Fall Volunteer Opportunities “Smokies Service Days” coming in October, November
Unique volunteer opportunities to help preserve and enhance multiple aspects of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are coming for the next six Saturdays, starting October 16.
During Smokies Service Days, outdoor enthusiasts and park enthusiasts can come together for ‘work together’ weekends where they help maintain and improve activities at campgrounds, historic structures and parks. other natural and cultural resources of the park. Each Saturday also offers a group enrichment aimed at deepening the experience of volunteers in the natural world.
Each fall, this volunteer program helps with much needed work in the park. Volunteer opportunities include gardening, cleaning up campgrounds and picnic areas, managing vegetation and more.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NP WELCOMES PRACTICAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN MAY AND JUNE
Park officials say these volunteer days – which last 3-4 hours – are ideal for families, visitors, Boy Scout troops, civic organizations, nature lovers, and those looking to meet the demands of community service. People will be given tasks appropriate to their age – some tasks with restrictions.
Safety tools and equipment, including gloves and high visibility safety vests, will be provided by park staff.
Participants are required to wear closed shoes and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed by the project coordinator (safety glasses will be provided if required). Volunteers must bring their own water and packed lunches.
VISITORS TO LARGE SMOKY MOUNTAINS BRING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the subject line of the email, type “SSD Registration”.
- Indicate the date and name of the activity you wish to register for (see project schedule below).
- Include the number in your group and the age of each volunteer.
- Your participation will be confirmed by e-mail.
2021 project schedule
October 16: Gardening the green thumb
Oconaluftee Visitor Center (NC)
9h00 – 12h00; limited to 10 participants, 12 years old and over
23 october: Cleaning of the campsite
Smokemont Campsite (NC)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. limited to 12 participants, 10 years old and over
October 30: “The Deep Creep” (Costumed cleaning)
Deep Creek Picnic Area (NC)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. limited to 25 participants, all ages are welcome!
November 6: Fire safety in Daisy Town
9h00 – 12h00; limited to 15 participants, 15 years and over
November 13: English Ivy Pull (Vegetation management)
9:30 am – 12:30 pm; limited to 20 participants, 16 years old and over
November 20: Park and Partners (cleaning steep slopes)
Maloney Point Overlook (TN) * near the Laurel Falls trailhead
9:30 am – 12:30 pm; limited to 18 participants, 13 years old and over