Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs) are essential members of the National Park Service (NPS) family, as they help Buffalo National River staff achieve the NPS mission and park operational goals. By demonstrating shared stewardship for America's public lands, volunteers set the example for future generations while ensuring safety, access, and enjoyment for today's park visitors.
The Buffalo National River Partners host a variety of volunteer opportunities including river cleanups, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, elk education, and more. Check out their website for upcoming opportunities.
Individuals may also join the Adopt Your Adventure Program by choosing a section of river or trail to maintain on a long-term basis. With 128 trail miles and 135 river miles to explore, there are opportunities for people of all skill levels and abilities to help. From easily-accessible boat launches to technical backcountry terrain, adopted areas should be checked and maintained at least 3 times per year. Litter pickup, trimming vegetation, and documenting major damage or obstacles to park staff are the primary responsibilities of trail and river adopters. Find out more by contacting the VIP Coordinator: e-mail us
Buffalo National River 50-Miler Patch
This patch is awarded to all Scouting and Venture group members that complete a 50-mile float/hike and an approved 10-hour service project within 10 consecutive days.
The trip report should be submitted within 10 days of the completion of the trip and safe return to the group's home station.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Last updated: August 21, 2019