Summer doldrums? Students can volunteer in the Smokies

Students can join a park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer in a hands-on work project.

The Summer Student Volunteer Days is for high school and college students.

Here’s what’s available in North Carolina:

• From July 10 through Aug. 14, service projects for students include helping with historic preservation, seed collection, graffiti removal, pulling invasive plants and more. 865.436.1265.

• From July 19 through Aug. 9, students will get involved in “Citizen Science” projects such as salamander monitoring, tree mapping and water quality assessments. 828.497.1907.

• From July 24 through Aug. 23, students can help do trail maintenance alongside park trail staff to contribute to the public’s enjoyment and safety of the Smokies’ trail system. Students will work on drainage surfaces, build staircases and remove vegetation. 828.497.1949.

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