October 2014 Volunteer eNews

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October 2014

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Halloween fun, Hosting Openings, New videos posted, YSPD recap

Before - After American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations Crew

What a difference volunteers can make!

The above top picture of the Trembling Earth Trail at Stephen C Foster State Park was taken when the American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations crew arrived at the park on September 21. The bottom shows the difference this team of 6 made within 4 days.  The Trembling Earth Trail is a 1.5 mile accessible boardwalk trail that runs through the Okefenokee Swamp.  The team's focus was to pressure wash and treat the boardwalk to help keep the boardwalk safe and increase its durability for many more years.  The American Hiking Society crew spent 4 days, 8 hours per day, plugging away on bringing back the beautiful wood hidden beneath the muck.  We are so grateful for our partnership with American Hiking Society that allows us to continue to improve our parks. The Volunteer Vacations program provides the opportunity for visitors from all over the U.S. to see projects in need, and sign up to help for a week at unique parks and natural areas all over the world. Georgia State Parks has benefited from having 3 teams in 2013, 5 teams in 2014 and we are proposing 8 teams in 2015. Learn more by visiting



Community Volunteer News


Halloween Helpers at Hard Labor Creek

Do you just love Halloween? Needed: Volunteers to help with creating family-friendly suspense decorations at Hard Labor Creek. Also looking for volunteers that will be a part of the action.  This is for the fall Halloween Hayride that takes place Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25. Does this sounds like you?

Follow up with Phil for more answers!


RV show

Georgia RV & Camper Show

October 11, 2014 - Volunteers needed to help promote Georgia State Parks at the RV show in Norcross at the North Atlanta Trade Center.  The show hours are 10a-8p, with them needing to come in at 9:15a. Everything will have already been set-up on Thursday.

Are you interested and available? Let Vernie know!


YSPD 2014

Your State Parks Day September 27, 2014

We had 51 parks offering a total 76 volunteer programs.  1,492 volunteers came out and helped on state parks and historic sites. Great job, Georgia! 

Hosting Opportunities

Reynolds Mansion Sapelo Island Host


Click here to apply

Hosting at Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island is not for everyone. This isolated 11-mile island requires a minimum of 6 months assignment and preference is a 1 year commitment.  We have an immediate opening for Reynolds Mansion Host. If you can commit to our minimum stay for this position and are self-sustaining, apply now!

Call for more information 912-485-2299

Hard Labor Creek State Park


Campground and Golf Course Hosts needed

Apply Here

This central Georgia park is tucked away in rural Rutledge, Georgia.  It is a little slice of southern charm with a beautiful lake and golf course.

Park 706-557-3001

Golf Course 706-557-3006

Mistletoe State Park


Apply Here

Mistletoe State Park is located outside of Augusta, Georgia has one of the best programs schedule of all of our state parks.  It is located on Clarks Hill Lake and has just the right combination of history and nature.

Park 706-541-0321

Volunteer Hours and New Videos

September Hours

September 2014 Hours



Our volunteers and hosts are encouraged to log their hours online. There are incentives that are mailed to you once you reach critical hours documented!  Log your hours HERE!

Congratulations and a great big THANK YOU to those volunteers that have reached the Over 500 Hour Club. You will receive your note in the mail within the next few weeks.


Volunteers Defined: We love and need them all!

Community Volunteers-Help on a day-to-day basis at a Park as they are available. Our community volunteers help with leading hikes, helping with maintenance, assisting with the visitor or retail center, guide new visitors to park activities and locations. Those volunteering more than once per month or planning to volunteer more than 20 hours per year need to update registration.

Hosts (Campground, Yurt, Maintenance, Golf, Train)-Stay in their personal RV at designated free Host Site for 2-6 months in exchange for a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer work.  Host duties include: visitor assistance and maintenance.  All hosts are required to update registration to still be considered for hosting.

Group Volunteers-This is for Churches, Corporations, Scouts and Universities who want a tailor-made project that will strengthen the group as individuals as well as a team morale while assisting Georgia State Parks. Only the group leader will need to be registered in our system.


How are we doing?

In order for Georgia State Parks to continue to thrive and grow, even in these lean budget times, we need to get feedback from those that utilize our services and Parks. As Volunteers and Hosts, you have the same rights and anonymity in park observations and feedback as our Park Staff.  Please use this quick survey form to share your experiences with us.


Thanks for reading!  Please feel free to share with others.  If you need to contact me, Georgia State Parks Volunteer Coordinator: nyleta.wallace@gadnr.org

As always, thank you for being a steward for Georgia State Parks!

Have a great day!