Double Lake Pavilion, TX 2023
Double Lake Pavilion, TX 2023

Double Lake Pavilion, TX 2023

Double Lake Pavilion, TX 2023

Spring time in Texas… might be a first for HistoriCorps! Come hang out at the Double Lake Pavilion, where there’s plenty of time to work and relax alongside this CCC era project. 

PROJECT PARTNER: Sam Houston National Forest

SESSION DATES: April 16-21, April 23-28, and April 30 – May 5



Project Site Description & History

The Sam Houston National Forest was established in 1936 and is one of the four forest in the state of Texas. In 1960, the Multiple-Use Sustainable Yield Act was established, culminating 30 years of land management practices into written law. The goal was to manage the lands in a way that best suited the people, focusing on preserving nature that would sustain the resources of the forests. Recreation has been a primary factor in how the Sam Houston National Forest has managed these lands, and the pavilion at Double Lake serves as an expert example of how to balance natural resources while supporting the recreation pursuits of the people.

The Double Lake Recreation Area was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 with the intent of providing families with an enjoyable recreation site. The 24-acre lake is surrounded by whispering pines and hardwoods, containing popular trails trails for hikers and mountain bikers, along with plenty of opportunities for fishing and canoeing. Visit the Double Lake Recreation Area’s webpage from the Sam Houston National Forest to learn more and we hope you’ll join us for this incredible project in east Texas.

Due to logistical setbacks, our recruitment timeline is relatively short. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS ASAP! Please reach out to our Workforce Manger Kyle Ward at for any related questions regarding this project!

Location and Logistics

SESSION DATES: April 16-21, April 23-28, and April 30 – May 5

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

LOCATION:  Located roughly an hour north of Houston, TX.

Tents, truck campers, campervans, trailers, and RVs are welcome. Hookups and showers are available! Dogs are welcomed but must be leashed.

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. 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.

Scope of Work


HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and applying the traditional skills necessary to restore the Double Lake Pavilion.

  • Replace the asphalt shingle roof of the pavilion
  • Repair rotting posts of the pavilion
  • Repair handrails of the pavilion
  • Replace rotten boards of bathhouse
  • Prime, paint, and stain exposed wood boards of the bathhouse

Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

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We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer!


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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 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.