Seal of Caroll County, Maryland

Hashawha Environmental Center /
Bear Branch Nature Center

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    HEC: 410-386-3560
    BBNC: 410-386-3580

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Bear Branch Nature Center’s wonderful, hard-working volunteers make everything possible. If you are interested in volunteering at Bear Branch Nature Center, please fill out the application found here and send or email the completed form to Bear Branch Nature Center staff.

Regular volunteers assist with a variety of tasks, including animal care, weeding and gardening, greeting visitors, and preparing materials for upcoming programs. Regular volunteer shifts are available Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. All regular volunteers must be at least 14 years old.


Bear Branch Nature Center also hosts regular volunteer events that the entire family is welcome to join. These opportunities are listed in the Recreation and Parks program guide, found here.

Additionally, Bear Branch Nature Center is always looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring bluebird boxes; as well as helping with our two large festivals each year.

If you are interested in volunteering at Bear Branch Nature Center or have questions regarding volunteer opportunities, scout projects, or service-learning days, please contact Bear Branch Nature Center staff at 301-386-3580 or

If you are interested in removing invasive plant species here at Bear Branch or in other areas around the county, please visit the Carroll County Forestry Board’s Weed Warrior program page.