Applications open for volunteer training workshop on May 13-16

Haley Andreozzi, UNH Cooperative Extension
January 6, 2020

Participants in the NH Coverts Project workshop head into the woods to learn about wildlife habitats. Photo by Becky Scott.

DURHAM, NH – The New Hampshire Coverts Project is accepting applications from new volunteers interested in taking part in the 2020 NH Coverts Project volunteer training workshop on May 13-16 at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield.

Started in 1995, the NH Coverts Project has trained over 500 volunteers in promoting wildlife conservation and forest stewardship throughout the state. Each year, 25 conservation-minded residents gather with a team of natural resource professionals for a four-day workshop where they learn about wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation, and effective outreach. There is a $50 registration fee; however, program sponsors fund all lodging, food, and other expenses. In exchange for the training, participants commit to volunteer for at least 40 hours during the coming year and motivate others to become stewards of the state’s wildlife and forest resources.

A covert (pronounced “cover” with a “t”) is a thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. The term symbolizes the project’s goal of enhancing, restoring, and conserving habitat of native wildlife in New Hampshire. Once trained through the Coverts Project, participants become members of a knowledgeable statewide network connected through newsletters, field trips, reunions, and workshops.

“Since participating in my Coverts training this year, my knowledge base has increased significantly. I now feel empowered to speak up in groups of various sizes and functions to educate and advocate for forests and wildlife,” shared Alisha Dimasi of Lyndeborough. “This has taken shape during one-on-one conversations, in small groups at volunteer meetings, and while hosting events at my property. The ripple effects are palpable in all facets of my life.”

Coverts volunteers give their time in a variety of ways. Some volunteers lead field walks or organize volunteer work days, while others serve on town boards or manage their own property for wildlife habitat. Volunteers come from many backgrounds and professions but are unified by their desire to help New Hampshire’s wildlife and forests.

The NH Coverts Project is sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The program also receives support from the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.

To apply for this year’s NH Coverts Project training, download and complete the 2020 NH Coverts Project Application at The deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2020. For more information, visit the project website at or contact project coordinator Haley Andreozzi at or (603) 862-5327.