Volunteer Workdays & Events 2017

Volunteer Open House

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…




Volunteer Day: Sad Song Creek Invasive Work Day

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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: Roadside and Preserve Cleanup at Ohio Hanging Rock

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Join the Arc’s board advisor, John Jaeger at Ohio Hanging Rock working on cleaning up the preserve and the roadside. Teams will work on three areas along the roadside and within the preserve. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves, a water bottle, hats and sunscreen. The clean up will go on rain or shine. More Information…  

Volunteer Day: Releasing the Trees at Ridgeview Farm

Saturday, March 31, 2018

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! Four years ago the Arc planted trees on the property and these trees are now ready to be set free. Join us for a day of removing the tree cages from these growing saplings. More Information…


Volunteer Day: Ohio River Bluffs Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hands down, the Ohio River Bluffs near Manchester in Adams County has the most spectacular wildflower displays in the entire Arc preserve system. This is the best of the last of an Ohio River nature spectacle, the others having already been run over with invasive plants, or lost to human impact. We don’t plan to see this happen to the Bluffs! The Bluffs is for folks in good shape – so join the Bluff Blasters, lose some calories, and let’s go save some wildflowers! More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Maude’s Cedar Narrows Invasive Removal Days

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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: Ridgeview Farm Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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, April 29, 2018

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: 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 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.