Volunteer eNews July 2017

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July 2017

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Summer is here and it's hot!

Here is a recent shot of our Alive in You youth group at Sweetwater Creek State Park!

alive in youth

New Website Coming Soon!

This just in, the Georgia State Parks and Historic Site website will be updating July 10th. It will look very different from the current one. The pictures will be amazing! Previous links should still be working, but as with anything in technology, there are bound to be some hiccups. If you have trouble shoot us an email.

Hosts Needed - Immediate positions available!


Georgia Veterans State Park


SAM Shortline Train


Jarrell Plantation Historic Site

Welcome our new Assistant Volunteer Coordinator!


Rachael Rupe

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Hello everyone! My name is Rachael Rupe, and I am very excited to start this new journey with Georgia State Parks, as the new Assistant Volunteer Coordinator! I am close to finishing my BS in psychology/sociology at Georgia State University. I am originally from Stockbridge, GA, and still reside there today. Outside of the office, I love to do anything outdoors, mostly hiking, camping, and canoeing. On the weekends I love to spend time with my family, search for antiques, and fix up old furniture in my spare time. I almost always have some kind of DIY project in the works! I have recently found myself yearning to travel. I have ambitious plans to one day hike the Appalachian Trail, and possibly tour Europe. I do plan to start small with our very own parks here in Georgia! I am so excited to see where I go from here and I look forward to meeting you all!



Volunteer Events

July 8, 2017

  • Volunteer Work Day - Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 9 AM
  • 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. Bring water, gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. 678-450-7726.

  • Volunteer for Etowah Games Day - Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site - Cartersville, GA
  • We need several volunteers to set up and host gaming stations, where guests can learn a little about a game Native Americans played, and in some cases allow guests to play those games. If you are interested in volunteering to help out at this special event, please call Ranger Keith ahead of time to see how you can help out. 770-387-3747.

  • Volunteer Day / Heath Lake - Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
  • Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA
  • Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around Heath Lake. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Heath Lake parking lot 706-802-5087.

July 20, 2017

  • Volunteer Trails Work Day - Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
  • This volunteer workday is a great way for individuals, families, or community service oriented groups to do some great outside work. Meet other volunteers of Hard Labor Creek State Park and enjoy the work, company, and the outdoors. Work could include cutting back brush, raking, helping construct bridges or putting up directional signs. 706-557-3001.

See more events online! Upcoming Volunteer Projects

June Hours

June Hours

A Round of Applause for these dedicated volunteers:

Lifetime Achievement Certificate for 5000 hours of volunteer service for Georgia State Parks goes to George Moore!


Congratulations to these super stars for earning the Platinum Incentive level of 3000 hours of volunteer service!

  • Stanley and Tamara Klisiewcz
  • Leland and Bambi Hiatt
  • Charles Howard
  • Jim and Junnie Winters

Volunteer Resources

Log Hours, Earn Incentives

Start earning your incentives! Use 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 tracking software in 2014. 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. 

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at rachael.rupe@dnr.ga.gov

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

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