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:
Pop quiz: Can you figure out which of these photos is of Casco Bay? The correct answer is B—but on any given day or part of the Bay, Casco Bay could look like any of these three pictures. Why does it matter? Water color can be an important indicator of the environmental health… Read more
As you may know, Friends of Casco Bay has joined a worldwide effort to better understand how our waters may be changing—by observing water color. Since we launched our Color by Numbers pilot project three months ago, 178 of you have signed up to measure the color of Casco Bay. The map of Casco Bay… Read more
Want to get outside, take photos that may help protect the health of Casco Bay, and connect with other community members? We invite you to join our new volunteer Observing Network, Water Reporter, an exciting way to share what you see around the Bay. In 2016 and 2017, we saw a concerning increase in the number… Read more