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+read more
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.read more
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.
- 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
- Fill out a volunteer application
- Schedule a phone interview with Volunteer Coordinator Amy Morrison
- Pass a background check (not required for all volunteer roles)
- Complete an OPRD waiver form
*Note: Steps 1-3 do not apply to Stewardship Saturdays and special event volunteers
If you have any questions or comments: Amy Morrison, Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org