There are many ways that you can contribute time and talent to our work of caring for the coast. You can participate in surveys and inventories, work on restoration projects, volunteer in our education programs, write letters to lawmakers and the press about issues, contribute to our publications, help with communications (FaceBook, Twitter, website, etc.)

If you are a college student, we can arrange for internships during the school year in a variety of areas. If  you are a high school student, you can fulfill community service requirements, build your college resume, and help the environment.

If you’d like to volunteer for the coast, add you name to our volunteer email list and send us an email telling us a little bit about what you are interested in doing. Be sure to tell us when you are available (weekdays, evenings, weekends, summers), where you live, and any special skills you might have.

Sign up for our volunteer list.


Checking the clam rake for marine invertebrates.


Call for Volunteer Spill Spotters in New Jersey!   


When an oil spill hits New Jersey, will you know what to do? Join our Spill Spotters network of trained volunteers to be our eyes on the water before, during, and after an oil spill or other catastrophic pollution event. Come join our popular workshop and get the hands-on training needed to protect New Jersey's coastal wildlife and habitat.


Bring your friends to a training session so you can learn how to respond to an oil spill!  You will also learn how to perform a biological assessment of a coastal area at nearby beaches using seine nets, clam rakes, and binoculars. Identifying our coastal natural resources is a vital first step to protecting them. Now in its second year, Spill Spotters is generously supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 


For more information and to register contact Stevie Thorsen, Education Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Upcoming Training Workshops (open to the public) 


Thursday, June 12, 2014:  7:30 PM - 8:30 PM in Keyport, NJ

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in Westville, NJ*

*This workshop will be followed by a biological assessment at a nearby beach.


Upcoming Biological Assessments (open to the public, no training needed) 


Wednesday, June 4, 2014:  2 PM at L Street Beach, Neptune, NJ

Monday, June 9, 2014:  3 PM at Windward Beach, Brick, NJ

Wednesday, June 18, 2014:  10 AM at Oceanic Bridge, Rumson, NJ

Thursday, June 19, 2014:  6 PM at the Spy House, Port Monmouth, NJ



Community Beachgrass Planting in Seaside Park, NJ   


Sunday, June 1st, 2014 

10 AM - 12 Noon

Island Beach State Park

Seaside Park, NJ 08752

Meet at Lot A2
(notify the park that you are coming to plant beach grass with us)


Call for volunteers! Bring your friends, family and children and help us plant 3000 beachgrass plugs in Island Beach State Park to restore dunes that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.  Tools and work gloves will be provided by the American Littoral Society. This project is made possible through support from the NJ Recovery Fund.  


For more information and to sign up, contact Stevie Thorsen, Education Director at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . or 908-910-5019


Horseshoe Crabs in Delaware Bayshore, New Jersey.




Call for Horseshoe Crab Tagging Volunteers in Delaware Bayshore, New Jersey  


Horseshoe crabs are "living fossils" and are an integral part of the ecosystem, providing food for migrating birds such as the endangered Red Knot. Their population is at record lows and we need your help! Please join the American Littoral Society and our partners at the US Fish and Wildlife Service and help tag and survey 3000 horseshoe crabs over several days in May and June. To learn more and to volunteer, click here to register.

Horseshoe Crab Tagging Dates
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM  



Invasive Species Strike Training Sessions in South Jersey


On Thursday, May 22nd and Friday, May 23rd, 2014, learn to identify and eradicate invasive plants with the American Littoral Society and  NJ Invasive Strike Team Education Director, Melissa Almendinger.

For Cape May on May 22, click here to register. 

For Atlantic County on May 23, click here to register.     



Ruler's Bar Island, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Gateway National Recreation Area




Community Marsh Planting in Jamaica Bay, NYC
Sunday, June 1, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
American Littoral Society Northeast Chapter
28 West 9th Road
Broad Channel, Queens, NY 11693


Open Call for Volunteers! Please join us for a community-led planting and restoration day on Ruler's Bar and Blackwall marsh islands in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  For the second year, we are teaming up with the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers to organize a day of planting plugs of spartina alterniflora (marsh grass), repairing fencing and clearing debris as part of our Marsh Restoration Initiative, the first-ever community led marsh restoration project in a National Park.  Click here to register. 


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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Fri Mar 20 @ 5:00PM -
Spring Equinox Walk
Sat Mar 28 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Early Spring Bird Walk!
Fri Apr 17 @ 1:00PM -
Old Dune Trail Walk
Fri Apr 24 @ 2:00PM -
Arbor Day Tree Walk
Sun Apr 26 @11:00AM - 02:00PM
Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup
Sat May 02 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
NYC Audubon Spring Migration Workshop
Fri May 08 @ 8:30AM -
Spring Migration Bird Walk
Sat May 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Sandy Hook Surf Fishing Clinic
Fri May 15 @ 6:00PM -
Horseshoe Crab Walk
Sat May 23 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Walk