Volunteer eNews Summer 2018

Volunteer news and highlights going into Summer 2018

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May 2018

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Another successful year for Sweep The Hooch event!

Sweep The Hooch

2018 Sweep the Hooch Results – 819 Volunteers, 43 Cleanup sites, 24 TONS of trash removed

This was our 5th year participating in the Sweep the Hooch. This event is an annual day of service to the Chattahoochee River watershed mobilizing volunteers on foot, in waders, or kayak/canoe paddlers to remove trash at locations throughout the watershed. The initial registration numbers were 960 and even with the misty cool morning we had 819 volunteers participate in the event throughout the state removing 24 tons of trash on April 7, 2018.

Since this event started in 2010 we have removed more than 57 TONS of trash with the assistance of more than 3,500 volunteers.

This year, we had more than 40 cleanup locations throughout 100 river and tributary miles – from the headwaters above Lake Lanier, through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Atlanta, and down to West Point Lake.

Participating sites: Don Carter State Park, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and Hardman Farm State Historic Site

Hosting Opportunities


Immediate needs:

  • Vogel State Park
  • Reed Bingham State Park
  • Seminole State Park
  • Hamburg State Park
  • Don Carter State Park
  • Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site

Summer openings:

  • Fort Morris State Historic Site
  • Indian Springs State Park
  • Kolomoki State Historic Park
  • Richard B Russell State Park at the Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course
  • Stephen C Foster State Park

See the parks around GA and click on their name to visit their webpage


Reach out to the park for more information or apply online at


Upcoming Volunteer Events

Saturday, May 5, 2018

  • Volunteer to help with the Stick Horse Derby Saturday, May 5, 2018 11 AM to 3 PM at F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA
  • Yargo Trail Crew Meeting and Work Day Saturday, May 5, 2018 7:30 AM to 12 PM at Fort Yargo State Park - Winder, GA
  • Volunteer Trail Clean-Up Day Saturday, May 5, 2018 9 AM to 11 AM at Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area - Rome, GA

Sunday, May 6, 2018

  • Volunteer Day Sunday, May 6, 2018 10 AM to 12 PM at Fort Mountain State Park - Chatsworth, GA

Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • Saturday Trail Maintenance Saturday, May 12, 2018 8:30 AM to 11 AM at Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA
  • Volunteer Trails Work Day Saturday, May 12, 2018 9 AM to 11:30 AM at Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
  • Volunteer Work Day Saturday, May 12, 2018 9 AM at James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA
  • South River Clean Up Saturday, May 12, 2018 9 AM to 2 PM at Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

  • Trail Maintenance Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6 PM to 8 PM at Cloudland Canyon State Park - Rising Fawn, GA

Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • Volunteer Work Day Saturday, May 19, 2018 9 AM to 1 PM at Don Carter State Park - Gainesville, GA
  • Volunteer to Work on the Pine Mountain Trail Saturday, May 19, 2018 10 AM to 1 PM at F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, GA

Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • Volunteer Work Day Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette, GA

See more details and events on the Volunteer Events calendar at this link

Thank you and Farewell


My time with Georgia State Parks is drawing to a close. Next week my husband and I will be moving to South Dakota. I have truly enjoyed working with all of you wonderful volunteers over the past 6+ years. You go above and beyond the call of duty every single day to bring a smile to our guest's face and be the helpful hand in what is needed at the park. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites have THE BEST volunteers in the country. I am grateful for having met a number of you and to have been able to assist in finding volunteer opportunities for you to serve.

Thank you for your dedication to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. I know that I am leaving the program in good hands with Rachael Rupe, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. She is just as committed to the success of the Volunteer Program as I have been. I bid you farewell. Thanks again for all you have done and continue to do.

Yours in service,

Nyleta Wallace

Volunteer Hours

Track It Forward

Don't forget to continue to log your hours and 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.https://www.trackitforward.com/site/georgia-department-natural-resources


Volunteers Defined

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 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

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