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Forest Lodge was built in the early 1900s by the Livingston family of St. Paul, MN as a private getaway. The Adirondack-style camp boasts several buildings, many of which are in need of rehabilitation. Each year for the past six, HistoriCorps volunteers have been invited to be a workforce for saving this place. Their hard work has helped ensure it can continue to serve generations to come. Forest Lodge holds a special place in many HistoriCorps volunteers’ hearts. Register today and discover the magic yourself! Tent camping only. Showers available onsite!
A famous pass through the Green Mountains, Smuggler’s Notch is lined with thousand-foot cliffs. Smuggler’s Notch is an attractive state park, but its inviting picnic area firepits are in dire need of repair. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built these fireplaces, and with several decades of wear and tear, they are now in need of rehabilitation so they can once again provide the fires necessary for summertime hot dog and s’more roasting competitions. Campsites provided within the park for tents and small RVs/trailers.
The Alamosa Guard Station was the USFS District Headquarters from 1908-1948. This building was built in the same year the Rio Grande National Forest was established, and unique in that it was constructed prior to the implementation of standardized USFS building designs. This area of Colorado offers an incredible diversity of environments – from the Great Sand Dunes, to barely-hidden alpine lakes, to peaceful Rocky Mountain forests. We’ll be undertaking a complete rehabilitation of the guard station so it can once again be opened for occupancy! Tent campers and small RVs/trailers are welcome at our onsite campground, but there are no hookups.
Mountain lovers rejoice! This riverside building was once home to forest service rangers, but over the years has fallen into disrepair. The Forest Service invited HistoriCorps volunteers to help prepare this guard station for overnight rentals, and we leapt at the chance to work in this gorgeous location on the border of Colorado and Wyoming. The crew will camp onsite and enjoy the Colorado sunshine on the banks of the cool Encampment River. This scope of work runs the gamut, covering the roof, log walls, interior, doors and windows, foundation, and landscaping. Tents and small RVs/trailers welcome.
Some think of the Ohio River Valley as being “the first American West.” Join us on the banks of the Ohio to experience the area that built and connected great nations many centuries before European explorers came, and even today serves as a major trade route. The Landing is a bucolic, 300-acre estate that is preserved as a testament to the importance of agriculture along the Ohio River in the development of our country, and the kitchen (our project site) is accompanied by a garden that still produces period-appropriate vegetables and herbs. We’ll be re-roofing the kitchen with wood shingles, and enjoy watching the Ohio roll by while relaxing in the shade when the day is done! Tent and truck camping strongly preferred; there is space for one small RV/trailer per session.
“What makes this Forest so special? It’s the water…lots of it…draining the high mountains and forming numerous lakes and streams…a fisherman’s paradise in the arid Southwest.” -Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Designed by USFS architects and then constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, the Pinedale Ranger Station is notable for its American Craftsman and Bunglaow style architecture. This significant building has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places. This special, enigmatic region holds incredible history, scenery, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails to enjoy. Join this HistoriCorps project to bring the historic Guard Station back to public service! Tent campers and those with RVs/trailers will have plenty of space at this site, but there are no hookups.
Recently the City & County of Denver, in partnership with Denver Mountain Parks Foundation and other organizations like HistoriCorps, decided the incredible historic & cultural resources contained within the Denver Mountain Parks system were places were worth saving – and in summer 2018, HistoriCorps volunteers embarked on the first of many restoration projects here! In 2019, we will expand our preservation work at O’Fallon Park Chimney and Little Park Wellhouse, two popular day use areas in the foothills of the Rockies, during a prime time of year. RVs/trailers and tent campers are welcome at our campsite, although there are no hookups. There are showers.
The Monongahela National Forest offers scenic expanses, bucolic country roads, excellent streams and rivers, and multiple recreation areas to camp and picnic in. Established in 1920, the legacy of the CCC is strong in this forest – and it remains one of the most ecologically diverse in the country. HistoriCorps has enjoyed working with “the Mon” for years, often engaging members of the forest’s awarded Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) AmeriCorps team to save places that matter, for pubic benefit. This summer, we’re inviting volunteers to join the AFHA members to save the Lake Sherwood picnic shelter! Tent camping is complimentary; RV sites may be privately reserved.
The Mt. Evans Outdoor Laboratory School is located at the historic Dodge Ranch, ten miles southwest of Evergreen, Colorado. It has been designated by the National Park Service as a National Education Landmark. The property evolved from a homestead, into an elegant summer home, and later into a tourist-oriented ranch. After its sale in 1961 to the Jefferson County School District, it was converted to an outdoor education facility. Today, the school serves sixth-graders throughout the entire Jefferson County system. Every school in the District sends its sixth-graders for one week during the school year. The students, and their teachers, live on-site for a week, participating in a curriculum of environmental studies, ecology, wildlife, geology, history and astronomy. Indoor lodging provided! Tent campers and RVs/trailers are also welcome.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is rarity in abundance: active volcanoes, strange and magnificent hydrothermals, and an historic fire lookout still in use today. The park amazes and perplexes visitors with its incredible array of geologic and other and environmental features. The park’s jagged, seemingly unsteady landscape is formed entirely by volcanic eruptions. This project’s made for the adventurous preservationists among us! The Harkness Peak fire lookout is located just inside a designated wilderness. As power tools, and other modern inventions are not permitted within wildernesses, we’ll undertake this scope of work using traditional tools and methods. Volunteers will enjoy a challenging 1.5-mile hike up to the lookout daily, and we’ll camp just outside the wilderness boundary. Tent camping only; showers available.
Replete with stunning geologic features, the rich mining resources near North Bloomfield gave rise to the world’s largest hydraulic mining operations. Hydraulic mining used water cannons to wash away hillsides to expose the riches hidden within. Once an incredible example of man’s ability to affect the environment, this site is today a State Historic Park that offers clean air and beautiful scenery. North Bloomfield is preserved as a ghost town where interpreters share the story of the mining town’s history with visitors – and even today, visitors can pan for gold! This fall, HistoriCorps volunteers are invited to return to North Bloomfield’s iconic schoolhouse to continue the great preservation work started in 2018. We’ll camp right in the park! Small RVs/trailers and tents welcome.
Horsetooth Mountain Park is a stupendous and well-loved public resource less than 30 minutes from the college town of Fort Collins, CO. This park was owned by the Soderberg family until its sale to Larimer County in the mid-1980s. The Soderberg homestead, our project site, is in a prominent location near the reservoir. Lucky for us, this project is timed perfectly with the seasonal “turning” of the aspen trees! Larimer County Natural Resources shares, “In the early 1980’s, the Soderbergs tried to sell the ranch to State Parks; however the State declined… To protect the ranch from development, citizens passed an initiative for a 6-month sales tax to purchase a large portion (2,027 acres) of the Soderberg Homestead as a county park… In 1998, Larimer County Parks and Open Lands Department, through the existing Help Preserve Open Spaces Sales Tax, purchased the remaining 101.5-acre portion of the Soderberg Ranch.” We’ll work on multiple log and stone buildings here. RVs/trailers and tent campers welcome at our lakeside campsites; electric hookups provided!
Perched on a prominence 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this shelter’s location will thrill and inspire volunteers. The Siuslaw National Forest writes, “The Cape Perpetua Headland is the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast. On clear days, views extend 37 miles out to sea, and along 70 miles of coastline. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, encompassing 2,700 acres of coastal habitat, was set aside for unique ecological characteristics found where the temperate spruce rainforest transitions to the sea. Early explorer Captain James Cook first observed the headland in 1778 and named it after Saint Perpetua. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Cape Perpetua became a base camp for young men to learn skills. Many of the campgrounds, trails, and plantings you see are the work of the CCC.” Join us to restore the stone West Shelter this September! Campsite best suited for tent campers; email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about RV/trailer accessibility.