Volunteer Resource Page

Hello Carolina Wetlands Association Volunteers and Welcome to the Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the team of people that will participate in the Pilot Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program.

This is an exciting time for the Carolina Wetlands Association as we partner with NC State University and RTI International to launch this program that is a result of a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Safety Guide

Please read through the entirety of the VWMP Field Safety Guide

This guide covers everything you need to know about staying safe during our wetland monitoring visits. The Carolina Wetlands Association requires that all VWMP volunteers read this document.

Schedule for Volunteers

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 
7:00 PM
Volunteer Welcome and Orientation Virtual Meeting
Zoom Link: 


Meeting ID: 749 610 0186
Passcode: 1G2NiR  

Saturday, February 5, 2022 
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Volunteer In-Person Training
Robertson Millpond Preserve 
6333 Robertson Pond Rd, Wendell, NC 27591
Saturday, February 19, 2022 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
First Monitoring Day at Robertson Millpond Preserve
Robertson Millpond Preserve 
6333 Robertson Pond Rd, Wendell, NC 27591
Saturday, February 19, 2022 
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
First Monitoring Day at Hemlock Bluffs
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27518
Sunday, February 20, 2022 
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
First Monitoring Day at Mason Farm
Mason Farm Biological Preserve
Chapel Hill, NC


Tentative Dates for Future Monitoring Days:

  • June 4th and 5th
  • September 10th and 11th
  • December 3rd and 4th

Wetland Information

Training and Demonstration Videos

Field Work 101 – Optional Training – For volunteers with limited or no experience in field work.
Field Work 101 - Slide Deck PDF
Field Work 101 - Optional Training Video (6:18)
Volunteer Welcome & Orientation Presentation
Welcome and Orientation Presentation - Slide Deck PDF
Welcome and Orientation Presentation - Recording of 1/12/2022 Event (53:28)

Get Familiar with iNaturalist

  • Download the iNaturalist App (available on iPhone and Android) and use it around your neighborhood or favorite park.
  • Watch this short video showing how to make an observation on iNaturalist:  https://vimeo.com/162581545 (1 min, 24 secs)
  • Join the North Carolina Pilot Volunteer Wetlands Monitoring Program project by searching on the app or visiting: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/north-carolina-volunteer-wetland-monitoring-pilot-program

Note: Your practice observations will not be saved to the VWMP project. We will only add observations from the VWMP study areas on our monitoring days into the project.

Links To Other Resources