The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) has always had a strong volunteer force that tends the organization’s five open-to-the-public nature preserves. In 2018 in response to a growing need for more consistent attention to each preserve’s unique needs, ECWA launched a Preserve Stewards Program.
Preserve stewards typically live, work, or attend school near their preserve. Preserve stewards regularly visit their preserve and are responsible for removing trash, restocking dog waste bags, keeping preserve signs and kiosks up-to-date, and coordinating workdays. Stewardship Coordinator, Donna Myers, trains and supports each steward.
We’re looking for more stewards, so if you live near the Beaver Marsh, 17-Acre Wood, Pearl Mill, or Glennstone Nature Preserve and are interested in becoming a preserve steward, please contact Donna Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org. And the next time you’re on a preserve and see one of those dedicated preserve stewards—they’ll be wearing light blue ECWA shirts—please tell them thank you!
The youngest preserve stewards are from Pathfinder Community School.
Preserve stewards frequently lead workdays.
Hope Wilder and her students at Pathfinder Community School are the preserve stewards for The Rocks. There are also stewards for Pearl Mill and 17-Acre Wood. McAdams Company supports the program at the Beaver Marsh. We are in the process of creating a group at Glennstone Preserve thanks to support from a Triangle Community Foundation Support for Places: Environmental Conservation Public Benefit Grant. REI Co-op also provided a generous grant to build trails and update preserve communications at Glennstone.