Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to “Fall into Volunteerism with Smokies Service Days.”

Park staff will lead several single-day volunteer opportunities across the park on two Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31. Each experience provides a unique, hands-on opportunity to help care for park campgrounds, historic buildings and natural resources.

This volunteer program helps complete much needed work across the park and is ideal for families, visitors, students, scout troops, civic organizations, working adults with busy schedules and individuals seeking to fulfill community service requirements. Each project will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of ages and skills, though some may have age restrictions. Volunteer projects will last for approximately two 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 should bring water, snacks, and a bagged lunch. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, the number of volunteers for each project is limited.

To register, email Project Coordinator, Madison Ficca at madison_ficca@partner.nps.gov prior to the scheduled event date. Put “SSD Registration” in the subject line.

Opportunities are offered on the following dates:

Oct. 24: Green Thumb Gardening at Oconaluftee Visitor Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Ages 15-plus welcome.

Oct. 31: “The Deep Creep” Litter Clean-Up at the Deep Creek Picnic Area from 10 a.m. until noon. All ages welcome.