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The AHP volunteer opportunities take place on US Forest Service lands in various states.
Rather than working on buildings, small teams of volunteers will help the AHP staff team survey and document historic buildings and structures as part of a long-term historic preservation project. Find our current volunteer opportunities here!
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.
Join HistoriCorps again this fall as we return to continue our preservation work on the New Bern Academy! In spring 2019, volunteers helped rehabilitate some of the building’s failing historic masonry. This October, we’ll enjoy a beautiful fall season while we work on the Academy’s portico, windows, and shutters. According to the Academy’s website, “Originally a school house for both boys and girls, the New Bern Academy served as a hospital in the Civil War and in 1899 became part of the New Bern graded school system which used it for classes until 1971. Today, the Academy building’s original classrooms are home to four permanent exhibits focused on the Civil War, New Bern Architecture, and the history of the building itself. RVs/trailers and tent campers welcome!