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Volunteering

On-Going Volunteer Work Days

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Cedars of Lebanon State Park hosts volunteer days on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteers opportunities at Cedars of Lebanon State Park include such things as trail maintenance, grounds keeping, painting, trash removal, construction of simple structures, and removal of invasive species. We ask that participants wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring water. Meetup at the nature center at 9:00 AM CT. For any additional information or questions please contact Ranger Zach Tinkle by email at zach.tinkle@tn.gov or by phone at 615-443-2769.

Johnsonville State Historic Park

Johnsonville State Historic Park offers thematic volunteer days throughout the year including Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Civil War Trust Park Day, Memorial Day Crockett Cemetery Cleanup, National Trails Day, and National Public Lands Day. Project work often includes clean up/preservation of historic park features including cemeteries and Civil War era earthworks, trail work, removal of trash/recyclables from the river bank, and the removal of brush, vines, and invasive plants from the park.

It is always suggested to wear long pants, sturdy shoes/boots, seasonal specific clothing and to bring a water bottle and work gloves. All hand tools and necessary safety gear are provided by the park.

For more information on these volunteer days or other opportunities to volunteer, please visit the Johnsonville State Park event calendar or call the Park Welcome Center at 931-535-2789.

Panther Creek State Park

Looking to lend a hand? Join park staff on the second Saturday of every month for Volunteer Day. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM we improve trails, clean up litter, and beautify our wonderful State Park! Come for the full time or a couple of hours, all are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and a pair of gloves. Meet at the visitor center. For more info contact: shaun.rainone@tn.gov.

Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area

Every fourth Saturday of each month (except December) is Volunteer Day. Participate in trail work, exotic plant removal and other park projects. Meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor Center off Granny White Pike at 8:00 AM CT. Most volunteer work days last until 12 noon. No RSVP necessary. Friends of Radnor Lake provide bottled water, insect repellent, gloves, lunch for volunteers and other supplies. For more information about the Radnor Lake Volunteer Work Day and special volunteer days, call the park office at 615-373-3467 or visit the Friends of Radnor Lake website.

Radnor Lake also hosts volunteer groups as the schedule permits. Groups wishing to schedule specific days outside the monthly Volunteer Day should email Park Manager Steve Ward at steve.ward@tn.gov.

Rocky Fork State Park

Starting in February 2016, Rocky Fork State Park will be hosting a monthly Volunteer Day on the 3rd Saturday of every month (except December). We will begin at 8:00 AM ET; the event usually lasts for 4 hours. Volunteer activities include trail improvement, exotic-invasive plant removal, or stream clean-up. Be sure to pack water and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves. The park will have a few extra gloves on hand.

Meet at: Rocky Fork State Park Main Entrance Gate 501 Rocky Fork Road, Flag Pond, TN 37657.

For more information contact Park Manager Jesse Germeraad Jesse.Germeraad@tn.govOffice Phone #: 423-271-1233 Work Cell: 423-637-3709.

Questions may be sent to us through our Rocky Fork State Park Facebook page.

Since GPS/Map Apps sometimes do not recognize our new address and brings visitors to the wrong location, we have included some written directions.

From Johnson City, TN: Get on I-26 E (approx. 16 mi), take Exit 43 for US-19W toward TN-352/Temple Hill Rd, turn Left onto US-19W S, turn Right to stay on US-19W S (approx. 1 mi), slight Right onto TN-352 W (4.8 mi), and turn Right onto Rocky Fork Rd (approx. 1 mi) to Rocky Fork State Park Main Entrance Gate.

From Asheville, NC: Get on I-26 W/US-19 N/US-23 N/US-70 W (approx. 27 mi), continue on I-26 W (approx. 4.3 mi), take Exit 50 toward Flag Pond Rd (0.4 mi), turn Left onto Upper Higgins Creek Rd (0.6 mi), turn Right onto Old Asheville Hwy (2.3 mi), and turn Left onto Rocky Fork Rd (approx. 1 mi) to Rocky Fork State Park Main Entrance Gate.

Seven Islands State Birding Park

Every third Saturday of each month will be Volunteer Day at Seven Islands. Participants will assist park staff with trail maintenance and improvements, exotic plant management, and various other park projects that are underway.  Meet at the Blue Bird Barn (barn at park entrance) at 9:00 AM.  Most volunteer days will last until 12 PM.  Participants should be prepared with sturdy footwear, work gloves, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water and food (snacks and/or lunch.  Much of this work will be physically demanding but we can find a project for everyone!  With minimal park staff every little bit helps from our volunteers! 

For more information on these volunteer days or other opportunities to volunteer, please visit the Seven Islands State Birding Park website or call the Park Office at 865-407-8335 or Ranger Britt Farrar at Britt.t.farrar@tn.gov.  

South Cumberland State Park

Every Saturday at 9:00 AM CT join us for Trail Days at Fiery Gizzard. Flex your Tennessee volunteer muscles by helping with a major trail reroute along the Fiery Gizzard Trail. This exciting reroute will cut through some rough and beautiful terrain so be prepared with sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water and food (snacks and/or lunch). Much of the work involves lifting and moving heavy stones, cutting trees, building stairs, and cutting out a trail. We will meet at the Grundy Forest parking lot and will work until early afternoon, around 2:00 PM. For more information or if you want to bring a large group, email Ranger Jason at jason.reynolds@tn.gov or call the Visitor's Center at 931-924-2980.

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387

T.O. Fuller State Park

Please join us the second Saturday of each month at 9:45 to 11:45 AM CT, for various projects around the park. Volunteer projects could include trash removal, painting, construction of simple structures, and protecting the native butterfly garden by removing invasive plant species. We ask volunteers to bring water, wear long sleeves, pants, and a comfortable pair of closed toe shoes. Meet at the park visitor's center which is located at 1500 West Mitchell Road Memphis, TN. 38109. For more information contact Ranger Toni Mitchell at 901-543-7581 or Tony.B.Mitchell@tn.gov.

Other Volunteer Days

50K Tree Day - Feb. 27

Tennessee State Parks has teamed up with the Tennessee Environmental Council for the second annual 50K Tree Day, on February 27, 2016. The goal? To have all 95 Tennessee Counties participate and plant 50,000 trees on February 27. Individuals and small groups can register to pick up bundles of bare-root seedlings, (the bundles come with one of each species: Virginia pine, Shumard oak, dogwood, redbud, and tulip poplar) which can then be planted anywhere across the state. SEE HERE to register for trees, find a tree pick-up location near you or find a tree planting event near you. This is a tree-mendous opportunity to plant a tree for the future. 

TN Promise Saturday - April 16 and July 23

Tennessee State Parks offered a variety of volunteer events across the state on Saturday, July 23, to help TN Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. It’s a great opportunity for TN Promise Scholars to improve a state park, bank volunteer service hours while having a little bit of fun at the same time. LEARN MORE.

National Public Lands Day - September 24

Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas have been strong supporters of National Public Lands Day in the past and their participation continues again this year. Help us celebrate this annual day of caring for shared lands. LEARN MORE about variety of volunteer stewardship projects and activities at Tennessee State Parks.