Mountain Farm Museum Spruce Up
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Volunteers are needed for this year's Mountain Farm Museum Spruce Up Day to precede the annual Mountain Life Festival on Saturday, September 16.
The spruce up day is being held in conjunction with Great Smoky Mountains Association's annual Members Weekend, which is set for September 15-17 in Townsend. Click HERE for more information about how you can attend that event.
The Mountain Life Festival is held each September to celebrate the fall harvest at the Mountain Farm Museum, which comes alive with history.
Demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.
Smokies Service Days
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are excited to announce a new opportunity for the public to participate in service projects across the park. Park staff have coordinated ten Smokies Service Days on Saturdays beginning July 22 through October 28. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for any of the scheduled service projects that interest them including unique opportunities to help care for park cemeteries, campgrounds, trails, roadsides, rivers, and native plant gardens.
This new volunteer program will help complete much-needed work across the park and is ideal for those seeking to fulfill community service requirements including students, scout troops, civic organizations, visitors, families, and working adults with busy schedules. Each project will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of ages. Volunteer projects will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday mornings. In addition, each project will be followed by an optional enrichment adventure to immerse participants in the abundant natural and cultural resources of the park.
Tools and safety gear, including gloves and high visibility safety vests, will be provided by park staff. Participants will be required to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring water. Volunteers planning to stay for the optional enrichment activity must also bring a sack lunch.
Those interested in volunteering need to contact Project Coordinator Logan Boldon at 865-436-1278 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days prior to the scheduled event date to register.
Smokies Service Days
July 22: Litter Patrol on the Spur
August 5: Gardening at Oconaluftee
August 12: Cemetery Rehabilitation at Elkmont
August 26: Campground Clean-Up at Elkmont
September 9: Campground Clean-Up at Smokemont
September 30: Trail Rehabilitation for National Public Lands Day
October 7: Farm Maintenance at Oconaluftee
October 14: Vegetation Management at Twin Creeks
October 21: Historic Preservation and Campground Clean-Up at Cataloochee
October 28: Litter Patrol and Stream Restoration at Deep Creek
Rainbow Falls Trail Rehabilitation Volunteers Needed
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for volunteers to assist the Trails Forever trail crew for a rehabilitation project on the Rainbow Falls Trail. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from approximately 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must register at least one week in advance by contacting Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator Adam Monroe by email or phone.
The Trails Forever crew will focus rehabilitation efforts on several targeted locations along the 6-mile trail to improve visitor safety and stabilize eroding trail sections. Rainbow Falls Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park leading hikers to Rainbow Falls and Mt. Le Conte. The work will improve overall trail safety and protect natural resources by reducing trail braiding and improving drainage to prevent further erosion.
"This work will be a long-term solution to the various safety and route finding issues found along this section of the Rainbow Falls Trail and will allow visitors to enjoy the trail and the scenic areas surrounding it safely for years to come,” said Tobias Miller, Trails and Roads Facility Manager. “This project would not be possible without the generous support from our park partner, Friends of the Smokies, who provide funding for the project through the trails forever endowment program."
The Trails Forever program is a partnership between the national park and Friends of the Smokies. To sign up for a work day or for more information, contact Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or by email. Prior notice of your attendance is mandatory for project planning. More information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE.
Visitor Center Volunteers
If you know your way around the park and enjoy helping others find the best hiking, camping, waterfalls, etc. the Smokies have to offer, then the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg needs YOU! We are looking for volunteers to help visitors find their way around. If you have a couple of hours a day to help, please email store manager Judy Bowman to talk about a schedule that will best meet your needs.