Volunteer Workdays & Events

Monthly Volunteer Gatherings – 1 pm to 4pm 
May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29 and October 27

The Arc of Appalachia is pleased to offer monthly educational Get Togethers for volunteers to build relationships between volunteers and increase the volunteers’ knowledge of the Arc properties and the natural world it protects.  ALL ARC VOLUNTEERS are invited to attend. The format for each gathering is a potluck lunch starting at 1pm, followed by an educational program and guided hike. More Information…

Volunteer Day: Turkeyfoot Woods Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Join us on one of our Highlands Nature Sanctuary’s properties, a 45 acre tract on the Rocky Fork Creek, just off Cave Road. We will be removing Autumn Olives and Bush Honeysuckle from the woods and meadow openings. Join site leader Stan Sell, Arc staff, and reinforcement from Americorp NCCC and students from Xavier Univeristy.  More Information…



Volunteer Day: Barrett’s Rim Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Barrett’s Rim is known as the “Jewel of the Gorge” for its breathtaking rock formations and epic wildflower displays. The trail takes you first through a mowed field full of native prairie grasses which have been carefully maintained over the years. We will be working in the transition zone between the field and the forest, removing bush honeysuckle and autumn olive, which easily could move into the forest if left unchecked.  More Information… 

Volunteer Day: Ridgeview Farm Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019

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!  Leaders Marilyn and Nancy will supply a hot homemade lunch. More Information…


Volunteer Day: Shellbark Woods Invasive Removal Day

Sunday, November 3, 2019

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…

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.