Volunteer Workdays & Events

Volunteer Day: Trail Installation at Rock Run Preserve

Tues., Nov 19       Tues., Nov 26            Sat. Dec 7

10am- mid afternoon

We need help to finish the last mile of this wilderness trail! Join Arc staff and other volunteers for a day of hard work in woods installing a brand new trail at Rock Run Preserve, as we cut this “goat path” into the hillside.  These trail work days will be an exciting opportunity to be in on the ground level of the installation of a wilderness trail!!  Be part of creating this trail, which will be a lasting legacy for visitors to appreciate and experience the wild places of southern Ohio!!   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: Crow Point Invasive Removal Day

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Join us on one of our Highlands Nature Sanctuary’s properties, a 83 acre tract on just off Cave Road. We will be removing Autumn Olives from the Ashy Sunflower fields. Join site leader & Arc Staff Ethan King and reinforcement from Americorp NCCC. More Information…



Volunteer Day: Junction Earthworks Invasive Removal Day


Arc staff and volunteers with the help of hardworking folks from Alvis House have almost completely cleared the forest and fields of the woody invasive species at Junction Earthworks. Join us at Junction Earthworks to remove the new sprouts of bush honeysuckle from the 70 acre planted prairie working alongside Arc Staff Tim Pohlar and reinforcement from Americorp NCCC. 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…

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 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.