Volunteer Open House

Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 am – 3:30 pm


Are you interested in volunteering with the Arc of Appalachia?

Join us for a day of learning about the volunteer opportunities within the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. The day will consist of getting to know Arc staff, an update on our organization and learning about different volunteer duties and events happening in 2018. Lunch will be provided and lodging is available if needed.



10:00 am: Introduction 
10:45 am: Arc of Appalachia Update & general volunteer overview
12:00 pm: Lunch 
1:00 pm: Split up to learn more about the area you are interested in volunteering

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Host

Museum Hosts welcome the general public, help orient them to the preserves’ hiking trails, and interpret the outstanding natural geological features of Fort Hill and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary at the sites’ educational museums. Museum hosts work weekends during the April through October Museum season, covering shifts that range from 5 – 7 hours a day, and ideally working an average of one day a month. 

Invasive Plant Removal

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. 

Education/Special Event Facilitator and Cook

Education Facilitators and cooks help with special events, workshops and our annual donor gathering throughout the year helping with setting up, baking, prepping and cooking meals and clean up.

Trail Maintenance

The Arc currently manages seventeen 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.

Facility Maintenance

We currently have seven lodging facilities, one office and two museums that need continual maintenance. During low rental times volunteers could help paint, maintain the landscape and other various maintenance work.

Don’t live nearby? Lodging is available in our volunteer headquarters, Ash Ayden. 

Questions? Contact Kayla Rankin at 937-365-1935 or services@arcofappalachia.org.