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New Volunteer Recruitment & Training Day
March 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Held at the Forest Museum which is located at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Registration is required.
The Arc of Appalachia offers many volunteer opportunities within our organization. If you like working outside with nature, interacting with guests, or even baking we have something for you! Join us for a day of getting to know the Arc of Appalachia and our staff and learning more about the ways you can be involved. Lunch will be served.
We will begin our day with a presentation, an orientation to the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System mission and good works, followed by a museum tour by Arc Director, Nancy Stranahan.
After lunch we will begin our training sessions. Each session will last the whole afternoon.
Afternoon Training Sessions
Land Stewardship – Meet with the Arcs Land Stewardship Manager, Tim Pohlar, to learn more about removing Invasive Species from the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. Each spring and fall, staff and volunteers gather in the forests to become active and loving caretakers of the land, scanning the landscape and carefully removing the non-native plants that threaten the integrity of the our outstanding floral displays and the ecology of our plant communities.All supplies will be provided. Please be sure to wear hiking boots and dress for the weather.
Trail Maintenance – Meet with the Arcs Land Stewardship Assistant Manager, Ethan King, to learn about how we take care of the trails within the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. The Arc currently manages 21 preserve regions with seven of these currently open to the public. Volunteer duties for trail maintenance include, clearing existing trails of debris and trash and helping create new trails at new preserves. Ethan will take you on one of the trails near the museum and you will get hands on experience maintaining a trail. All equipment will be provided if needed. Be sure to wear hiking boots and dress for the weather.
Museum Hosting – Meet with three of the Arc employees, Kayla Rankin, Andrea Jaeger and Brit Wood to train on how to be a great museum host. Museum Hosts greet visitors, help orient them to hiking trails in the entire Arc System, and interpret the outstanding natural history of their sites. Museum hosts work weekends during the April through October Museum season, covering shifts that range from 5 – 7 hours a day – usually working an average of one or two days a month.
Group Tours & Youth Events – Both at Serpent Mound and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary we offer programs for school groups. Join Serpent Mounds School Group Director, Justin Houston and Arc of Appalachia’s Home school Program Volunteer, Betty Rogers, to learn more about how you can help with leading these programs in the upcoming year.