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Volunteer Opportunities

SALTís "Hands to Lands" Volunteer Program

The Hands to Lands volunteer program supports the conservation and land management work of the Sandhills Area Land Trust. The program began in 2003 to help protect the Longleaf Pine ecosystem through community involvement on the natural lands owned and managed by SALT. Plans are being made to expand the work of volunteers supervised by SALT to include sites operated by other Sandhills conservation organizations.

Guided by seasoned professional coordinators, Hands to Lands volunteers accomplish important land management and stewardship activities for SALT and its conservation partners including The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Sandhills Ecological Institute, and the U.S. Army at Ft. Bragg, N.C. SALT recruits and manages volunteers, identifies volunteer projects and works collaboratively with partner organizations to ensure volunteers have a meaningful and enjoyable experience.

Volunteers Play a Key Role in Conservation

As a Hands to Lands volunteer, you will experience our region's unique Sandhills landscape while at the same time making a difference in our community by helping with projects such as:

  • Increasing recreation value by creating trails and bike paths
  • Preparing a preserve for a controlled ecological burn;
  • Posting signs, or monitoring for unwanted uses or encroachment on sites;
  • Planting longleaf pine and native plant species;
  • Preparing a lecture or designing an educational campaign;
  • Organizing an educational nature hike or canoe trip;
  • Counting endangered flower or bird species; or
  • Educating surrounding land owners about the importance of protecting a local nature preserve or natural area.
  • We strive to match your talents and interests with meaningful projects on SALT preserves and at our collaborating partners' properties. Training is provided.

    Volunteers range in age from 9 to 90, and to accommodate volunteers' busy lives, projects are available during the daytime, weekends, or evenings for a few hours or on an ongoing basis. Because we take pride in developing a volunteer program, every phase of the volunteer's recruitment, training, projects, and retention is carefully planned and managed by SALT staff.

    Why Volunteer for Hands to Lands?

  • To contribute to the community's and your own quality of life
  • To learn about the natural environment
  • To meet new people
  • To enjoy the out-of-doors
  • To make a lasting contribution to the landscape
  • To spend quality time with family and friends
  • To explore new places
  • To have fun!
  • If you would like to participate in any way, check out SALT's Calendar of Events for upcoming opportunities. AND Fill out our volunteer information request and one of our staff will contact you with more information.