HistoriCorps
2024 Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

2024 Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome Volunteers! 

Instructions for Registering For Projects

  • STEP 1: Scroll through our list of projects. Click any of the photos or titles associated with the project to access its page. Read carefully about the dates, location, scope of work, degree of difficulty, vehicle requirements, and camping logistics.

  • STEP 2: If you are interested in volunteering, click the link that says “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!” You will be re-directed to the project’s registration form. (If you are re-directed to a HistoriClub Early Access Page, this means the project is locked until the advanced access window for HistoriClub members is complete. If you would like advanced access to projects you can join HistoriClub.)

  • STEP 3: If you are a new volunteer, please fill out the required information on pages 1 and 2 of the registration form. (This will be standard for every registration form.) Returning volunteers will have the option to update their personal information and project preferences or skip ahead to registering for the project if no changes are desired.

  • STEP 4: Submit the form and look for a confirmation email of your submission. Next, sit tight! We’ll email you if you are accepted to the project! 

  • HAVING DIFFICULTIES REGISTERING?: Contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Crooked River National Grassland in central Oregon is a landscape steeped in both natural beauty and historical significance. Established in 1960, this grassland covers over 100,000 acres and represents a critical part of the region’s ecosystem and cultural heritage. The management of the land shifted in the 20th century, with an emphasis on conservation and sustainable use. The Field Headquarters, located along Route 26 in the Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area between Madras and Prineville in Central Oregon, was developed in the 1930s in relation to grassland road building and homestead demolition after the failure of many of the regions farmers. The complex features a machine shop, barn, and equipment shed, along with a roofed watering stall for livestock.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and trailers up to 25 feet will have access to our campsite. Dogs are welcomed!

The Bunker Hill Lookout is a key historical site within Region 5, symbolizing its expansive fire management efforts during the Great Depression. Constructed as part of a broad administrative and infrastructural campaign, this unique facility was designed by Region 5 architect Kepler Johnson in 1939. Specifically tailored for its location, the lookout features a 20-foot tall stone live-in tower topped with a 14’ x 14’ wooden observation cab, making it the only structure of its kind. The construction began in the same year under the auspices of the Eldorado National Forest, Pacific Ranger District, with significant contributions from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and local fire guards Joseph and Marie Baumann.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and a couple of RV’s/trailers up to 25 feet can access our campground. There are no hookups and showers will not be available. Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed!

The Denver City Park Lily Ponds, an integral part of Denver’s historic City Park, were established in the early 20th century, embodying the era’s commitment to creating naturalistic landscapes in urban settings. Initially designed to enhance the beauty and recreational value of the park, the ponds quickly became a beloved community asset. Over the years, they have seen various changes and improvements, often driven by the efforts of local volunteers and community groups dedicated to preserving and enhancing this natural treasure. These volunteer efforts have been crucial in maintaining the ecological balance of the ponds, ensuring the health of the aquatic plants, and keeping the area welcoming for both residents and wildlife. Volunteer involvement in the City Park Lily Ponds has taken various forms, from hands-on maintenance and planting days to fundraising and advocacy campaigns.

HistoriCorps will provide lodging for this project, but local volunteers are welcome to commute daily. Showers and standard amenities will be available but dogs are not allowed.

The Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns in Idaho are historical structures located in the Leadore area, representing a significant period in the state’s mining history. Built in the late 1880s, these kilns were constructed to produce charcoal to fuel the smelting operations in the nearby mining districts, particularly the Viola and Nicholia districts. The charcoal produced at Birch Creek was essential for the smelting process, which extracted precious metals like lead and silver from ore. This was a time when mining activities were at their peak in Idaho, contributing significantly to the economic development and settlement of the region. Constructed by the Montana Smelting Company, the Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns are an example of the industrial ingenuity of the time. There are originally over sixteen kilns, built from local stone and designed in a beehive shape, which was typical for kilns of that period due to their efficiency in producing high-quality charcoal.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, trailers, and a few RVs 25′ feet and under are welcome. Hookups and showers will not be available. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

If you haven’t noticed by now, HistoriCorps is often associated with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Restoring CCC built structures has been a niche our organization has gladly sought to fulfill and our upcoming project at Camp Rabideau may be one of those crown jewel moments where our non-profit’s mission and the CCC’s heritage intersect to make a legacy defining impact. Camp Rabideau, located inside the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, is an exemplary effort of preservation and curation. Built in the 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp Rabideau is one of hundreds of work camps developed from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal aimed at countering the Great Depression by putting young men to work on public lands projects across the country. The camp itself saw action from 1935 through 1941 and was built from pre-fabricated materials with the intention of being a temporary compound.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, trailers, and RVs are welcome. Hookups are not available, but showers are! Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Bring your kayak if you have one!

Nestled within the rugged expanses of Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest, the Sunlight Ranger Station stands as a poignant historical marker and an emblem of early 20th-century conservation efforts. Constructed in 1934, this ranger station was part of a broader initiative under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, aimed at providing employment through public works projects while also advancing the conservation of America’s natural landscapes. The Sunlight Ranger Station, crafted in the rustic architectural style typical of the era, served as a crucial base for managing the surrounding wilderness and exemplified the early commitment to preserving national forests for future generations.

Access to our campsite is limited to personal vehicles or small campervans. Trailers and RVs cannot be accommodated at this project location. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed and kept under control at all times.

The Shoshone National Forest was originally called the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve when it was set aside in 1891 (under the management of Mr. Anderson). It was the first national forest in the United States. Encompassing approximately 2.4 million acres, the forest consists of a dramatic landscape: from huge swaths of exposed rock, to snow-capped mountains even in July, to expansive meadows and forests. Anderson Lodge is named for its original dweller, the artist, rancher and philanthropist Abraham Archibald Anderson. During America’s Gilded Age in the late 19th century, Mr. Anderson crossed paths with many places and people we know and celebrate today.

Volunteers will be required to tent camp and stage their cars at the trailhead for the duration of the project. Volunteers will need to complete a 7.25 mile hike one-way to the project location with 2,500ft along with the return hike the same distance. There are no restrooms or showers and unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on this project. Pack mules will be used to carry gear to and from the project location.

Established in the early 20th century, Shawnee National Forest became a national forest in the 1930s amid efforts to restore degraded lands. Goose Bay Shelter, developed as part of this initiative, is not only a beloved stop for hikers and explorers in the forest’s diverse ecosystem but a focal point for educational programs and conservation efforts alike. Additionally, the shelter serves as a critical research site for scientists studying the environmental changes and wildlife patterns within the forest. Visitors to the Lake Glendale Recreation Area can engage in various activities such as swimming, kayaking, boating, and bicycling, making it a perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts and volunteers alike. Goose Bay Shelter has been maintained and renovated a handful of times over the past few decades but still has plenty of work to be done to ensure its longevity for generations to come.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and trailers up to 25 feet can access our campground. Hookups and showers are available and dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Bring your kayak or swim trunks!

The Hapgood Pond Pavilions, nestled within the picturesque Green Mountains of Vermont, represent a rich tapestry of recreational history and architectural heritage. This picturesque spot, now a beloved recreational area, owes much of its development to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), who constructed many of the original facilities between 1936 and 1938. Before becoming a recreational haven, the area hosted a sawmill and a schoolhouse in the mid to late 19th century. The CCC’s efforts transformed Hapgood Pond into a destination that reflects the rich history of American conservation and community development during the New Deal era. Over the decades, these structures have served as vital amenities, providing shelter and comfort to families and nature enthusiasts who come to kayak, canoe, camp, fish, swim, and hike in the area.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, trailers, and RV’s up to 25′ are welcome. Showers and restrooms are available. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Bring your Kayak and swim trunks! 

The Hunter Creek Valley is a supremely popular and beautiful hiking area just outside of Aspen. During this HistoriCorps project, volunteers will get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime, all inclusive trip to this internationally-renowned destination while also giving back through preserving the iconic Hunter Creek Roadhouse. According to the Hunter Creek Historical Foundation, “This 60-acre site includes both pre-historic and historic components and has been identified by the Forest Service as officially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Properties. However, a lack of public funding has allowed these structures to deteriorate to a state of near oblivion, and the historic barn on the Adelaide Ranch has already been completely lost.” We hope you will join us for our third season up in the Hunter Creek Valley as we continue our work restoring the formidable Roadhouse.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and small travel trailers no longer that 15 feet will have access to our campground. Because of hairpin turn on the road to our campsite, larger vehicle access is not possible. Showers are not available and dogs are unfortunately not allowed at this project location this season.

In the shadow of our nation’s most controversial memorial, HistoriCorps next project sits humbly beneath the pine forests of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Grizzly Campground Pavilion is a unique stone and log structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and is a prime example of the primitive yet utilitarian shelters constructed in its era. Located along the scenic Iron Mountain Road, a 17-mile stretch of road winding through the Black Hills, participating volunteers will have one heck of an opportunity to mix their preservation efforts with some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and tourist attractions.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs up to 24 feet will have access to our campsite. Showers, restrooms, and cell-service are available. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. According to our partners, volunteers with pet’s must pay a $2 pet fee per night if staying at our campground. *Due to tight, sharp turns, towing vehicles is prohibited in this campground. This includes vehicles pulling trailers and fifth-wheels, motorhomes pulling vehicles, and vehicles pulling pop-up campers.* 

Colorado is known for its picturesque mountain passes, and our next project is set at the fabled Section House located on the expansive Boreas Pass just south of Breckenridge along the Continental Divide. Stationed at a breathtaking 11,500 feet, Section House, along with the historic wagon era Ken’s Cabin, is one of the original stops along the Denver South Park & Pacific narrow gauge railway that ran from Denver to Leadville from the late 1800s into the early 1900s. It was also the highest narrow gauge railroad in the United States at the time, allowing for a boom in commercial mining during the formative years at the turn of the century.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, trailers, and RVs are welcome. 4WD is not mandatory but recommended by our partners. Showers are not available but dogs are welcomed. *This project is located above 11,500 feet and volunteers should come prepared to work at an aggressively high elevation.*

The Blue Bend Pavilion is a CCC era picnicking shelter quietly at home among the canopies of the Monogahela National Forest. Built between 1936-1938, the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed over 20 camping sites complete with tent pads, picnic tables, and parking areas. Included is an elaborate system of retaining walls and stabilized creek banks, two-stoned paved beaches, and a water retention reservoir for recreational swimming. In 2023 HistoriCorps successfully engaged over twenty volunteers with additional help from the Appalachian Conservation Corps to complete over 1,000 hours of work on the structures at the Blue Bend Recreation Area.

Tents, truck-campers, campervans, and small trailers will have access to our campground. RV spaces are not available at this location. Showers will be available and dogs are allowed but must be leashed. and under the owners control at all times.