One of the reasons the Bog Boardwalk is able to provide one of the premier natural area destinations in the Bangor area is because of the dedication of volunteers. If you would like to contribute your time there are many ways to help, and we would love to have you!
There are always openings for more Docents at the Orono Bog Boardwalk. Docenting is fun, and a valuable community service. More than twenty docents worked as volunteers at the boardwalk last year. Would you like to join this illustrious group? We want to hear from you!
- Docents greet visitors; answer their questions about the boardwalk, the ecology and the natural history of the bog; act as natural history guides for small groups; and they inform visitors of boardwalk rules, when necessary. In addition, docents may occasionally need to nail down a loose deck board, or in a rare emergency call 911 (a cell phone is provided at the boardwalk).
- Each docent shift lasts three hours or less. We encourage docents to put in one shift every two weeks, on average, from May through October. That’s a total of 10-12 sessions spread over the six months. Scheduling and the number of days between sessions are very flexible, and can be fit around the docent’s personal schedule.
- Docent Short Course: To prepare you to answer questions on the ecology and natural history of wetlands (with a focus on Orono Bog) there will be a half-day of instruction taught by Dr. Ron Davis in the spring. The Short Course will take place at the boardwalk and will also cover history and administrative aspects. Recommended reading: “Bogs of the Northeast” by C. W. Johnson, (1985. University Press of New England) This book can be ordered at any bookstore. In addition to the half-day course, experienced leaders will be on hand to work with each new docent on his/her first session at the boardwalk.
The Boardwalk typically opens for the season on May 1st (although this has been variable during reconstruction) and will close in late November. Volunteers are always needed to scrape and re-paint the benches and maintain interpretative station rails. Each of the 509 sections has to be checked to make sure that all deck boards and railings are safe and secure. We are checking all sections to make sure that they are level in order to be ADA compliant. There is much to do, and you can be part of it.
If you would like to help with reconstruction or maintenance the Boardwalk during the 2015 season, please contact Boardwalk Maintenance Leader Phil Locke. Watch this page for announcements about workdays.
Directions to the boardwalk site from Orono: Via Stillwater Ave, drive about 200 yards south of American Concrete (near the Orono/Bangor town line), turn westward onto Tripp Drive, go to Bangor City Forest parking lot at end of road, park, and follow the East Trail about 1/4 mile to the boardwalk.
What to Bring
If you have any of following gear, bring it with you: work gloves, and rubber boots. We have extras on site to loan you, if needed. All tools are available at the site. Wear a hat, long sleeves and work trousers. Bring sun block, insect repellent, drinking water, and lunch if you are staying for more than one session.