Coastal cleanups are a great way for families, students, and service groups to work together to take care of our fragile marine environment. These are scheduled on an as-needed basis and usually take 2-4 hours. They are a great way to spend some time outside along the coastline, while also removing debris that can have a negative impact on Casco Bay.
Storm Drain Stenciling is a hands‐on way for volunteers to get outside and “take to the streets”. You will create a greater awareness for reducing stormwater pollution. We loan storm drain stenciling kits to local groups with all the instructions and materials needed to host a stenciling effort in your community.
Special Events like our Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Our biggest event of the year is our Wild & Scenic Film Festival. To pull off big events like this, we need the help of volunteers. These events help us raise money and awareness about our work. As a volunteer you might greet guests, help set out materials, plate snacks, pour drinks, or usher.
Volunteers make the difference!
Our volunteers come from all walks of life. One thing they have in common is that they want to make a difference.
Deb Dawson shares why she volunteers with us: “I spend a lot of time sailing and kayaking on Casco Bay. The marine ecology is what draws me to sea kayaking and I see so many interesting things while exploring the shallow areas among the islands. I see the delicate balance of the ocean and am curious about the elements that make marine life possible. So contributing to the data collection that Friends of Casco Bay uses to monitor the health of the bay is very gratifying in many ways. I get to spend time near the water, actively participate in water sampling, learn about the scientific method, and know that I’m providing real data to help protect the delicate balance of life in Casco Bay.”
Carol Taylor, a volunteer who samples at Bethel Point in Harpswell, says, “The sea is where life began—we need to love it, respect it, and monitor its health! I love being part of something bigger, better than myself.”
Learn how others have helped and how you can help:
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Casco Bay, like ocean waters around the world, is changing and changing quickly. We are evolving our water quality monitoring to stay on top of the science of how the Bay may be changing. At our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration this week [click here for photos!], we announced that we are launching… Read more
Rick Frantz and Jennifer Fox are part of Portland’s vibrant waterfront scene. They own Andy’s Old Port Pub on Commercial Street, and they take the ferry home each night to Great Diamond Island. Casco Bay is literally their backyard. On January 23, as more than 125 volunteers and supporters of Friends of… Read more