Become a Beach Ambassador in 2016!

The Beach Ambassadors are ready to share what they learned.

Learn more from present volunteers on May 12th, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Contact for location.

Do you love the beach – its wildlife, scenery, plants, shells and saltwater? Do you want to share your love and knowledge with others? If so, Beach Ambassadors may be the volunteer opportunity for you! To go directly to an application, click here.

Drama at the Osprey nest.

Drama at the Osprey nest.

We run three sorts of programs Nelson Park in Plymouth, and occasionally at Long Beach: osprey viewing stations, kids’ nature discovery activities and nature walks. We also lead programs at outdoors and wildlife festivals throughout the spring, summer and fall, such as Pine Fest in Myles Standish State Forest and the Cape Cod Wildlife Festival in Barnstable.

We believe that people and wildlife can share the beach and other coastal areas. We help beach visitors discover and enjoy wildlife, plants, shells, sand and more in ways that allow all to thrive.

Looking through the spotting scopes at the Osprey nest.

Beach Ambassadors participate in  fun training consisting of three indoor sessions and two field trips.

Paul Anderson is an expert at running Wrack Attack

Paul Anderson is an expert at running Wrack Attack

Afterwards, each volunteer chooses what they would like to do: introduce visitors to our local osprey families at their nesting platform, run nature activities for kids on the beach or at festivals, or lead nature walks for adults and older children… or all three! Instructions, supplies and oversight are provided.

Outdoor work, education and fun - a great combination!

Beach Ambassadors and high school students collect data on marine debris during COASTSWEEP.

There are also opportunities for citizen science and stewardship projects like taking notes on osprey behavior and entering the data in an online national database, conducting shorebird surveys, helping to restore roseate tern habitat, picking up trash off the beach and helping to erect and move symbolic fencing that delineates beach-nesting bird habitat.

Louise Kelly at HarborFest

Louise Kelley at HarborFest

Potential Beach Ambassadors should be in good physical condition and be able to walk at least a half-mile in sand. They should be able to withstand the sun, heat and wind of the beach. Experience teaching, leading nature walks, and/or bird watching is useful, but not a requirement.

Jordan, a youth volunteer, teaches about clams

Jordan, a youth volunteer, teaches about clams

Find an ADULT application by clicking here. YOUTH volunteers and interns do not have to attend the trainings if unavailable. YOUTH application here. Description of youth volunteer and intern programs here.

For answers to your questions, or to set up a time to talk, email Dorie Stolley, the volunteer coordinator, at

Training calendar is below.

BA training schedule 2016 Class & FT