Volunteer

Learn how you can volunteer with the Haw River Assembly!

Ongoing Opportunities

Check out ways to volunteer in your watershed. These opportunities are ongoing – so you can volunteer at any time of the year!


Trash Trout: designed to help mitigate stormwater pollution in our waterways, the Haw River Assembly needs help maintaining the trap as it collects plastic pollution. Volunteer to clean out a Trash Trout here.

River Watch: Join a network of teams monitoring streams and creeks throughout the Haw River watershed! Teams are trained and supplied with equipment to conduct 4 quarterly surveys of their stream location yearly to document changes in physical, chemical, and biological parameters. Already know where you want to monitor? Register your team here!


Muddy Water Watch: Sediment pollution is the number one contaminant by volume in NC waterways. Through a monitoring app, we are able to document and report potential violations quickly to prevent sediment loads in our streams. Check out our project page or find the app, instructions and reviews here.

PLEDGE: Manure and wastewater from Contained Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have the potential to contribute a variety of nutrients, sediments, pathogens, hormones, and antibiotics to the environment. Sign the pledge, here, to support sustainable farmers for your holiday meals this year and use the map to find your local sustainable farmers.

Event Based Volunteer Opportunities

All of our annual events need the help of volunteers to make them happen! See if some of your favorite moments with HRA need your help.


Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon: Our watershed-wide clean up is celebrated the 3rd weekend in March. HRA needs leaders like you organizing trash pick up so we can make sure all of our waters are clean! Sign up using our team leader form!

Haw River Island Ramble: You don’t have to run to celebrate with us! Whether you have experience assisting with a 5K race or not, we could always use the extra hands with registration and set up. See how you can help by visiting our sign up form for volunteers.


Haw River Festival: Celebrated on the 1st May, Saturday in Saxapahaw; HRA puts on a festival with live music, food trucks, river activities and more! Volunteers looking to help with activities or set up on the day of the event can sign up here.

Haw River Learning Celebration: Be a sticker, a floater or a meal provider, but whatever you do – join us on the river in late September – October for ‘the GREATEST field trip EVER’! To learn more about the roles of Learning Celebration volunteers check out the Hand Dandy Volunteer Guide or see what is means to be a meal provider here.


Join us in our Annual Earth Day Event of stabilizing our river and stream banks by joining us for a Saturday of tubling planting! This year we will be planting in Saxapahaw on Saturday, April 23 2022 (10AM – 12PM). Interested? Registration in advance is required: here.


For any additional questions about volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Kyleene Rooks at krooks@hawriver.org