Volunteering can be the best part of INPAWS membership—you meet the most interesting people! We have volunteer activities to suit every interest and energy level.
Annual Conference Meet experts in a variety of fields while staging an educational/outreach event of benefit to the community. Volunteer opportunities include event coordination and help with publicity, catering, speakers, exhibitors, set-up/clean-up, and registration. Detailed notes and documents from previous conferences provide guidance. Email email@example.com.
Book Sales Select titles to sell at the Plant Sale and Annual Conference. Help set up/take down the book display, serve as cashier, organize book signings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conservation Advocacy Plan work days with land trusts and parks, represent INPAWS in activities ofthe Indiana Conservation Alliance (e.g., Conservation Day at the Statehouse), and educate legislators/members on conservation issues related to INPAWS’ mission. Email email@example.com.
Communications/Website Anticipate what news and events will interest current and prospective INPAWS members and connect with them via the website and social network media. Send email blasts, keep the website fresh, write a blog, maintain a Facebook presence, and otherwise take advantage of technology to engage the membership and further the INPAWS mission. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Outreach Represent INPAWS at public events such as Earth Day, Flower and Patio Show, Conservation Day at the Zoo, and the Master Gardener Spring Garden Clinic. Opportunities include booth setup/takedown and engaging with the public at the INPAWS booth. Email your regional chapter leader.
Grants and Awards Evaluate small grant proposals yearly in the spring, or investigate large grant requests as received. INPAWS supports or rewards initiatives that promote the appreciation, preservation, conservation, utilization, and scientific study ofIndiana native plants and/or that educate the public about their value, beauty, diversity, and environmental importance. Email email@example.com
Hikes/Field Trips Put your planning skills or fresh ideas to use as you collaborate in developing interesting excursions for INPAWS members. The committee meets early in the year to plan outings for a March through October timeframe. No member is too new to INPAWS to participate. Email your regional chapter leader.
Historian Maintain and safely store INPAWS records such as Founding Papers, Minutes, Financial Reports, Programs, Yearbooks, Newsletters, and Annual Conference materials. Research past history as needed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Invasive Plant Education Speak to interested groups or bring the INPAWS invasives display to public events. Develop materials on invasive species, or help distribute these to your local library, nursery, or neighborhood. Email email@example.com.
Invasive Plant Removal Participate in organized assaults on invasives that are spoiling our natural areas and destroying habitat. Enjoy working outdoors with the camaraderie of fellow members. Email your regional chapter leader.
Landscaping Support Evaluate information available to gardeners and landscapers concerning native plants; fill gaps with accurate information; provide landscaping support on the INPAWS website; maintain the list of nursery sources and designers working with native plants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Solicit, receive, and track INPAWS memberships and renewals; maintain member database and provide reports to officers, committee chairs, and chapter leaders; update the annual Membership Directory; provide mailing lists for publicity; develop plans to build and enhance the value of INPAWS membership. Email email@example.com
Native Plant Garden Tours/Demonstrations Create temporary or permanent native plant display gardens or organize garden tours showing Hoosier gardeners what native plants look like and how to use them in their landscapes. A great opportunity for avid gardeners, designers, and discriminating weeders. Email your regional chapter leader.
Native Plant Rescue Save native plants from natural areas under heavy development pressure; overwinter them, then pot and label half the take for INPAWS’ spring Plant Sale/Auction. Scout for rescue opportunities and secure permission to dig. Care for and transport plants to the sale venue, or propagate natives using seed collected from members’ gardens and the wild. Email your regional chapter leader.
Newsletter INPAWS Journal seeks ideas or expertise that might interest our membership. Writing/editing assistance is provided. Opportunities include roving reporters for trips or events; members having a story to tell about their gardens or local initiatives; professional/amateur experts to share their knowledge; and persons with editing, proofreading, photography, or graphic design skills. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant Sale/Auction A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals for a fun, fast-paced day. Volunteers stage a 2-hour sale and 1-hour auction of 100% native-to-Indiana plants. Helper may choose among many tasks, for example: plan the event/location, solicit plant donations, publicize the event, oversee checkin/checkout, assign volunteer tasks, receive plant deliveries, set up hospitality and education tables, organize plant display, manage auction items, record auction bidding, etc. Email email@example.com
Publicity/Public Relations Apply your marketing flair to cultivate interest in what INPAWS has to offer. Update or fine-tune the mailing list of potential audiences. Help publicize INPAWS events, coordinate an outreach campaign, develop creative ways to share INPAWS information with the public, or simply scan your local area for outreach opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers Bureau/Presentations Present a PowerPoint slide show on a topic such as Spring Wildflowers, Aliens, or Native Trees for the Landscape. Slide shows come with prepared scripts enabling any member to speak to an interested group at the local library or garden club. Volunteers are needed to provide good digital images of native plants, develop new presentations, or schedule volunteer speakers for events at the chapter level when invitations arrive. Email your regional chapter leader.
Youth Outreach Make possible youth field trips to natural areas through Letha’s Youth Outdoors Fund; help to engage children in nature play and study as a field trip participant; develop programs to bring young people into contact with native plants. Email your regional chapter leader.
INPAWS is an all-volunteer organization. We count on members to step up and lend a hand in their areas of interest and/or expertise.
Our most dedicated volunteers invest weeks of their time each year, but even a three-hour commitment from each member could make a huge difference to the fulfillment of INPAWS’ mission.
When you join or renew your INPAWS membership, please check at least one volunteer option on the membership form. Volunteering with INPAWS is a great way to enjoy the company of interesting people.