Schiff's original 350 acres was preserved thanks to the hard work and dedication of a core group of volunteers with a vision to protect the natural beauty of the Pleasant Valley area.
Since then, Schiff has been able to thrive and grow based on this tradition of community service.
There are many ways to volunteer at Schiff. Our monthly Volunteer Work Days make everyone a "land steward for a day!" Check our online calendar for dates and times.
Schiff also welcomes corporate volunteer groups, scout troops, religious groups, schools, and other organizations who wish to donate time or earn community service hours. Please email us at to make appropriate arrangements.Listed below are just a few ways to volunteer at Schiff. We welcome your suggestions and ideas!
The work of maintaining the trails, gardens, and facilities of the Schiff Nature Preserve is a year round project, but much work is needed over the summer. Under the leadership of the Stew Crew Leader, the Volunteer Stew Crew offers teens (16+) and young adults an opportunity to complete up to 50 hours of volunteer time while learning about land stewardship in a "hands on" fashion through the completion of projects such as:
- Trail Maintenance
- Native Garden Maintenance
- Invasive Species Removal
- Outdoor Classroom Restoration
- General Facilities Upkeep
The Stew Crew Leader position is a paid position for an enthusiastic, invested, young person with an interest in the environment, sustainability, and animal and plant biology. During July and early August, in addition to supporting the Summer Nature Program director, the Stew Crew Leader gathers 5-10 volunteers, organizes work days, and completes a total of 50 hours of work commitment. Applicants are welcomed to send a letter of interest, a resume, and references to .