Here are several ways you can become involved:
FOSI depends on active members and volunteers to fulfill its mission of stewardship. Getting involved with our organization is a fun and rewarding experience, and a great way to invest in your community! The following opportunities are currently available:
- Coordinate special events: Help us organize special events such as fundraising dinners, open houses, volunteer appreciation gatherings, and occasional on-island programs like a kayaking regatta.
- Research grant opportunities and write proposals: FOSI relies on grant funding to support a variety of projects and some operating expenses for the organization. We are looking for experienced grant writers to develop proposals and those interested in researching funding opportunities.
- Lead programs: FOSI offers a wide range of nature and wellness programs throughout the year. If you consider yourself knowledgeable about a specific topic, a naturalist, or are able to lead an outdoor recreation program, we are always looking for new leaders. Programs are typically 2 hours in length, and usually take place on the island in warmer months, with the option of an indoor workshop in the colder months.
- Help maintain the trails or become an Adopt-a-Trail steward: Trail maintenance involves trimming back weeds along trail sides, removing fallen branches, repairing steps and railings, and installing new signage. You can also adopt a specific trail to visit frequently and report anything that needs fixing to our trail crew.
- Join our iNaturalist Citizen Science Project: Contribute to our Sears Island biodiversity database by reporting species observations made during your visits to the island. All you need is a camera or a smartphone, and this can easily be done on your own, at your convenience!
- Help manage invasive plants and monitor sensitive habitats: Join Aleta McKeage on designated work days during the warmer months to remove invasive plants, such as Japanese Barberry, Purple Loosestrife, and Oriental Bittersweet or collect data at sensitive sites. This is part of our multi-year Sears Island Stewardship Project.
Join our Board of Directors or Advisory Group
We are always looking for new members of our Advisory Group and Board of Directors. We hold our board meetings on the second Monday of each month in the Stephen Phillips Memorial Library at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Meetings are scheduled from 3:00-4:30pm April to October, and from 1:30-3:00 pm November-March. We welcome anyone interested to attend our meetings to find out what FOSI is doing and see if you might want to help shape our organization.
Get in touch!
If you are interested in getting involved but have a specific skill, interest, or area of expertise that doesn’t fit with one of the activities listed above, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to find a good match for you!