Gunpowder Valley ConservancyGunpowder Valley Conservancy
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a non-profit organization, mobilizes people and resources to care for the lands, waters and character of the Gunpowder Watershed, The GVC's Clear Creeks Project is a grant-funded, citizen-based initiative that ... Read more
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a non-profit organization, mobilizes people and resources to care for the lands, waters and character of the Gunpowder Watershed, The GVC's Clear Creeks Project is a grant-funded, citizen-based initiative that helps answer a community desire to restore the water quality of the Middle River, Tidal Gunpowder, and Bird River watersheds. Our Clear Creeks project can be found at http://www.clearcreeks.org/. Our goal: to help you "see your feets in our creeks!"
GVC offers multiple opportunities for volunteers, students, homeowners, and other interested parties to beautify their communities and help keep their local watersheds clean. Our work is of immeasurable benefit to the Chesapeake Bay and future generations growing up in smaller watersheds further inland.
Tree plantings and stream cleanups in the spring and fall make up a major part of our activities. We also offer unique chances to homeowners, enabling them to use monies put aside for them as grants to assist with environmentally-friendly garden landscaping and stormwater control in their own neighborhoods. Every hand is needed - contact us for further information on tree plantings, stream cleanups, BayWise certification, Rain Gardens, Edible Bayscapes, or Rain Barrels in your community today!
I have gotten much hands-on experience volunteering with GVC to complement my college courses. (I am writing this as an intern, for anyone who is considering an internship here.) I work with a supervisor who mentors me while also learning with me. She made great effort to fit around my schedule and choose activities that would be most relevant to my educational background. The project that I am a part of involves tree maintenance and removal of invasive species in the Loch Raven Reservoir. I plan to volunteer with GVC for a total of three months in order to fulfill a requirement for school. I hope to do more in terms of environmental education & outreach. From what I can tell, the organization could probably strengthen their outreach efforts and strive to give interns a greater breadth of experience. However, I do get to mix and match activities as long as I obtain permission. All in all, I am grateful to have this opportunity!
I've always wanted to participate in a tree planting project and this was really fun. I'm awkward, scared of bugs and not the most fond of plants but there I was digging holes, kneeling in the dirt, loosening root balls and planting trees. I knew planting trees was more than just digging a hole and dropping a tree in it but it there were a lot of instructions and things to be aware of. Snacks, water and lunch was even offered to the volunteers. I will definitely participate with GVC again!