Be a Saturday Volunteer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smokies Service Days begin on June 29th, 2019.

Individuals and families are invited to work alongside staff to care for park trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and historic sites. Make new friends, earn service hours, and gain invaluable experience as you help keep our National Park clean and green. A segment of each Service Saturday is dedicated to insider-enrichment and exploration of the park. Projects run 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. Each project offers tasks that are suitable for all ages and abilities.

June 29, 2019: Clean-Up Cosby Campground
Prepare for the enjoyment of campers and help keep our wildlife wild! We’ll clear fire pits, pick up trash, remove leaf litter, and perform other campground maintenance.
Meeting Location: Cosby Campground (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

July 13, 2019: Clean-Up Chimneys Picnic Area
July 4th leaves its mark on the park. We’ll prepare this popular picnic area for enjoyment of visitors by clearing debris from grills and removing litter from the grounds.
Meeting Location: Chimneys Picnic Area (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

July 27, 2019: Clean-Up Elkmont Campground
Prepare for the enjoyment of campers and help keep wildlife wild! We’ll clear fire pits, pick up trash, remove leaf litter, and perform other campground maintenance.
Meeting Location: Elkmont Campground (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

August 17, 2019: Clear Cosby Horse Trail (TN)
Make way for the horses! Help clear water drainages, and remove hazardous debris from the trail.
Meeting Location: Cosby Horse Trail, (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

September 21, 2019: Remove Honeysuckle from the Sugarlands
Invasive plant species (even the sweet smelling ones) are not so sweet for ecological health of the Sugarlands. We’ll remove fast-growing honeysuckle vine growing found near the Visitor Center.
Meeting Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

October 5th, 2019: Mitigate Fire Risks in Elkmont’s Daisy Town
Help keep Daisy Town around! Rake leaves and remove debris from grounds of the historic houses.
Meeting Location: Daisy Town in Elkmont (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tools and safety gear are provided to participants.

To register for one or more dates, please call or email:
Andrew Mentrup
Community Volunteer Ambassador / Project Coordinator.
865-436-1278
andrew_mentrup@partner.nps.gov

Participation on projects is limited to the supply of tools and equipment the park can provide. To ensure your spot, call before a project’s scheduled date.

 

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