AHP: Caribou-Targhee National Forest Survey, ID 2022
AHP: Caribou-Targhee National Forest Survey, ID 2022

AHP: Caribou-Targhee National Forest Survey, ID 2022

AHP: Caribou-Targhee National Forest Survey, ID 2022

HistoriCorps’ Architectural History Program has partnered with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to survey the region for historic buildings and provide the Forest with critical data that will determine how these aging properties will be managed for future generations.

PROJECT PARTNER: Caribou-Targhee National Forest

SESSION DATES:  Ashton-Island Park, ID August 22-26 and Palisades, ID August 29 – Sept 2

PROJECT SUPERVISOR: Mardita Murphy

CREW LEADERS: Sarah Mees and Ethan Raath

What You’ll Do

HistoriCorps’ Architectural History Program is an exciting endeavor that engages volunteers in surveying tracts for our National Forest partners. Volunteers will travel to different sites to collect the necessary data that will help the Forests determine how they manage these lands for future generations. You’ll be a mobile workforce traveling from site to site photographing, measuring, and investigating the numerous structures on each tract. We will be walking and standing for the majority of our 8-9 hour days, so please ensure your physical fitness is adequate.

VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION, AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT. HistoriCorps’ AHP team will provide a stupendous campsite, training, all tools and equipment, and project management.

Volunteers should know how to use a digital camera and tablet (e.g. an iPad), be able to stand and walk for several hours per day in varying terrain and weather conditions, and be comfortable car camping.

  • Session 1 at Ashton-Island Park, ID will engage volunteers to survey the Buffalo Summer Homes and Big Springs Summer Homes just outside of the Island Park Ranger Station where we will make camp.
  • Session 2 at Palisades, ID will take place outside of Swan Valley and will cover up to 5 tracts, one being an hour away from the campsite. Volunteers should expect to be on their feet most of the day and come prepared to cover a lot of ground.

Location and Logistics

SESSION 1: Ashton Island-Park, IDAugust 22-26

MAP to CAMPSITE (Island Park Ranger Station, ID)

(Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.)

ACCESS:    Tent camping only  Site is RV/trailer accessible

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers can access this campsite. No hookups will be available. Potable water and vault or portable toilets will be available at the campsite. Water and toilets will likely not be available during survey hours, so please come prepared with extra water and wag bags in case nature calls! Please leave your dogs at home for this one!

SESSION 2: Palisades, IDAugust 29 – September 2

*We will be camping at the Snake River Admin site outside of Swan Valley, ID. Exact location and coordinates will be released closer to the survey start date!*

(Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.)

ACCESS:    Tent camping only  Site is RV/trailer accessible

Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers can access this campsite. No hookups will be available. Potable water and vault or portable toilets will be available at the campsite. Water and toilets will likely not be available during survey hours, so please come prepared with extra water and wag bags in case nature calls! Please leave your dogs at home for this one!

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 40s. Weather conditions may be rainy, cloudy, or sunny. Volunteers are responsible for checking weather conditions before their session begins, and packing appropriately.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work gloves, clothes and boots, and other personal gear.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe.  Read our Covid protocols here (updated August 2022).
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, work gloves, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.org for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, gloves are standard personal protection equipment (PPE) required on all projects. Hard hats must be worn at all times on the project site, unless working in a designated safe space. Field staff will train volunteers on correct use of PPE.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.