For Plants & Pollinators

placeholder imageVolunteer citizen scientists photo by Charlotte Lorick, Virginia Working Landscapes; PEC office pollinator garden photo by Paula Combs; Bee photo by Amie Ware. 

PEC is seeking motivated volunteers to assist with pollinator and flower surveys at the Larson Native Plant Garden at our headquarters in Warrenton from May - July, 2018. The aim of these surveys is to document how pollinators (especially, native bees) use urban gardens that have been planted with a variety of native flowers, shrubs, and trees. These surveys will hopefully be the first of a continuing, annual effort to track local pollinator populations over time.

No prior experience is necessary! All you need is the desire to learn about native plant and pollinator species, and sufficient time to dedicate to the project (including a mandatory training session, at-home practice activities, and the execution of assigned surveys). We will provide all necessary training, supplies, and equipment. If you are a Master Naturalist or Master Gardener, we strongly encourage you to join this project to share your expertise with the other volunteers.

Trained volunteers will need to commit to a minimum of 2 or more survey periods for the season. Volunteers will be able to select survey period(s) (AM and/or PM) that best fit their personal schedule - shifts are listed on the volunteer portal below. Citizen scientists will then be expected to complete surveys as assigned and ensure the delivery of data to the survey coordinator.

This is a wonderful opportunity to increase your knowledge of native plants and pollinators and to apply that knowledge in a study that will used to educate the local community.

Interested in volunteering? 

1. Sign up or login to the online volunteer portal >>

2. Attend the mandatory training session on Wednesday, April 25, from 10 am - 2 pm. Register >>

3. After attending the training session, you'll sign up for at least two survey shifts throughout May and July. See survey shift dates/times >>

Training will cover important information such as survey protocols, bee and plant identification, pollinator life history, how to use an iPad for data collection, and survey assignments.

Benefits of becoming a citizen scientist:

  • opportunity to apply your naturalist skills to meaningful research
  • training in plant and pollinator survey protocols
  • ability to network and communicate with others of similar interests. learn about pollinator-friendly landscape practices.

Questions? Contact Celia Vuocolo, PEC's habitat & stewardship specialist by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 540-347-2334 ext. 7086.


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