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Volunteer Opportunities

April 26, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Volunteering is one of the best ways that you can help protect your lands and waters from the impacts of invasive species. SLELO PRISM and our partners offer volunteer opportunities seasonally and sometimes throughout the year depending on needs. Attending any of the events hosted by SLELO or our partners counts towards achievements with our Volunteer Challenge 

Check often as more opportunities will be added as they are received. If you are a SLELO Partner and have a volunteer opportunity to list here contact megan.pistolese@tnc.org.

SLELO PRISM Volunteer opportunities:

  • Aid plantings at restoration sites. The dates and sites listed below are tentative. Meeting times will be between 9 AM- 11 AM and plantings will run between 2-3 hours. Volunteers will be limited to keep disturbances at restoration sites minimal.

Register for more details and to reserve your volunteer spot.

    • October 26th @ either Deer Creek WMA or El Dorado Preserve (location TBD)
    • October 30th @ either Deer Creek WMA or El Dorado Preserve (location TBD)


  • Help monitor for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid by joining a guided walk and talk. Participants will be trained on how to monitor for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive forest pest that kills hemlock trees, and how to report observations using a free mobile app called iMapInvasives. Hikes will be held from November through March.
    • 2023-2024 Walk & Talk Schedule 
      • 11/1/23 Whetstone Gulf, Lowville
      • 12/13/23 Salmon River Falls, Orwell
      • 1/10/24 Trenton Greenbelt, Holland Patent
      • 2/14/24 Forest Park, Camden
      • 3/13/24 Great Bear Rec. Area, Fulton

get details and register


  • This November through March, you can join the Virtual Hike Challenge by following the steps below!
    • Fill out the VHC form to sign up!
    • Take a hike anytime this fall and winter at any public trail or favorite hiking spot you want!
    • Check hemlock tree branches for the white woolly masses of hemlock woolly adelgid.
    • Report observations to iMapInvasives.
    • Share your experience on social media.

    Take the Challenge & get Details!

Partner Events: 

Indian River Lakes Conservancy (IRLC)

Below is a list of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities hosted by IRLC that you can get involved in, click the link above to view details on their website.

State-wide Opportunities: 

Help survey for spotted lanternfly (SLF) by “adopting” a survey site to monitor for the presence and symptoms of SLF and report observations to iMapInvasives.org (learn more).

NYiMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.

Click the links below to become familiar with iMap


April 26
March 31, 2024

Contact megan.pistolese@tnc.org to list your events on our events page and on Facebook.  

SLELO PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between  Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting at 10 am.

If you want to receive partner meeting announcements please email rwilliams@tnc.org .

Save the Date for 2023 Partner Meetings:

Thursday, October 12th

Keewaydin State Park – Marina Pavilion, 10 am-12 pm 45165 State Route 12, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

The PRISM Network hosts a monthly Speaker Series on the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December).

View the Webinar Schedule & Access Recordings

iMapInvasives holds training webinars after the PRISM  Speaker Series from 1 pm-2 pm. Visit the iMap website for details and to register. 

 View Events Pages of the PRISM Network


Capital Region PRISM 

Catskill (CRISP) PRISM 

Finger Lakes PRISM

LIISMA (Long Island) PRISM  

Lower Hudson PRISM

Western NY PRISM