Thank you for volunteering!

National Trails Day 2012

Why #volunteer? Your interests and experiences can help with just about any aspect of the agency’s work except law enforcement and firefighting. The USDA Forest Service wilderness volunteers get to see some of the most amazing views while helping with trail work. 3,000,000+ people have given 136,000,000 volunteer hours with the Forest Service since 1972. Whether it's working outdoors with your hands or in an office on a computer, we depend on our volunteers to care for your national forests and grasslands. No matter your interest, your age, or where you are, #volunteer with us to care for the land and serve people. Help us keep those numbers growing! We need you!



Volunteering provides you a great opportunity to:

  • Give back to your community
  • Improve Forests and Grasslands
  • Learn about natural and cultural conservation
  • Meet new people and form friendships

Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of projects on the national forest, such as trail maintenance, campground hosts, and cleanup days.  Volunteer activities can be tailored to your specific talents and interest or you can take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills.

  • Help manage campgrounds
  • Interact with the public at visitor centers
  • Help run events and lead projects, like National Public Lands Day
  • Participate in Citizen Science projects
  • Build trails
  • Inventory wildlife and plants
  • Serve as fire lookouts
  • And much more 

See the @ChattOconeeNF Facebook page for a Schedule of Volunteer Activities.

Learn more about volunteering at www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/volunteers



How do I get started?



Volunteer with a group

Our partners are a key to our success. You can join a wide range of groups who maintain trails, enhance habitats, provide conservation education, or perform a host of other valuable services.

You can find many volunteer groups on the web or on social media:

Fishing Groups

Hiking Groups

Biking Groups

Horse Riding Groups

Conservation Groups

Outdoor Groups

Volunteer as an individual 

volunteer badges on back pack DSC_2249 If you have any doubt about how gratifying and how much fun working outdoors in a national forest is, we invite you to come work with us and see for yourself. But let's be honest, the days are long and the work is often physically demanding, but there is always something anyone can do. 

Volunteers may earn a National Forest Annual Pass by performing 20 hours of volunteer work in coordination with the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Just be sure to contact a local district office before you start to put in your volunteer time! All volunteer work and hours must be obtained under an official volunteer agreement.

Our national forests have a long, rich history which has led us to where we are today. Join us and be part of our heritage.

See details and opportunities at Volunteer.gov - America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal.

Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions

Adopt a Campground

Another opportunity to help is to adopt a campground. We have both developed and dispersed campgrounds that can be adopted. Needed activities in our campgrounds include general site cleanup, obliteration of illegal campsites, checking that signs are in good condition and placed properly.  To adopt a campground, contact your nearest District office.  Several opportunities (but not all) are listed at Volunteer.gov.

Trail Maintenance

The national forest has several organized trail clubs who help maintain a wide range of trail types under the Adopt-A-Trail Program. These groups welcome folks who would like to help out on one of their regular workdays, or who might be interested in becoming a club member. Learn more about trails on the national forest: CoTrails Makes Strides in Forest-wide Trails Assessment.

Lend a Hand for National Public Lands Day!

Volunteers Bob Crowl of the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association (CTHA) and David Muse of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) work side-by-side to deberm a trail in the Jake and Bull Mountain trail system on National Trails Day, June 2, 201National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest volunteer event for public lands. Join other trail enthusiasts in making a personal commitment of time and passion to our National Forest trails in order to “give back” for all the enjoyment they receive from their experiences in the great outdoors – have fun and accomplish something great! Get the details about events on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

Cleanup YOUR national forest

Unfortunately, not all national forest visitors are considerate of the beauty and wellbeing of our natural resources. The dumping of trash is a continual problem on the Forest. There are sites around the District that need to have litter removed.  We are always happy to have help with this never ending task. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

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#ItsAllYours - #cleanYOURforest!

Whether you fish, hunt, bike, hike or even like to go #Plogging - there's something for everyone to help!

Make the forest healthy while making yourself healthy!

Schedule of Volunteer Activities

See the @ChattOconeeNF Facebook page for a Schedule of Volunteer Activities.

Further event details by Ranger District may also available:


Thank you for volunteering!..Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of projects on the national forest, such as trail maintenance, campground hosts, and cleanup days. ..See details about the types of opportunities below...See the @ChattOconeeNF Face








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