Plant shoreline & wetland plants with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Date(s) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2022
1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Tifft Nature Preserve


Volunteers are needed to help plant shoreline and wetland plants at Living Shoreline restoration sites with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

They have more than 1,200 plants to install over the course of four separate planting events. Each event will be around 1.5 hours long.

The events are:

  • TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo: Saturday, June 18 11am – 12:30pm
  • TIFFT NATURE PRESERVE 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo: Saturday, June 18 1:30pm – 3pm
  • ELLICOTT CREEK PARK, 310 Creekside Dr., Tonawanda: Tuesday, June 21 6pm – 7:30pm
  • HYDE PARK, 3200 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls: Thursday, June 23 6pm – 7:30pm

*Rain date saved for June 25th 11-12:30 for any event that was cancelled due to weather. *

During this event, volunteers will be installing deep cell landscape plugs that have a rootball that is 2”-wide by 5”-deep.  This smaller plant size allows for efficient planting while reducing soil disturbance, which is always a priority within restoration areas.

Volunteers will be using hand tools (floral shovels, garden trowels, hori-hori garden tools, and/or dill augers) to install landscape plugs along the shoreline and in shallow water areas. The goal is to install about 1,230 plants over the course of the four planting events, which means each volunteer should expect to plant about 25 plants during a 1.5-hour event.

Volunteers will be working right along the shoreline, so dress appropriately as muddy conditions will be likely.  Most of the planting will be done at or above the water line, but a few species will be planted in standing water up to 6-inches deep. The organizers will bring some hip waders for the few volunteers that will be planting in shallow water, although if you’re interested in accomplishing this type of planting, we encourage you to bring your own waterproof gear as it will likely fit much better. Volunteers should be able to walk on uneven ground and be able to kneel and bend as needed to accomplish the planting tasks.

Please arrive about 15 minutes early to allow enough time to park and sign-in prior to the start of the planting event.

The event start times vary, so if you’re interested, please check out the event registration page to sign up for the location and time you’re most interested in attending.

Register here.