Volunteers are the backbone of the Stony Kill Foundation, and we would not be able to accomplish all that we do without them. Many opportunities exist, even if you have only a little time to commit. Training/shadowing is available when needed and if applicable.
Barn Guides: The Barn at Stony Kill Farm is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning in March and continuing through the end of November. Barn Guides are needed to give visitors tours of the Barn and show them the farm animals.
Program Instructors: There are numerous opportunities for school and scout groups to visit Stony Kill Farm, and program instructors are needed for these visits. Operation Explore teaches students in grades 4, 5, and 6 where their food and water come from. Farm Days affords pre-school through 3rd graders the opportunity to get a “behind the scenes” look at the Barn and the farm animals. Scout groups often visit Stony Kill Farm for a general tour or to fulfill specific badge requirements.
Special Events: Four major events are held at Stony Kill Farm each year. The Spring Celebration and Plant Sale, Butterfly Festival in the summer, Harvest Festival in the fall, and Holiday Open Barn in the winter. Volunteers are needed to bake and to staff the bake sale/refreshment tables, greet visitors, conduct children’s activities and crafts, work at the Gift Shop, provide entertainment, take photographs, man information tables, and much more.
Trail Work: There are a little over 8 miles of trails at Stony Kill Farm. Volunteers are needed to walk the trails on a regular basis to report on any problems. And we welcome help with resolving the problems by, for example, trail clearing.
Fund-raising/Grants: As should be the case for any healthy organization, raising funds and securing grants is always a work in progress for the Stony Kill Foundation. If you have any fund-raising/grant writing experience that you can share with us or ideas that we might explore, and/or you are willing to assist in these efforts, we would be grateful for your help.
Greenhouse: The Foundation maintains a Greenhouse at Stony Kill Farm, which is used as part of the Operation Explore program and for growing vegetables and other plants that are sold at our annual Plant Sale. Assistance is needed for such tasks as planting, watering, weeding, pinching, and cutting.
Verplanck Memorial Perennial Garden: Lots of seasonal work is required to maintain the perennial garden. If gardening is your thing, we certainly could use your assistance and expertise.
Maintenance: Although Stony Kill Farm is still being maintained by NYSDEC Operations, what they are available to do is somewhat limited. Volunteers are needed to assist with some routine maintenance tasks, as well as to complete some simple projects.