White Rock Shelter, AR 2022
White Rock Shelter, AR 2022

White Rock Shelter, AR 2022

White Rock Shelter, AR 2022

Looking for an under-the-radar adventure? Join us in the Ozarks this spring!

PROJECT PARTNEROzark- St Francis National Forests

SESSION DATES:  May 1-6 and May 8-13

PROJECT LEADERS:  Scot and Jeremy Bowers are Project Supervisors; Crew Leader is TBA

Project Site Description & History

The Osage and Caddo Nations are the traditional stewards of White Rock Mountain and the surrounding areas. Volunteers on this project will enjoy incredible views while preserving this CCC-constructed shelter. According to our partner on the Ozark National Forest, “Step into the past by visiting the three natural stone cabins and the lodge on White Rock Mountain built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the CCC during the Great Depression. Wind, rain, and natural elements caused the deterioration of the buildings over the years. In 1987 a volunteer group, Friends of White Rock, began a project to renovate the structures. With a lot of hard work, the cabins and lodge were restored in 1991. Visitors to White Rock Mountain enjoy scenic views from the cabins. White Rock Mountain is 2,260 feet above sea level and received its name from the appearance of the lichen on the sheer bluffs that look white from a distance. High bluffs surround this area. Please use caution while along the bluff line, especially with small children. White Rock Mountain is the hub of several trail systems. It offers a 13.4-mile loop trail south to Shores Lake and returns to intersect with the Ozark Highlands Trail. Around the rim of the mountaintop is a 1.5-mile loop trail. 3 rental cabins and a lodge. All three feature stone fireplaces and original furniture. The lodge can accommodate up to 30 people a night and is accessible to the physically challenged. The cabins can be rented year-round. Eight family camping units with tent pads and fire pits and one group site that will accommodate up to ten guests, and in addition, there are eight family picnicking units.” Learn more here.

Scope of Work

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: 

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 will learn the skills necessary to restore the west shelter on White Rock Mountain. Volunteers should anticipate walking and carrying materials to the site, including working together to move heavy logs safely. We promise the views will be worth it!

  • Reconstruct CCC style overlook shelter
  • Log work (lifting, shaping, installation) 70%
  • Install new composite shake roof 20%
  • Painting/staining 10%

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.

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.

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Location and Logistics

SESSION DATES: May 1-6, and May 8-13. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

LOCATION:  We will camp right onsite! Camping on an overlook will offer spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

ACCESS:    Tent camping only  showers available

Tents, truck campers, and campervans can access our onsite campground. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers are available at Shores Lake Campground, about 25 minutes away (more info). There will be restrooms onsite.

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s. 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.

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. All volunteers will be required to affirm that they will be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus by the time their project begins. Read our Covid protocols here (updated October 2021).
  • 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.