Merryspring Nature Center, whose mission is to practice, teach and advocate sound principles of ecology, conservation, and horticulture in order to protect our natural environment and to provide natural landscapes and cultivated areas for public enjoyment, has several openings on its Board of Trustees. The volunteer board, which is responsible for guiding the private 501(c)3 nonprofit’s business affairs and operations, comprises four officers and a number of appointed board members, who each serve overlapping three-year terms.

The active board meets once a month and works on projects as well as making policy. Those who haven’t visited the 66-acre property that sits in both Camden and Rockport, can stop by, and investigate the areas of outdoor exploration: trails, perennial and herb gardens, an arboretum, experimental American chestnut grove, a vernal pool, an archaeological dig, and more. The main building houses a lending library and gift shop and hosts educational talks and workshops.

Anyone interested in becoming a Merryspring Trustee, or would like more information, should contact Board President Ray Andresen at, or stop by the Merryspring office Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Merryspring also is looking for volunteers to help with its gardens, trails, programs, and fundraisers.

Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The Park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information, contact or call 236-2239.