Get involved


Volunteers are the heart of Whatcom Land Trust and make what we do possible! Our common bond is a deep love of this land and the passion and dedication to protect it. The Land Trust has over 5,000 acres to manage and limited staff to do so. Without the help of our volunteers, stewarding this land would be impossible.


Our volunteers allow us to keep growing and impacting this wonderful place we call home. Thank you!

“As a Volunteer Land Steward, I have developed an incredibly unique relationship with the land. I’ve visited the same shoreline for five years. I’ve watched the river flood and change course, I’ve watched saplings become young Cedars, and I’ve watched Elk migrate through this habitat. Monitoring this property makes me feel connected to this ecosystem, that I have a role to play as one of the many living things on this landscape.”


– Janet LeeWahlder

Work Parties

Help restore critical landscapes in Whatcom County with other community members. At Work Parties, volunteers learn stewardship techniques like invasive species removal, native tree planting, and more. Events are generally held on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall from 9am to noon, allowing you to make a big impact in your community in just a few hours.

Volunteer Land Stewards

A Volunteer Land Steward will “adopt-a-property” and monitor on a regular basis; acting as the eyes and the ears of the Land Trust. The reason we are able to protect the more than 6,000 acres of land we own and manage is due to our dedicated corps of volunteers and donors.

Field Fridays

Want to spend some time with the Stewardship Team and learn a bit more about land trust conservation sites? Sign up for a Field Friday adventure generally held on the first Friday of the month. These are working days, and are more difficult than our shorter work parties. Volunteers should be prepared for all weather conditions and have tough, weather appropriate footwear and outerwear ready to traverse rugged, uneven terrain. 

Ambassador Program

Volunteer Ambassadors are trained representatives of the Land Trust. They attend community events, host Land Trust programs, and engage others in the mission of the Land Trust.