A group of children attending a camp, standing outdoors in a row, with two of our educators


Volunteers are a vital part of Leslie Science & Nature Center and participate in almost every aspect of our organization. Volunteers help us meet the demands of our work throughout the year, but are especially crucial during the spring, summer, and fall. The volunteer experience offers participants the ability to develop knowledge and skills in a supportive environment. There are ongoing educational opportunities along with many other benefits.

Active Volunteers can sign into the Volgistics portal here >>

Teen Summer Camp Volunteers

Enthusiastic, responsible teens who enjoy working with young children, learning about nature, and being outside can volunteer with our Unity in Learning Summer Camps. Summer Camp Volunteers assist our Summer Camp Educators with their group of campers throughout the day by leading games, helping with crafts, and supervising lunchtime activities. Preference is given to teens available 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and to those in 9th grade and up. Ideally, volunteers will be able to work at a minimum of two weeks of summer camp. Volunteers can choose to do their service at Leslie Science & Nature Center or Yankee Air Museum in Belleville Click here to learn more about the summer camp volunteer program and apply.

Adult Volunteers

We welcome adult volunteers to help care for our resident wildlife, including our birds of prey and other live animals in the Critter House. Volunteers are critical to the success of the health and welfare of the animals here at LSNC, by regularly feeding, cleaning and providing enrichment.

In addition, adult volunteers have an opportunity to assist with our preschool programs, and participate in a variety of special programs.

Please fill out an application, and e-mail it to volunteer@lesliesnc.org
Adult Application

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks for your interest in coming out to LSNC! We have limited opportunities for groups to come on site and volunteer outdoors. If your group is interested in volunteer for an event or help us with an outdoor workday please email volunteer@lesliesnc.org

Serve on our Board of Directors

Leslie Science & Nature Center is governed by a Board of Directors. These members serve the organization as volunteers. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact our Executive Director, Susan Westhoff. The Board of Directors, individually and as a group, provide organizational governance, takes an active role in fundraising, fiscal stewardship, networking, public relations, long-range strategic development, event planning, and Board recruitment. Directors must exercise a strong sense of professionalism and high moral standards, maintaining the best interest of the Leslie Science & Nature Center. The Board relies on the experienced and professional staff of LSNC to run the daily operations and programming of the Center. We have periodic openings on the Board of Directors and/or its subcommittees.