Teaching volunteers invaluable skills that will help them produce their own sustenance, utilize a variety of tools for common home and garden projects, and observe proper environmental practices for the rest of their lives.

Internships are open to enrolled S.T.A.T.E. volunteers only

Boat Building Program

Mid October-May (2019-2020 School Year), 1x/week for 2 hours

There are so many uses for water in our daily lives, including recreational purposes in our oceans and bays. Do you enjoy boating whether it’s using a stand up paddleboard, canoeing, kayaking, sailing or operating a powerboat? We have the perfect project: building a 14-foot wooden paddleboard!

Long Island Seaport and Eco Center (LISEC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation, awareness, and understanding of maritime history and the marine environment. It supports projects and activities to raise awareness of the area’s nautical history and environment, while educating youth and encouraging the spirit of community involvement.

This program is set up to take place for the duration of the school year, one afternoon or evening per week (lasting for approximately 2 hours). What better after school activity than building a paddleboard? You will have the satisfaction of completing a long term project that is original and unique, working with a team of like minded volunteers, and seeing the paddleboard from a template on paper to its finished product! This is an opportunity for learning new skills, working hands on, talking to others, and being a boat craftsman or craftswoman!

We are seeking 8 volunteers who have a passion for building, creating, or crafting something new, who want to participate in an activity that goes back to the roots of maritime history, conservation, and environmental stewardship, and who want to learn more about the trade by participating in a STEM project. If you enjoy collaborating with a small team and want to be a part of this experience (even if you don’t have a lot of involvement with boating), please be sure to apply!


  • Able to commit to this project one afternoon or evening per week, throughout the school year.
  • Willingness to learn about the trade; questions are encouraged!
  • Adhere to all rules and safety guidelines


  • Serving as part of a team to craft a wooden paddleboard
  • Using tools and equipment including fiberglass, sanders, epoxy, and drills.
  • Learning all that goes into carpentry and creating a wooden paddleboard
  • Handle equipment safely and effectively
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • Other duties as instructed by Avalon Park staff and boat shop staff

The deadline to apply is Sunday October 6th. You will be notified via email regarding our selection by the end of the following week.

Sue’s Fall Seedlings Program:

If you are looking for a outdoors opportunity and enjoy working with children, this may be for you! Sue is seeking volunteers to help facilitate activities, crafts, and to guide children on hikes with the Seedlings. She has 4 sessions to choose from, and she will be selecting one volunteer per each session.

Each session will last from September-December, so you must be willing to commit for ALL dates over a period of 4 months.

Dates and Grade Level:

KINDERGARTEN:         Mondays 4:15 – 5:30 PM
September 9, 23
October 7, 21
November 4, 18
December 2, 16

GRADES 1 & 2:             Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:45 PM
September 10, 24
October 15, 29
November 19
December 3, 17

GRADES 3 & 4:             Tuesdays   4:30 – 5:45 PM
September 17
October 8, 22
November 12, 26
December  10

GRADES 5 & 6:            Wednesdays  4:30 – 5:45 PM
September 11, 25
October 16, 30
November 13
December  4, 18

It is important that you are able to make ALL dates and times listed in the session you are chosen for. You will need to be here from a 4:00 PM-6:00 PM time slot to allow for project setup/cleanup.

Please e-mail Sue@avalonparkandpreserve.org to apply.

List grade you are entering, which class you are interested in helping with (1st & 2nd choices) and experience you’ve had working with kids (and if none, state that – it doesn’t mean you are excluded).

Sue will be reviewing your responses and will inform everyone of her selections by August 28th.

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