Bowerman Barn, CA

Bowerman Barn, CA

One Session, October 6-11, in Northern California

PROJECT PARTNER: Shasta-Trinity National Forest


If you think this project looks familiar, you're right! HistoriCorps volunteers planned to work on Bowerman Barn in early June of 2017,

A perfectly blue arm of the sprawling Trinity Lake

but endangered Townsend bats took up residence for their maternity period just before the project was slated to start. We worked fast with our project partners in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to get our volunteers on another needy project (the Hirz Lookout). Now that the bats (and their babies!) have moved on, we're once again excited to accept registrations for this project.

Located amid the stunning and diverse beauty of northern California lies the eye-catching Bowerman Barn. Constructed by hand in 1878 by Mr. Jacob Bowerman, it served as part of the Bowerman ranch, which in turn served as an important business within the regional economy and along the main stagecoach route between Oregon and California. The barn remained in use until the US Forest Service purchased the property in 1974. Seven years later it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Still standing at 138 years old, dry rot is impairing the barn’s roof timbers. You can learn more about the Bowerman Barn from the US Forest Service here, or visit

Help us save this stupendous barn, and learn about timber framing in the process! Bring your cameras - the scenery is going to be jaw-dropping!

WHO: All are welcome, no experience needed. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them. Children younger than 14 are not permitted on HistoriCorps projects with rare exceptions.

CHALLENGE LEVEL: MEDIUM. Volunteers on this project should not fear heights. 

HistoriCorps Institute: Students interested in earning the Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction through participating on this project for one or more sessions should contact Jamie Tobias,

WHAT: Volunteers will work with field staff to learn the preservation techniques necessary to:

  • Repair dry-rotted timber in the barn’s roof
  • Learn or deepen their expertise with timber framing

WHERE: This site is about 90 minutes from Redding, CA. We'll be camping at nearby Preacher Meadow Campground.

  • GPS Coordinates: 40.8999937, -122.7676694
  • Here is a Google map to Bowerman Barn.

  • Please visit our Volunteer Information and FAQs page for general information.
  • Plan to arrive between 5pm & 7pm on October 6. HistoriCorps will not provide dinner this first night. The first meal will be breakfast, on October 7; the last will be lunch on October 11.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with campsites at nearby Preacher Meadow Campground.
  • Volunteers are required to bring their own camping gear including tent and sleeping bag.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the campsite and project site (it's close).
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
  • Given the rural nature of this site, cell phone coverage is nonexistent to ocassionally spotty.

You will know if you have successfully registered if you receive an auto-generated email and/or a HistoriCorps staff member greets you. The majority of our communications with you will be via email, so please do check your spam/junk folders to make sure you're getting information from us!

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Rice, Volunteer Manager, at or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

  • Session 1
    October 6, 2017 - October 11, 2017
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