From familiar and special places to new and yet-to-be discovered spots, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest means something different to everyone. We offer many different ways to become involved in the care and management of the Forest. Below are only some of the ways you can volunteer your time and passion to caring for your national forest.


Student participants examine soil during citizen science observations

Youth Forest Monitoring Program

Youth Forest Monitoring Program (YFMP) is an innovative summer citizen science program for students entering grades 10-12. Participants learn about forest ecology, explore their local forest lands, engage in forest health monitoring, and network with forest professionals. Click here to learn more.








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Have You Seen Me?

The Forest Service and the Montana Discovery Foundation need YOUR help reporting sightings of some special wildlife and plant species across the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest! The information that you provide will help Forest Service scientists with data collection that can then be used for all sorts of purposes, including resource and habitat management, project development, and more! Click here to learn more about the program.



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Volunteer Opportunities

Depending on your skills and interests, the Forest Service has many types of volunteering opportunities.


Passport In Time  (PIT) is a volunteer program of the US Forest Service. PIT provides opportunities for the public to work with professional archaeologists and historians on national forests and grasslands across the country.  http://www.passportintime.com/


Celebrating Volunteers

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the US Forest Service. Volunteer service in the Forest Service was formalized in the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972.  If you are a Forest Service volunteer we thank you for your time and dedication to caring for the land and people.



Volunteering with the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Volunteering for the Interpretive Center is rewarding and fun! We rely heavily on volunteers to conduct a variety of day to day operations that make the center a wonderful place to learn, recreate, and enjoy. Please click the link to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the LCIC. 

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