Our Other Opportunities

Natural Biodiversity™

Natural Biodiversity is the newest program under the Nature Abounds umbrella, currently piloting in Pennsylvania.  Acquired in 2017 from a regionally-focused nonprofit conservancy, the program has engaged over 100,000 people in conservation education programs, mobilized 2,500 people in environmental service learning, and restored various tracts of land through habitat restoration and invasive species control projects, over the past 13 years. 


More information, including just a few accomplishments, about Natural Biodiversity can be read below. 

  • Founded in 2003. 
  • Completed several habitat restoration projects, including a project at the Park of 1889, in St. Michael PA. This project was not just significant for its environmental importance, but also for the site's historic significance of being the bed of Lake Conemaugh which broke causing the Johnstown Flood of 1889, killing over 2000 residents downstream. Through this project alone, Natural Biodiversity engaged over 270 volunteers who planted over 900 individual plants representing more than 50 native Pennsylvania plant species. 
  • Pioneered invasive species education through the creation of a BioBullies educational supplement for schools. The educational supplement includes a website (www.pennbiodiversity.org) where educators can access exceptional resources to incorporate invasive species education into their classrooms. Through the site, educators can access the BioBullies curriculum tailored for grades 4-8 which contains indoor and outdoor lesson plans , comic book stories, flashcards, worksheets and other materials. There's also links to Cosmo's world, a video series for grades 6-8 that includes lesson plans specifically addressing the topics of biodiversity, water resources, energy conservation and sustainable agriculture. Lastly, through this site, you can access the Kids' Patch for grades K-6 which is a unique resource that encourages parents and educators to turn the outdoors into a classroom for kids!!!
  • Partnered with West Virginia University to develop a landscape-based predictive model to prioritize invasive species management activities within the Kiski-Conemaugh (PA) Watershed. The model utilized geographic data verified with site surveys to determine the susceptibility of a site to invasive species. The model can now be used to predict where invasive plants are likely to spread and aid in early detection and rapid response activities within a localized watershed. 
  • Served as a local National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Habitat Stewards Ambassador host. 

More information about Natural Biodiversity can be found at http://www.naturalbiodiversity.org/ .

Senior Environment Corps™

 The Senior Environment Corps (SEC) program engages volunteers aged 55 and over. SEC volunteers are engaged in numerous activities from water quality monitoring, stream habitat assessment, storm-drain stenciling, environmental education, community gardening, wildlife surveying, marking abandoned oil and gas wells, and cleaning up parks and trails.


Since 1997, SEC volunteers in Pennsylvania have contributed well over 2,000,000 hours, and their contribution is estimated to be of value to the state at over $3 million per year. SEC volunteers are currently active in 24 Pennsylvania counties. 


In addition to the SEC groups in Pennsylvania, there are active SEC groups in Cecil County (Maryland) Madison County/Huntsville (Alabama), and New Jersey's Trenton area. Nature Abounds is exploring opportunities to expand the SEC program into other areas of the country. 


Check out our SEC dedicated website at www.secofusa.org. 

Are you 55 years old or over and want to help the environment? Join a Senior Environment Corps (SEC) group in your area or even start your own local SEC group. 


Check out what our Senior Environment Corps of Pennsylvania has accomplished over the past twenty years in the PaSEC Snapshot report.

Keepers of the Forest™

 

Have you ever seen...
An illegal dump in the woods?
A suspicious person or vehicle near a waterway?
An injured / orphaned wild animal?
How about a stand of timber that did not look healthy?
If you answered yes to any of these...Did you know what to do?

This opportunity is currently being piloted in Pennsylvania.

As a Keepers of the Forest volunteer, you will learn what to do, who to call, and how to be successful at seeing action on some of the biggest issues facing our forests and rural areas today.


As a Keepers of the Forest volunteer, Nature Abounds will work with you to remedy those problems.  Our forests and rural areas face challenges and it’s up to us as citizens to do our best to protect our area.