Restore Yourself and the Earth

Published: Apr 25, 2017

Restoration projects are a fun way to spend a day outside and do something good for the earth. This May, volunteers are needed in New Hampshire and nearby in Massachusetts to help restore rivers, wildlife habitat, and sand dunes. Our shared stewardship calendar has the latest opportunities from over 175 different groups. These events are great for any skill level, too. You'll be helping to plant native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers that have many benefits on the landscape and for people and communities, not just for wildlife. Check out the list of upcoming events to find the right fit for you.


Sand Dune Restoration

Volunteers are needed to help restore the Plum Island Dunes! Join the Coastal Research Volunteers in planting native dune vegetation to restore the Plum Island sand dunes in Newburyport, MA. Sand dunes play a critical role in protecting communities during storm events. The grass we plant will help build the dunes that, in turn, will help protect homes, businesses, and infrastructure, stabilize the beaches, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Sponsored by the N.H. Sea Grant Coastal Research Volunteers:

  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Newburyport, MA.

Sand Dune Restoration - Seacoast Region/North Shore in MA

Shrub Planting for Cottontails

The Strafford County Conservation District needs volunteers to help plant native shrubs to restore habitat for the New England cottontail rabbit. New England cottontails are a state-endangered species, and are New Hampshire's only native rabbit. The New England cottontail relies on dense shrubland habitat to survive, so planting shrubs is an important part of the work being done to help the species.

Sponsored by the Strafford County Conservation District:

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Madbury, NH.

Plant Shrubs for Cottontails - Seacoast Region

Native Plants for River Health

The Merrimack River Watershed Council needs volunteers to help plant native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers along the Merrimack River in Pembroke and Concord, New Hampshire. The health of a river is critically linked to the land that surrounds it. Our plantings include saplings to increase tree cover along the bank, shrubs to provide food for wildlife, and wildflowers to create pollinator habitat.

Sponsored by the Merrimack River Watershed Council, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the Stewardship Network: New England:

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Concord, NH.

Plants for River Health - Greater Concord

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Pembroke, NH.

Plants for River Health - Greater Concord