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    Cumberland Island

    National Seashore Georgia

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Volunteer

Cumberland Island volunteers removing a wire fence

Cumberland Island volunteers remove wire fence.

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On September 29, 2012 Cumberland Island NS will participate in National Public Lands Day. We are excited to expand our volunteer offerings to include this important land management volunteer event. Volunteer efforts will focus on trail management, beach clean up, and clean up activities in the Sea Camp area of the park. This event is family friendly but due to Park logistics, groups, families, and individuals must R.S.V.P. and we can accept no more than 40 people. For more information, please contact Park Ranger Anthony Bates at 912-409-0370 or visit the NPLD website. Volunteers donate thousands of hours, expertise and good old fashioned hard work. Their efforts contribute greatly to the NPS mission of preservation, protection and stewardship of our Nation's special places.
 

Every year volunteers donate hundreds of hours to the Seashore through popular programs including our MLK service weekend, our Natural Resource Intern Program, and our Alternative Spring Break program. We could not continue these programs without the support of long term park partners such as the Student Conservation Association and The Georgia Conservancy.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and Cumberland Island work together to bring college age students to the Seashore for 12-16 week field based internships. In addition we also have opportunities for High School students to participate in cultural landscape restoration projects each summer.

Each January, the Georgia Conservancy along with several other partners work to bring a diverse volunteer work force to Cumberland. This highly popular service weekend strives to educate new volunteers to the wonder that is Cumberland while capitalizing on the knowledge of our returning volunteers. We also work with the Atlanta area Historic Black Colleges and Universities to sponsor a backpacking/service unit with this weekend. Learn more by going to the Georgia Conservancy's website.

From March to May each year the Seashore is popular with those seeking warmth and a bit of hard work. Each week during this time frame we accept work parties from up to three college and universities to spend their spring break giving back to the Park. If you are interested in how your school may participate in this program, please contact us at the information listed below.

Cumberland Island volunteers assist in the upkeep of painting various trail signs.

Cumberland Island volunteers assist in the upkeep of painting various trail signs.

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Volunteers assist in every aspect of Park operations. Volunteers participate in the annual horse count inventories, they provide support for education and interpretation programs, assist with exhibits support and museum and archival work, work on historic structures, perform trail restoration and maintenance, conduct visitor use surveys, and staff the Cumberland Island Museum as well as support the Park through a variety of other tasks.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Maggie Tyler via e-mail or call 912-882-4336 ext 257. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below or on the Federal volunteer website, www.volunteer.gov/gov

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

First African Baptist Church

The First African Baptist Church was established in 1893 and then rebuilt in the 1930’s. The church was the site of the September 1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.