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Steps for volunteering

Step1: Fill in the application form for the project online here.
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Step 2: Pay Rs 400/ towards documentation fee. If you do not wish to use our payment gateway , you can credit our account directly. [ View account details] Name:
Account No. 30003443877
Bank: State Bank of India, Sushant Lok 1, Gurgaon
IFSC code: SBIN0004449


Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS) has been carrying out a project for the conservation of private forests in 16 villages in corridor region between Koyna Sanctuary and Chandoli National Park (Buffer zone of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve). The project area is an important wildlife corridor between the two protected areas. The extent of the project area is about 8000 ha of which nearly 4000 ha is private land. The project area is a part of northern Western Ghats of Maharashtra state, which is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Please see the link for more details about the project.


  • Restoration of degraded private forests in the project area and strengthening the wildlife corridor between Koyna Sanctuary and Chandoli National Park.
  • To develop a model for sustainable management of private forests that will improve forest cover and give economic benefits to the owners and the community.
  • Capacity building of local community in livelihood development.


At the project site, WRCS is working closely with the local community for the conservation of the private forests on their land. As part of this project, WRCS is carrying out several activities on lands of participating private forest owners in the project area. The activities carried out include:

  • Tree plantation and maintenance
  • Capacity building of local community
  • Involvement of volunteers in project activities
  • Awareness generation in community about private forest conservation


Volunteers should be between 18 and 50 years of age. They should be physically fit and capable of walking at least 5 km in hilly terrain. Volunteers are expected to bear their own travel and food cost. WRCS will provide a certificate of participation to volunteers on completion of the volunteer program.

  • Volunteers will participate in activities such as tree plantation, watering of plants, grass removal, seed collection, seed ball preparation, seed sowing, vegetation assessment etc.
  • A demonstration will be given before any activity
  • They will be accompanied by a WRCS staff member during the work

Month-wise activity schedule

Month Activities Difficulty Level
October Soil scraping & heaping / Grass removal Medium
November Soil scraping & heaping / Grass removal Medium
December Soil scraping & heaping / Grass removal Medium
January Watering / Seed collection Medium
February Watering / Seed collection Medium
March Watering / Seed collection Medium
April Watering / seed ball preparation Medium
May Watering / Pit digging /seed sowing Medium
June Tree plantation /seed sowing Medium


Volunteers have to report to the WRCS Project Officer at Koynanagar in Satara District of Maharashtra. The travel details are given below.

By Road
Koynanagar is well connected with nearby cities by road. Distances from some major cities are: Pune (200km), Mumbai (338km), Kolhapur (135km), Chiplun (42km) and Bengaluru (730km).

By Bus
Koynanagar has good frequency of State Transport buses from Pune, Chinchwad, Mumbai and Kolhapur. Karad is the nearest city and the best place from where one can reach Koynanagar. Schedule of buses from other stations is available on the website There are private night bus services from many cities along the Pune-Bangalore highway that go through Karad.

State Transport buses from Pune to Koynanagar

Bus From Dep. Time Arrival time Bus type Approximate Fare (Rs.)
Chinchwad-Chiplun Swargate 05:55 09:30 Shivshahi (AC) 350
Chinchwad-Chiplun Swargate 06:50 10:30 Ordinary express 240
Pune R.station- Guhaghar Swargate 07:20 12:00 Ordinary express 240
Pune R.station- Ratnagiri Swargate 08:20 13:20 Semi-Luxury 275
Chinchwad –Chiplun Swargate 09:55 14:35 Shivshahi (AC) 350
Pune R.station-Chiplun Swargate 14:40 19:20 Semi-Luxury 275
Chinchwad –Devrukh Swargate 21:00 01:30 Semi-Luxury 275
Chinchwad-Chiplun Swargate 22:15 02:10 Shivshahi (AC) 350

State transport buses from Koynanagar to Pune

Bus From Dep. Time Arrival time Bus type Approximate Fare (Rs.)
Chiplun-Pune Rly. Station Koynanagar 07:00 11:40 Semi-Luxury 275
Ratnagiri-Pune Rly. Station Koynanagar 09:20 14:30 Semi-Luxury 275
Chiplun -Chinchwad Koynanagar 08:55 13:36 Semi-Luxury 275
Chiplun -Chinchwad Koynanagar 16:00 20:30 Shivshahi (AC) 350
Guhaghar-Pune Station Koynanagar 23:05 03:30 Night express 275

By Train

Nearest railway stations to Koynanagar are Chiplun (42km), Karad (65km), Kolhapur (135km), Pune (200km), Mumbai (338km).

By Air

Nearest airports are Pune (200km), Mumbai (338km).


WRCS will provide accommodation at their field station at Koynanagar. The facilities here are very basic (one bathroom and one Indian style toilet). Matresses with bed sheets will be provided. A maximum of 6 persons can stay here at a time. Simple Maharashtrian style meals are available at a cost of Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per day.
For those who wish to avail of better facilities arrangement is possible at a nearby dormitory style resort at a cost of approximately Rs. 800 per day including food.


When you come to Koynanagar please bring along original identity proof document and two passport size photographs. You will have to sign an Indemnity declaration on arrival. The format is available on the Indian Wildlife Club website.

The following is a recommended list of items to carry with you.

  1. Personal kit
  2. Comfortable field clothes
  3. Sleeping bag/blanket
  4. Warm jacket/sweater in winter and monsoon
  5. Rainwear in monsoon
  6. Field shoes and slippers
  7. Cap/hat
  8. Torch
  9. Diary and pen
  10. Tiffin box
  11. Water Bottle
  12. Glucon D during summer (optional)
  13. Personal medicine kit, band aid, savlon/dettol etc.
  14. Mobile phone (only BSNL, Idea, Vodaphone mobile network is available)
  15. Binoculars (optional)
  16. Camera (Optional)


The final selection of volunteers is by WRCS.
Documentation charges of Rs 400 is non-refundable.

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