Volunteer Open House

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


Are you interested in volunteering with the Arc of Appalachia?

The Arc of Appalachia offers many volunteer opportunities. If you like working outside with nature, interacting with guests, or  even baking we have something for you! Join us for a day of getting to know the Arc of Appalachia and our staff and learning more about the ways you can be involved. We will begin our morning getting to know each other, followed by an information hour on the Arc of Appalachia. A hearty lunch of vegetarian chili, cornbread and our popular cashew bars will be served at noon. After lunch you will have the opportunity to learn more about any volunteer events you are interested in. Stations will be set up for different volunteer areas and we will hold fifteen minute information sessions on these volunteer opportunities until 3:30pm. You are welcome to attend as many as you would like.

Open House Registration

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.