Friends of the Bay volunteer opportunities come in every size and shape.
Projects take place on the bay, at the beach, in the office, at school and even up Mill Creek! Some last only a few hours, while others require more of a time commitment. You can volunteer yourself, with your friends, your family, neighbors, your company, school, or community group.
Volunteer for projects to help preserve, protect, and restore the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor estuary and surrounding watershed! Opportunities include cleanups, research, help with streams and outfalls testing and water quality monitoring. Volunteers can also help with data entry, filing, fundraising, and staffing a table at events. For more information, please sign up below or call (516) 922-6666.
Past Volunteer Opportunities……
Students from Long Island University Veterinary School, and St. Anthony’s, Our Lady of Mercy and Oyster Bay High Schools, among many other environmental stewards both young and old, participated to help keep our local waterways clean and healthy. Thank you for your tremendous efforts on a cold, windy morning!
Help Keep the Oyster in Oyster Bay (and Cold Spring Harbor) by working with family and friends and making new ones. Raising oysters improves water quality and enhances marine habitat while establishing a sustainable oyster population. Mostly though, folks are having a blast connecting with their neighbors and their local waters as they help their baby oysters grow big enough to fend for themselves (and filter up to 50 gallons of water per day).
Since 2017 hundreds of volunteers including families, scouts, church groups, students, yacht, garden and bath club members and elected officials have been raising oysters in “community gardens.” The project is led by the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, along with Friends of the Bay, the Village of Laurel Hollow, the Town of Oyster Bay, Cornell Cooperative Extension and numerous other organizations. To date more than 100,000 oysters have been released into and around a spawner sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor.