Volunteer Workdays & Events 2017

Volunteer Day: Trek to Barrier Ridge

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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 Recruitment Day

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer with The Arc of Appalachia? We have many different volunteer opportunities including, Museum Hosting, Trail Work, Invasive workdays and more. Join us for a day of learning about these opportunities and the Arc of Appalachia. Lodging is available and lunch will be served.  More Information Coming Soon…


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

Trail Day: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Roadside Cleanup: Saturday, March 17, 2018

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: 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 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.


 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.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, write to info@arcofappalachia.org or call 937-365-1935.