Lend a hand and make a difference in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
Smoky Mountain Service Day Volunteers Needed. Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are excited to announce the popular “Smokies Service Days” volunteer program resumes this month.
This is your chance to lend a hand in much needed national park restoration projects. Park staff will lead service opportunities beginning June 9. Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for the scheduled service projects that interest them. Service Days will provide opportunities to help care for park campgrounds, native plant gardens, and other natural and cultural resources in the Smokies.
The goal of these programs is to complete much needed work across the park and is ideal for those seeking to fulfill community service requirements. High school and college students, scout troops, civic organizations, visitors, families, and working adults are all encouraged to participate! Each project will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of ages and skill levels. Volunteer projects begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday mornings. Each project will conclude with an optional enrichment adventure to immerse participants in the natural and cultural resources of the park.
Park staff will provide tools and safety gear, including gloves and high visibility safety vests. Wearing closed-toe shoes is a requirement and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be provided as necessary. You will definitely want to bring a sack lunch if you plan to stay for the optional enrichment activity.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Project Coordinator, Logan Boldon, at 865-436-1278 prior to the scheduled event date to register. Space may be limited.
Current service opportunities include:
June 9 : Campground Clean-Up at Elkmont
June 16 : Campground Clean-Up at Smokemont
June 30 : Gardening at Oconaluftee
July 7 : Picnic Area & Campground Clean-Up at Deep Creek
July 21 : Campground Clean-Up at Cosby