Types of Volunteer Opportunities
The Jefferson Memorial Forest and Natural Areas Region of Metro Parks offer volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping Metro Parks meet its mission in the area of trails, land stewardship and nature-based programming. As part of our program, volunteers will make new friends and learn new skills while giving back to the community. For more information about volunteer opportunities with JMF and the Natural Areas of Metro Parks, please contact Sherry Wright at 502/380-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals as well as groups are welcome to participate in all project days.We’d like to know we’re expecting you! Please call or send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the link to our project calendar in the yellow box, above right.
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If your group is looking for an inexpensive way to support the community, why not spend a morning volunteering? It’s a wonderful way to connect with one another in the great outdoors while sneaking in little exercise and providing a much needed service. Projects are available for groups of all sizes and generally last three to four hours. Tools, gloves and other supplies are provided; you just bring a desire to help! Example projects include invasive removal, spreading mulch, or weeding landscaping beds.
Trail Team members report trail conditions and perform trail construction and maintenance. Our Trail Team currently patrols and maintains more than sixty miles of trails within the Natural Areas Division of Metro Parks including Jefferson Memorial Forest and Waverly Park.
Other groups whose members are actively supporting trail improvements within the Natural Areas Region include the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KYMBA) and the Kentucky Trail Riders Association (KTRA). KYMBA has proven to be quite a force in helping to develop the trail system in Waverly Park, which is designed to accommodate hikers and mountain bikers. KTRA is in the beginning stage of working to develop a sustainable equestrian/hiking trail system in the Paul Yost section of JMF. At the end of 2008, JMF received a recreational trail grant that will allow us to redevelop the trail systems of both Waverly and Paul Yost. Our trail volunteers are an integral part of the plan to complete new and realigned trails in Waverly and Paul Yost.
Trail Team volunteers receive training in First Aid and CPR as well as trail construction and design, tool usage and other relevant training opportunities.
Our newest volunteer group, the Land Stewards are Botanists-in-Action! These land management specialists maintain the natural beauty of our green spaces, aiding the Natural Areas Land Manager with environmental conservation issues for over 7,000 acres of Metro Parks. Activities include reforestation plantings, erosion control, protection of native flora, invasive plant removal, and other restoration pursuits.
Program Naturalists are those volunteers comfortable leading and teaching others. The training allows volunteers to do everything from leading short hikes, interpreting information about the Forest, handling small education animals , animal care, and working with groups. Program Naturalists receive training in First Aid/CPR, leadership, and additional certifications.Program Naturalists are those volunteers comfortable leading and teaching others.
Volunteer to help out at special events, tours, camps and programs! For more opportunities see the box at top right.
Troop #212 building a new bridge
near Shannon's Pond.
There is a long tradition of scout involvement with the Forest. For twenty-five years, until 1989, the Boy Scouts of America managed the Horine Reservation, at which time it was incorporated into the Forest. Today, boy and girl scouts help the Forest through projects such as: gardening, painting, and constructing benches, bridges and signs.
Boy Scouts, also, are encouraged to pursue their Eagle Scout projects at Jefferson Memorial Forest.
Contact Sherry Wright, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information about Eagle Scout opportunities at 502/380-1753 or e-mail email@example.com.