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Welcome fall with Smokies Service Days

Welcome fall with Smokies Service Days

Join a team of park-loving people for weekend “work-togethers” each Saturday through Nov. 20 in the great outdoors of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Individuals and groups are invited to sign up for unique volunteer opportunities to help maintain and improve operations at campgrounds, historic structures and other natural and cultural resources. This volunteer program helps complete much needed work across the park and is ideal for families, visitors, scout troops, civic organizations, nature lovers of all kinds, working adults with busy schedules and those seeking to fulfill community service requirements, including high school and college students. 

Projects will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of ages, though some may have restrictions. Depending on the project, Smokies Service Days last for three to four hours on Saturday mornings. Tools and safety gear, including gloves and high visibility safety vests, will be provided by park staff. Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes and other Personal Protective Equipment. Volunteers bring their own water and bagged lunches. Projects will take place at Oconaluftee (Oct. 16), Smokemont (Oct. 23), Deep Creek (Oct. 30), Elkmont (Nov. 6 and 13) and Maloney Point (Nov. 20). To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and enter ‘SSD Registration’ in the subject line. Indicate the date and name of activity you wish to register for, including the number in your group and the age of each volunteer. 

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