Volunteer Ideas

100 Ways to Volunteer!

Ready to make a difference in your local environment and community?  Here are some ideas to get you started.  Connect with a facilitator and take your idea to the next level!  Have a new idea? Let us know.  This is a growing list led by the youth facilitators and volunteers.

Starting Out

Complete the onboarding package
10 hours
Learn about the invasive species council, watch a webinar, join the Facebook group, etc. Check out the Onboarding Package!

Create a self-development plan
1-5 hours
Identify your values, use those values to create goals, build timelines to describe how you will achieve those goals, use our volunteer program to help you complete your timeline.

Build your knowledge: Watch a webinar
2 hour / webinar
Visit ISCBC's event page for upcoming webinars and partner events!

Build your knowledge: Identify neighbourhood plants
1 - 4 hours
Get a plant ID book or download an app. Learn the basics of identifying plants including names of plant features, using a key, and seasonality. Record plant observations in your neighbourhood.  

Build your knowledge: Participate in a Bioblitz
1 - 4 hours
A BioBlitz is a communal citizen science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible. 

Build your knowledge: Neighbourhood nature inventory
10-25 hours
Identify different plants, animals, and insects in your neighbourhood, measure their abundance, and identify opportunities to enhance biodiversity or ecosystem services.

Build your knowledge: Learn about the Species at Risk Act
2 hours
How does the Species at Risk Act work? Explore the list of species that are included in the act in British Columbia.  If you're looking to work in the environmental sector, this is something that often arises in interviews and screening processes. Check out the Species at Risk Act.

Build your knowledge: Check out the ISCBC volunteer reading list
1+ hours
Did you know that the ISCBC has a book club? Pick a book to read or send us your environmental book recommendations and message your facilitator to find out how to get involved!

Host a discussion group
2-4 hours
Pick a topic of interest and do some background research. Identify current issues (example: the impacts of herbicides on bees) and invite people to debate or discuss this idea. Capture the discussion and create a summary document.

Lead a project

Ready to take on a leadership role and start on your own community service project? With the help of your facilitator, you can start on your own project that will help your community and local habitats.

Local park stewardship
20+ hours
Start by identifying a local park that needs attention. Reach out to your facilitator for guidance on planning:

  1. how to perform a nature inventory
  2. creating a proposal for your parks board
  3. how to work in the park effectively and safely
  4. how to recruit more volunteers to help you 5) how to document and share the work you've completed.

*Talk to your facilitator about how you can use your stewardship project to apply for a government microgrant.*

Neighbourhood garbage pickup
20+ hours

  1. Start by identifying a local space that needs attention. Reach out to your facilitator for guidance on planning: how to adhere to the rules of your municipality
  2. how to get safety equipment including gloves, trash bags, etc.
  3. how to recruit more volunteers to help you
  4. how to document and share the work you've completed.

*Talk to your facilitator about how you can use your stewardship project to apply for a government microgrant.*

Other project ideas?
We are excited to hear what kinds of community service projects you are interested in pursuing and how we can help get you started today!

Get creative

Put your creativity skills into action by developing creative resources that will help spread awareness and knowledge about Invasive Species!

Create an invasive species info sheet
2-6 hours
Design a document that helps people identify an invasive species and provides recommendations for what to do if you encounter the species.

Photography - invasive, Indigenous species and habitats
4+ hours
Take photos in your local community of invasive and Indigenous species. Your photos will be used in ISCBC communications. 

Design a coloring sheet
Design an invasive or Indigenous species colouring sheet for children to enjoy. 

Design an invasive free garden for your local area
Enjoy gardening? Research your local growing conditions and design an invasive free garden. 

Make an invasive species poster
1-5 hours
Design an engaging poster that educates people about an invasive species issue in your area.

Neighbourhood map
1-20 hours
Describe the location of different features in your neighbourhood. This can be artistic or scientific. A nature inventory can help you make a more accurate map. You can share this with your volunteer team and help others identify their neighbourhood ecological features.

Create a scavenger hunt
Plan a route through your neighbourhood that includes native and invasive plants. Create clues to help people locate the plants. Hide small indicators (like a painted stone) at each stop. Promote the scavenger hunt to your neighbours or the community.

Write an invasive species song
Use musical expression to communicate your knowledge of invasive species.

Write a nature poem
Flex your creativity and express yourself.

Fill out the volunteer spotlight form
1 hour
Page coming soon!

Make a herbarium 
20+ hours
Pick, identify and press a number of plants (invasive and natural) in your area to keep as an identification tool.

Creating Take Action Tuesday videos
10+ hours
Ask your facilitator if you can film a live event or provide some ideas for Take Action Tuesday. 

Share invasive species info on social media
1 hour
Write a post that inspires action about an invasive species in your area.

Become a blog post contributer
3+ hours
Write about a project, an outreach event or impacts of an invasive species and we'll post it up on the ISCBC blog!

Get Outside

Unable to participate in-person? Just because you can’t make it to events, doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and take action on your own time!

Make a bee bath
1 hour
Improve your community and local habitats by making a bee bath!

Plant propagation for planting 
10+ hours
Speak to Damian Assadi about growing your own plants from clippings!

Report invasive species 
0.5-2 hours
Download the report invasive app and go looking for invasive species in your neighbourhood.

Become a citizen scientist
1 hour
Download a citizen science app and use it to make observations.

Start a vermicomposter
4-10 hours
Make a worm bucket. Adopt some pet worms and feed them food scraps to reduce your carbon footprint and receive rich organic compost for your garden.

Plan an interpretive walk
2-8 hours
Select a local area of interest. Identify natural features you'd like to highlight. Work with a youth facilitator and plan a nature walk for your fellow volunteers!

Invasive weed pull
2 - 8 hours
Spend the day identifying and removing invasive species at a local park or recreation site.

Damian, an ISCBC youth volunteer, holds up a section of invasive English ivy at BCIT

Damian, an ISCBC youth volunteer, holds up a section of invasive English ivy at BCIT

ISCBC Youth Volunteers explore Scout Island, Williams Lake BC

ISCBC Youth Volunteers explore Scout Island, Williams Lake BC

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