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March 2015

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Event highlights, Host openings, Volunteer Hours


Spring Break at Wormsloe

Last week 10 students from the University of Virginia celebrated their spring break at Wormsloe State Historic Site. They committed 80 hours to the beautification of our Visitor Center by removing leaves and debris and laying down mulch. If you have a group, or are an individual who would like to volunteer give them a call at (912)353-3023 or email to marketing.wormsloe@gmail.com

spring break

Project Spotlights


American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation at Black Rock Mountain State Park

In partnership with American Hiking Society, we had 14 volunteers spend March 8-14 working on trail erosion and moving and rebuilding a bridge on the trail.  It was a a little cool and wet, but the volunteers still got out there every day to put in a full day's worth of work to bring these trails into better repair in preparation of the park opening. The Volunteer Vacation program enables folks from all over the US to come to our parks to lend a hand and hopefully entice them to return as visitors again in the future.

Don Carter STH 2014

Upcoming! Sweep The Hooch April 11, 2015 at Don Carter, Chattahoochee Bend, and Sweetwater Creek State Park

Fifth Annual

Sweep the Hooch

Saturday - April 11, 2015

1 Day, 38 Projects and A Lot of Trash!

Click "GO" to register for one of these fun, service-filled projects!



Volunteers needed for Juneteenth Get Outdoors Day at Jarrell Plantation Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:30am-3:30pm

Volunteers are needed to demonstrate historical arts and crafts, skills such as blacksmithing, woodstove or kettle cooking, quilting, woodworking and trades, folk music, storytelling, lead children’s games, or read the Emancipation Proclamation aloud.

Our staff can train new volunteers on weaving, spinning, quilting, demonstrating traditional toys, making cornshuck dolls, conducting tours and using a draw knife and shaving horse to make walking sticks.


Hosts Needed

Mistletoe State Park


Located on 71,100-acre Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta, this park is known as one of the finest bass fishing spots in the nation.  Boat ramps provide easy access to one of the Southeast’s largest lakes. During the summer, guests can cool off at the sandy beach or on miles of shaded nature trails.  Many programs are hosted throughout the year, such as astronomy programs, concerts and nature walks.

See Availability Here

High Falls State Park

High Falls

Located northwest of Macon, High Falls State Park is named for tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River. Boat rental, ramps and fishing docks provide easy access to the park’s lake, known as one of Georgia’s top fishing spots for hybrid and white bass. Overnight visitors can choose from a spacious campground or lakeside yurts, which are like canvas and wood tents.  Each yurt features a small deck, picnic table and grill outside, plus furniture, electrical outlets and a ceiling fan inside.  During summer, guests may cool off in the park’s swimming pool.

See Availability Here

Georgia Veterans State Park


Established as a memorial to U.S. veterans, this park features a museum with aircraft (including a Boeing B-29A), armored vehicles, uniforms, weapons, medals and other items from the Revolutionary War through the Gulf War.  An 18-hole golf course and pro shop, along with 8,700-acre Lake Blackshear and proximity to I-75, make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks

See Availability Here

Crooked River State Park

Crooked River

Hosts needed April through September 2015!

Located on southern tip of Georgia’s Colonial Coast, this park is the perfect spot for enjoying the intracoastal waterway and maritime forest.  Campsites are surrounded by palmettos and Spanish moss-draped oaks, while cottages are set near the tidal river. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise

See Availability Here

Volunteer Hours Updates

Logging your Hours

We rolled out the new volunteer hour tracking option in December 2014. It took a little longer than expected but now the 2014 hours have been transferred over and all incentives earned since then have been mailed out. 

Here is the website for more information on Volunteer Hours and how incentives are earned.

You can see how many hours you have recorded or were transferred over from 2014 by logging into your time sheet.https://www.ourvolts.com/site/georgia-state-park-and-historic-sites-volunteers-and-hosts/timesheet

Using this neat Stats feature, you can see where you are in the overall documentation of hours for volunteers all over the state: https://www.ourvolts.com/site/georgia-state-park-and-historic-sites-volunteers-and-hosts/stats

Thank you for your patience as we transitioned to this new tracking software. Your information is now accessible by you, park managers as well as myself. However, it is completely private and not accessible by anyone outside of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. 

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!

Helpful Links:

eNews Archived - http://gastateparks.org/volunteer/news

Log your Hours - http://gastateparks.org/volunteer/hours

See your recorded hours - https://www.ourvolts.com/site/georgia-state-park-and-historic-sites-volunteers-and-hosts/timesheet

Volunteer Hour Stats - https://www.ourvolts.com/site/georgia-state-park-and-historic-sites-volunteers-and-hosts/stats