Volunteer eNews July 2016

Volunteer projects, incentives, and parades

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July 2016

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

> IN THIS ISSUE: Volunteer positions, projects, incentives, and parades

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Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade - we need creative folks to help us brainstorm and create our lanterns

This year we are participating in the Atlanta Beltline Fall Festival Lantern Parade! We need some creative folks that would like to help us imagine and create our lanterns for the parade and even participate in the parade if you'd like! http://art.beltline.org/lantern-parade/ Interested in helping? Reach out to Karla Scarzafava here.


Park Volunteer Opportunities


Host at Sapelo Island

Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island is a remote location off the Georgia coast. Hosts' RVs are barged over to the island to stay a minimum of 6 months. Due to its remote location, this position is for those that like a long-term commitment. Enjoy the beautiful coastal surroundings and help with day to day operations. Interested applicants apply here or call James for more information 912-485-2299


Sweetwater Creek Canoe Clean Up

July 17

Join us in beautifying Sweetwater Creek as we pick up trash from the water by canoe and along the banks. Pre-registration is required and previous canoe experience is required for those in canoes. Meet at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 770-732-5871.



Cloudland Canyon Trail Day

July 9

Help upkeep trails in the park and get your Saturday morning workout on by volunteering with "Trail Dudes" Greg Foster, Gary Holsted, and other members of Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Specific projects may include trail repair, sign installation, tool organization, etc. For more info, email Greg at atthruhiker2006@yahoo.com. 423-702-1218.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects & Events

Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM Volunteer Work Day 

Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA

Come join the Friends of Don Carter State Park every second Saturday of the month to participate in a variety of volunteer projects. Meet at park's visitor center. 678-450-7726.


Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM Bike Trails Work and Ride  

Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA

Join park staff and volunteers for some time spent working on the bike trail, and a guided trail ride afterward. If you assist with trail work there is no charge for the ride. 706-557-3001.


Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM Volunteer Day / Heath Lake  

Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA

Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the Heath Lake Boat Ramp. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot 706-802-5087. 706-802-5087.


Monday, Aug 1, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM Volunteer to Help Us with Summer Programs and Events    F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA

Join us for a fun-filled summer on the mountain as a program/hike guide, host, or information specialist for one or more of our many public programs. Contact Amy for more information at the park office or email fdrpark_naturalist@yahoo.com. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

For and more events and projects - click here


Parks with host positions still available between now and October 2016

Apply for an opening today! http://gastateparks.org/volunteer/hosts


Are you new to hosting?

Workamper.com has a media library with some Q&A from experienced folks out there that may help answer some of your questions.

Here is a link to one of the recent ones: https://www.workamper.com/media-library/workamper-campfire-38

*Thanks to the Crims for the great picture of the host site at James H Floyd State Park!

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Incentives Earned and Logging Your Hours

May Hours


June Hours


These Volunteers have gone Above and Beyond!


Platinum Level for 3000 Hours:

Thomas Pitchford

Peter and Jennifer Piercy

Mary and Tommy Victor

Dorothy and Roy Edwards


Lifetime Achievement Awards for 5000 Hours:

Tina Cano and Coleman Lee

Debbie and Gene Nisbet

Norman and Virginia Teal

Logging Your Hours

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.http://www.trackitforward.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.trackitforward.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 Manager: nyleta.wallace@dnr.ga.gov

or Carly Nielsen the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at carly.nielsen@dnr.ga.gov

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

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