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February 2022

Pinnacles National Park, California – Volunteer Vacations 2022

February 28 - March 4
Pinnacles National Park, 5000 Highway 146, Paicines, California 95043 + Google Map
7 spots available Register

Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life: prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. American Hiking Society volunteers will work to repair and maintain dry stone steps and trail tread on multiple sections of the…

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March 2022

Westmoreland State Park, Virginia – Volunteer Vacations 2022

March 6 - March 12
Westmoreland State Park, 145 Cliff Rd., Montross, VA 22520 United States + Google Map
6 spots available Register

Join American Hiking Society at Westmoreland State Park to construct and maintain historic trails to make them more accessible for all. On the Potomac River's Northern Neck, this park offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts from hiking to fossil hunting, birding, fishing and more. Erosion has drastically affected the topography at Westmoreland, and volunteers are needed to assist with maintenance and prevention of further erosion on the park's popular trails. The volunteer crew will receive a formal trail maintenance training…

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Joshua Tree National Park, California – Volunteer Vacations 2022

March 20 - March 26
Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 United States + Google Map
6 spots available Register

Come enjoy springtime in the desert! Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. On this trip, join National Park Service (NPS) staff and work together with fellow…

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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas – Volunteer Vacations 2022

March 20 - March 26
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Circle, Austwell, TX 77950 United States + Google Map
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What is today known as the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge first emerged 120,000 years ago during the Pleistocene era when a barrier island was born. Today, this landscape is best known for its prominent place in the American wildlife conservation movement. In 1941, when only 15 whooping cranes survived in the wild, the iconic bird became an emblem of alarm and concern for all endangered and threatened species. Aransas became a focal point of the national and worldwide effort to…

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Shenandoah River State Park, Virginia- Volunteer Vacations 2022

March 20 - March 26
Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughter of Stars Dr, Bentoville, VA 22610 United States + Google Map
8 spots available Register

In addition to the meandering river frontage, Shenandoah River State Park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. A large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. With more than 24 miles of trails, the park has plenty of options for hiking, biking, horseback riding and adventure. American Hiking Society volunteers will work on installing…

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Cheaha State Park, Alabama – Volunteer Vacation 2022

March 20 - March 26
Cheaha State Park, 19644 Hwy 281, Delta, AL 36258 United States + Google Map
14 spots available Register

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and surrounded by 300,000 acres of Talladega National Forest sits Cheaha State Park, home to Alabama’s oldest state park and home to its highest point.  Often called Alabama’s “Island in the Sky”, Cheaha welcomes guests to enjoy and connect with nature. "Cheaha" is derived from the Muscogee word "Cheaha," which means "high spot" in Creek Native American language. Mountains have long been associated with spiritual places of transformation. The Civilian Conservation…

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April 2022

Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee – Volunteer Vacations 2022

April 3 - April 9
Tellico Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, 250 Ranger Station Road, Tellico Plains, TN 37385 United States + Google Map
9 spots available Register

The Cherokee National Forest is your destination for outdoor recreation. Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail. The Whigg Ridge Trail is a 2.8 mile long trail from the Tellico River up Whigg Ridge to the FS road just below the top of Whigg Meadow. This trail has not been worked on for over 10 years and is nearly impassible. Volunteers…

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Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Illinois – Volunteer Vacations 2022

April 10 - April 16
Shawnee National Forest, Touch of Nature Environmental Center, 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, Illinois 62958 United States + Google Map
9 spots available Register

Touch of Nature Environmental Center hosts experiential education programs that utilize the many natural resources on and around its 3,400 acres located in beautiful Southern Illinois. These programs offer opportunities for all people and focus on traditional outdoor activities, environmental education, and adventure pursuits. Touch of Nature is currently working to create 15 additional miles of trail to the existing trail system in Shawnee National Forest. This project includes maintaining existing trail with actions such as brushing, clearing water bars,…

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Camp Nelson National Monument, Kentucky – Volunteer Vacations 2022

April 18 - April 24
Camp Nelson National Monument, 6614 Danville Loop 2 Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356 United States + Google Map
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Initially established as a Federal army supply depot and hospital, Camp Nelson was one of the largest recruitment and training centers for African American soldiers during the Civil War, and served as a refugee camp for their wives and children. Thousands of enslaved African Americans risked their lives escaping to the camp, located within the slaveholding state of Kentucky, with the hope of securing their freedom and, ultimately, controlling their futures by contributing to the abolition of slavery. Camp Nelson…

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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina – Volunteer Vacations 2022

April 24 - April 30
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeevill, South Carolina 29927 United States + Google Map
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The chain of national wildlife refuges that forms the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex extends from Pinckney Island NWR near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to Wolf Island NWR near Darien, Georgia. The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, established April 6, 1927, consists of 31,551 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks, and bottomland hardwoods. About half the refuge is bottomland, composed primarily of cypress, gum, and maple species. Volunteers will work on the Swamp Edge Boardwalk trail to provide visitor…

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