Great Smoky Mountains

A park ranger and visitor look out over the Great Smoky Mountains in this image captured by Hiram Wilburn, Great Smoky Mountains National Park historian.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for people for weekend “work-togethers” in the park.

Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for volunteer opportunities to help maintain and improve operations at campgrounds, historic structures and other natural/cultural resources. Each Smokies Service Day activity offers group enrichment geared to deepen participants’ experience of the natural world.

This volunteer program helps complete much-needed work across the park and is ideal for families, visitors, scout troops, civic organizations, nature lovers of all kinds, working adults with busy schedules and those seeking to fulfill community service requirements, including high school and college students.

Each project will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of ages, though some may have restrictions. Depending on the project, Smokies Service Days last for three to four hours on Saturday mornings.

Tools and safety gear, including gloves and high visibility safety vests, will be provided by park staff. Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes and other personal protective equipment as directed by the project coordinator (safety goggles will be provided when necessary). Volunteers should bring their own water and bagged lunches.

Register by Email: grsm_volunteer_office@nps.gov. In subject line, enter “SSD Registration.” Indicate the date and name of activity you wish to register for. Include the number in your group and the age of each volunteer. Your participation will be confirmed via email.

 

The 2021 North Carolina project schedule:

• Oct. 16: Green Thumb Gardening at Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9 a.m. until noon. Limited to 10 participants, ages 12-plus.

• Oct. 23: Campground Clean-Up at Smokemont Campground from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Limited to 12 participants, ages 10-plus.

• Oct. 30: “The Deep Creep” (costumed cleanup) at Deep Creek Picnic Area, 10 a.m. until noon. Limited to 25 participants, all ages welcome.