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Volunteers-in-Parks

Learn new skills! Gain work experience! Meet new people! Explore your national park!
Join the community of volunteers nationwide who donate their time and talent to our national parks. Come share in Shenandoah National Park's mission of resource protection and visitor services.

Program Overview
Shenandoah National Park provides a variety of volunteer opportunities. These range from clerical, skilled and unskilled maintenance, trail crews, campground support, natural resources data collection, exotic plant removal, as well as visitor contact on walking trails or at visitor centers. The majority of opportunities are available April through November, but some may be available through the year. Opportunities are be available for individuals as well as groups. For additional information, e-mail the park's volunteer coordinator.

How to get started
Participating in the Volunteer-in-Parks program is a rewarding way to explore and contribute to your national parks! You may want to explore opportunities listed below under "Current Volunteer Opportunities" when available and apply directly. You may also download an application here, and mail it to:

Shenandoah National Park
Volunteer & Youth Programs Coordinator
3655 U.S. Hwy 211 East
Luray, VA 22835-4702

Thank you for your interest in Shenandoah National Park, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 
A Shenandoah Volunteer cutting invasive plants at Rapidan Camp.

Volunteer assisting with invasive plant species management at Rapidan Camp.

NPS Photo

 

Saturday May 2, 2015

What: Trail Service Project
Where: Bluff Trail, North District
When: 9:00am – 3pm

Volunteers should arrive at Gravel Springs parking area located at mile marker 17.5 on Skyline Drive at 9:00 am.

Work will include bending and lifting of loose rocks and debris along trail corridor. In addition, some minor tread repair, light vegetation work with the use of hand held pruners, and possible removal of down trees and limbs may occur during this opportunity.

Volunteers should expect to hike and work up to 4.5 miles round trip in moderately steep and rocky terrain. Volunteers should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes/hiking boots and be prepared for variable weather. Be sure to bring water, lunch and sun protection.

The work should conclude no later than 3:00 pm.

 

Saturday May 16, 2015

What: Trail Service Project
Where: (North Fork Moormans River Trail (NFMT) at Park Boundary, South District)
When: 9:30am – 3pm

Volunteers should arrive at the NFMR Trail Parking Area (past the Charlottesville Reservoir, see driving directions below) at 9:30 am.

This work will involve bending and lifting of loose rocks and debris along trail corridor in order to improve trail conditions for park visitors.

Volunteers should expect to hike and work up to 3 miles round trip in mainly flat, uneven terrain. Volunteers should wear long pants and closed-toed shoes/hiking boots and be prepared for variable weather. Please bring water, lunch and sun protection.

The work should conclude no later than 3:00pm

If the weather permits, swimming in a large river pool is an option at the conclusion of the day work for individuals that are interested. If you are interested, please wear shorts or a bathing suit underneath your working clothes.

Directions to North Fork Moormans River Trail Park Boundary Parking:

Access Interstate 64, Take the exit at Yancy Mills (Rt. 250, east towards Charlottesville) this exit is located between Charlottesville and Rockfish Gap. Proceed East to Charlottesville, continue for 3 miles and take Rt. 240 towards Crozet. Proceed through the town of Crozet. At the train tracks stay straight and access Rt. 810

Remain on Rt. 810 for approximately 6 miles until you come to a stop sign. This intersection will
be Rt. 810 and Rt. 614. Make a left at this stop sign on 614.

Once on Rt. 614 you will be in the small community of White Hall. As you remain on Rt. 614 you will pass White Hall Convenience Store/Post Office. Continue on Rt.614 for approximately 7 miles until you see the
Charlottesville Reservoir on the left. Continue past the Reservoir (dirt/gravel road) for 1 mile and the parking lot will be on your left with a concrete marker that has North and South Fork Moormans Road/Trail at the park boundary. This will be our meeting spot for May 16, 2015. Be wary of GPS directions in these rural areas.

 

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