Volunteer with Friends of the Rappahannock

Our volunteers have an incredible impact on the health of the Rappahannock River.

Volunteers help with a wide-range of tasks that make a difference for the river. Review our programs to see what best fits your passion. Please contact the staff member leading the program of your choice, and they will share volunteer opportunities with you.

River Restoration Projects


Work on projects to help restore the river and its tributaries to a cleaner and more sustainable condition. For example, help plant trees along a creek in Sperryville, pick up litter in Fredericksburg, or restore an oyster reef with recycled shell in Urbanna. Individuals and groups are encouraged to get involved. 


  • Tree plantings
  • River cleanups
  • Oyster reef restoration
  • Living shoreline installation
  • Green infrastructure installation

FOR Nature Preserve Maintenance

Contact:  FOR Office

Help keep all our sites and trails maintained and program ready. Our nature preserve, located near downtown Fredericksburg, hosts over 7,000 students and continuous environmental programs each year. 

  • Trail & site maintenance: mulching, trimming back undergrowth, cutting out trees blocking trails, fixing picnic tables
  • Emergency maintenance after storm events: removing fallen trees, branches, repairing damaged shelter roofs
  • Invasive plant species removal
  • Native Plant Garden/ Rain Garden maintenance


Outreach Events

Contact:  Carleigh Starkston

Be the friendly face that inspires others to make a difference. Throughout the year, we participate in community events to share FOR’s work on behalf of the river. Help us prepare, promote and participate in these events. 

  • Connect with the general public on environmental issues
  • Hand-out materials
  • Display and sell merchandise
  • Organize event supplies


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