Volunteer Opportunities

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 conference@inpaws.org

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 booksale@inpaws.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 conservation@inpaws.org.

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 webmaster@inpaws.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 smallgrants@inpaws.org

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 historian@inpaws.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 invasives@inpaws.org.

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 landscape@inpaws.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 membership@inpaws.org

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 journal@inpaws.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 plantsale@inpaws.org

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 webmaster@inpaws.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.

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