Arlington Echo, home of Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education is recruiting volunteers for our Eco-Buddy Program.

Eco Buddy Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the monarch gardens and kindergarten trees on their assigned elementary school property in Anne Arundel County. The monarch gardens are an integral part of the first-grade curriculum. They contain native milkweed and nectar flowers to support the monarchs throughout their lifecycle. First-grade classrooms raise caterpillars and then release the butterflies in the garden. Each kindergarten class plants a tree as part of the Trees are Terrific program. Arlington Echo provides education, training, and support for our volunteers. Eco Buddies are not required to interact with the students, nor are the teachers required to include the Eco Buddy in curriculum-based activities. However, Eco Buddy Volunteers are required to pass a commercial background check with AACPS. They are responsible for logging and reporting their monthly hours to the volunteer coordinator. This volunteer opportunity requires a commitment through the end of June. At that time they may recommit their service for the following school year.  

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Ali MacDonald for more information (

Visit our website to fill out the Volunteer Interest Form: