Chambers Brook Tree Planting Event

Tuesday, May 14th

Raritan Headwaters Association has partnered with the Readington Township WaterWatch Committee to improve the riparian buffer along the Chambers Brook in Whitehouse Station and will be planting 875 native trees and shrubs along the riverbank on during the month of May. RHA is seeking volunteers to help plant these trees and install tree protection to prevent deer browse. RHA and Readington Township will be pre-drilling holes for the trees, so no to very minimal digging will be necessary during the planting.

To learn more and sign up, click here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if you have any questions.

Stewardship Day – Fairview Farm

Friday, May 17th

Join RHA’s Land Stewardship Manager, Ed Whitehead for a few hours of stewardship work on Friday afternoon, May 17th. Tasks to include meadow maintenance and cutting and removal of multiflora rose and other invasives. Please dress for the weather and for working in an area with briars, tall grass and shrubs. Long sleeves, pants, heavy work gloves and sturdy shoes recommended. Volunteers 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

To learn more and sign up, click here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if you have any questions.

Ride for the River

Saturday, May 18th

Ride for the River is a fundraising event gathers motorcyclists from the tri-state area and takes them on a ride through our watershed, over bridges and along streams. Participants meet at Rollin’ Fast Cycle Sports for check in and breakfast, then head out on the road. There are five stops along the route where riders stop to pick up a poker card. Everyone ends up back at the Rollin’ Fast Cycle for lunch, music and prizes. This is a fun, casual day with a great group of people, music and food. Volunteers are needed from set up to clean up. Many different positions and shift times are available. Take one shift or help us all day.

To learn more and sign up, click here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if you have any questions.

Tree Planting Maintenance

Thursday, May 22nd

Raritan Headwaters and Somerset County Parks Commission planted 1,000 trees and shrubs at North Branch Park in the fall of 2022. We had some heavy winter storms this year and some of the tree protection materials got banged up, so we are seeking your help to re-secure all the tree protection materials before this year’s growing season. RHA will provide any and all tools and equipment needed. All you need to do is bring water and a snack and dress for the weather.

To learn more and sign up, click here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if you have any questions.

Stewardship Day – Fox Hill Preserve

Friday, May 23rd

Join RHA’s Land Stewardship Manager, Ed Whitehead for a few hours of stewardship work at our Fox Hill Preserve located in Tewksbury Twp on Thursday afternoon, May 23rd. Tasks will include tree maintenance and removal of invasive plants. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

To learn more and sign up, click here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if you have any questions.

Shedfest Music Festival

Sunday, June 2nd

RHA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers four our Shedfest Music Festival featuring local bands, food trucks, beer, cider, ice cream, a field maze, and more! We have a wide variety of volunteer shifts available from set up to clean up, food serving, parking, check ins, kids activities, and more!

To learn more and sign up, click here. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if you have any questions.

Junior Camp Counselors Needed

We are excited for our 29th year of Nature Day Camp! Our camps take place at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Bedminster. Our preserve is a 170-acre property with 5 miles of trails, a small pond, three classrooms, and lots of room to explore! At Nature Day Camp we use nature as a classroom: we explore trails, go on adventures, do nature crafts, and even look for fairies and sasquatch! Being a volunteer at our camp is a fun learning experience; we hope you will join our team of enthusiastic, supportive educators, teens, and campers!

A great Nature Day Camp volunteer:

  • Loves working with children.
  • Loves the outdoors.
  • Is responsible, on-time, and enthusiastic.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • You must be available to volunteer for the entire week-long session that you sign up for. Sessions are Monday to Friday, June through August, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm each day. Volunteers may sign up to help at multiple sessions of camp throughout the summer!
  • You will be contacted to attend a volunteer orientation and training in June. You’ll get a tour of the property, see what classroom(s) you’ll be working in, meet other volunteers, and get an overview of what is expected of you!
  • Volunteers assist Educators at camp by helping keep campers organized, and help with simple tasks like tying shoes, washing hands, holding hands on the trail, etc.
  • Depending on the age, different campers need help in different ways. Younger children may need to hold hands with someone on a hike, while older children may need help understanding a project.
  • Volunteers are an essential part of our Nature Day Camp team. Campers love interacting with volunteers, look up to them, and look to them for guidance and support.

Click here to learn more about camp and sign up to volunteer. If you have any questions about our camp, about what age group is right for you, or anything else we can help you with, please reach out to Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb or Director of Education Lauren Theis.

Volunteers over the age of 18 will be asked to complete a background check before their camp session begins.

Scout Projects

Eagle Scouts (and other local troops) are needed to help with the following projects. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Newcomb if interested.
-construct kestrel boxes
-put chicken wire down on slippery trail surfaces
-construct boardwalks along trails
-propose your own project idea

Stream Monitoring Program

Are you interested in learning more about your local environment? Do you want to be a part of a large group working to understand and protect the health of our water? Become a Stream Monitoring volunteer! Each year, our team of citizen scientists collect important water quality and habitat data from streams and rivers in the Raritan Headwaters region. Data is utilized by NJDEP and EPA for regulatory purposes, stream antidegradation categories, and to inform public policy. Click here to learn more or contact Watershed Scientist, Ben Harris at bharris@raritanheadwaters.org or 908-234-1852 ext. 315. We are willing to provide short presentations on the project to interested groups or classes.

Watershed Wellness Wednesdays – Coming Soon

Be a part of RHA’s Summer Stewardship Series! Starting June 5th. Stay tuned for more information!