Volunteer Workdays & Events 2017

Museum Hosting at the Appalachian Forest Museum & Fort Hill

Weekends from April – October

The Arc operates Museums and Visitor Centers for the public at both the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill. Museum Hosts greet visitors, help orient them to hiking trails in the entire Arc System, and interpret the outstanding natural history of their sites. No experience is necessary, training can be done on site. 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. Lodging is available. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Kayla Hanning at services@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935

Volunteer Day: Cave Road Invasive Removal Days

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Cave Road is the epicenter of the 2500 acre Highlands Nature Sanctuary, sheltering most of our hiking trails, overnight lodges and the Appalachian Forest Museum.  Join us for a day full of invasive Autumn Olive removal at Barrett’s Rim. This trail was recently opened to the public.  More Information…

 

 

Volunteer Day: Sad Song Creek Invasive Work Day

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sad Song Creek is one of the Sanctuary’s most beautiful waterways. The property has magnificent rock formations, a spring-fed perennially-running stream, gorgeous waterfalls, and a beautiful hillside Appalachian Forest. Join us for a day of invasive plant removal, working on a beautiful property that few visitors get to see. More Information…  

Volunteer Day: Fort Hill Invasive Removal Day

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fort Hill’s 1400 acres protects Ohio’s largest and most mature forest and a 2000 year old ancient ridgetop earthworks. The undisturbed forest of Fort Hill supports over 800 species of vascular plants, some of them endangered. Join our Fort Hill Mountain Lovers team as they remove invasive plants and keep this magnificent forest pristine. More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Maude’s Cedar Narrows Invasive Removal Days

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Maude’s tract at the Sanctuary shelters a stunning showcase of wildflowers in a side canyon of the Rocky Fork Gorge.  Non-natives began taking over right after it was logged –  just before the Arc purchased the land. We are now working to save Maude’s flower display, one of the most beautiful in all of the Sanctuary. More Information…

 

Volunteer Day: Trek to Barrier Ridge

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Barrier Ridge Trail at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is a remote, deeply forested trail with great vistas in the winter. Just recently open to the public, this 3.5 mile loop trail is the longest in the Sanctuary and offers hikers additional mileage and a more challenging route. We need volunteers to help us haul in material to construct a stair case on the trail. If you enjoy hiking and want to lend a hand, please join us!  More Information…

Volunteer Day: Ridgeview Farm Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, November 11, 2017

At Ridgeview Farm the Arc is demonstrating that bringing biodiversity back to an abandoned farm is indeed possible. The results of a decade of the redemptive work in Ridgeview’s fields and swamp forest have been ASTONISHING! This day we will be working in the wetland forest – removing invasive bush honeysuckle and making room for expanding ferns and wildflowers. More Information…

Volunteer Day: Shellbark Woods Invasive Removal Day

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shellbark is a beautiful wooded property at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. It’s rich organic soils are FULL of wildflowers but threatened by invasive plants that poured into the property when it was logged, just before it was acquired by the Arc. About 5 years ago a VERY busy beaver family moved onto property, creating multiple pools of water – hence our work crew’s name! More Information…

Gladys Riley event PicVolunteer Day: Roadside Cleanup with Friends of Scioto Brush Creek

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek have generously volunteered to adopt the trail at Gladys Riley Preserve and perform roadside cleanups three times a year. Their help and support enable this preserve to remain open and free to the public. Teams will set out to clean up a designated section of roadside in Otway and if enough volunteers are present a crew is sent to the Gladys Riley Preserve to clean up the surrounding area. More Information…

Volunteer Day: Clearing the Corridor to Steel Earthworks

Saturday, December 2, 2017

HELP US REUNITE STEEL WITH JUNCTION EARTHWORKS – the first time two earthwork sites will be connected on protected land! We need volunteers to help us clear woody invasive shrubs that have closed in an abandoned railroad corridor in order to create a mile-long pedestrian footpath between the two. More Information…

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  Invasive Removal

We are in IMMENSE need of volunteers who enjoy healing the land and working outdoors to remove invasive plants from our vulnerable ecosystems.

INFO on INVASIVE PLANTS…

 Museum Hosting

The Arc operates Museums and Visitor Centers for the public at both the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill. Museum Hosts greet visitors, help orient them to hiking trails in the entire Arc System, and interpret the outstanding natural history of their sites. No experience is necessary, training can be done on site.

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. Lodging is available.

The Arc has a training day for new hosts and old each March, and a reunion in the fall. Sign up for our email updates to receive dates of our host spring orientation. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, write to info@arcofappalachia.org or call 937-365-1935.