Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Science Stations

Teen Science Stations

Spend a few hours in the park teaching visitors about soil, fossils, sediments or rocks using our science station kits, which include props and thorough instructions. Just bring a willingness to learn and become a nature educator! Ages 14+

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Stewardship Opportunities

Stewardship Opportunities

Join Eco Crew the 1st & 2nd Saturdays of the month from 9am-12pm. Eco Crew volunteer tasks alternate between trail maintenance and invasive plant removal.

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Volunteers Descriptions

Education & Interpretive Programs

  • Guided Hikes: Lead guided interpretive walks on different themes for adults and families.
  • Story and Stroll: Read a story, make a craft and lead a walk with pre-school aged kids.
  • Nature Guide: Lead field trips through the forest for grades k-6
  • Interpretive Stations: Bring education to park visitors through roving science stations.
  • Owl Monitoring: Locate and monitor owl species throughout Tryon Creek.

Stewardship, Restoration, and Trails

  • Stewardship Saturdays: Returning in Spring 2017 join us every week as we remove invasive plants.
  • Stewardship Leader: Guide stewardship work parties and educate volunteers about our restoration efforts.
  • Trail Work: Join our Saturday trail crew as they restore, maintain and build new trails.
  • Adopt a Plot or Trail: Restore the park on your own schedule.
  • Backyard Habitat: Conduct site visits to certify program participants as they work to restore native wildlife habitat in their own backyards.

Outreach and Events

  • Nature Center Volunteer: Welcome visitors and answer questions about the park in the Nature Center
  • Outreach & Membership Intern: Support the Development team through outreach and promotion of our membership
  • Membership Ambassador: Share our mission, programs, and Membership opportunities out on the trail or at community events.
  • Special Events: Work behind the scenes to support planning, set-up, and logistics for events.
  • Trail Ambassador: Represent the State Parks on the trails by offering information to visitors and providing gentle reminders about park rules.

Youth Roles

  • Teen Science Educator: Educate and connect visitors to through a science station set outside on the trails.
  • Assistant Counselor: Support the Summer Nature Day Camp staff as they lead hikes, craft projects, songs and storytelling.

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How to become a Tryon Creek volunteer

  1. Fill out a volunteer application
  2. Schedule a phone interview with Volunteer Coordinator Amy Morrison
  3. Pass a background check (not required for all volunteer roles)
  4. Complete an OPRD waiver form

*Note: Steps 1-3 do not apply to Stewardship Saturdays and special event volunteers

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If you have any questions or comments: Amy Morrison, Volunteer Coordinator: amy@tryonfriends.org