Our volunteers have fun, make friends, and make a huge difference. Whether you’re building trails, restoring wildlife habitat, helping with an event, or assisting in the office, we couldn’t do it without you.

There are a number of regular volunteer crews you can join (see descriptions below) or check out upcoming workdays on our calendar. To stay in touch, sign up for our once-a-month volunteer email.  

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There are a wide range of volunteering options, including outdoor volunteer workdays, which are described below. We frequently need volunteers to help with:

  • Trail building and maintenance 
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Special events
  • Tabling and outreach
  • Education
  • Office assistance
  • Litter cleanups
  • Conservation easement monitoring
  • Water quality monitoring
  • And more!

Hours donated by volunteers in 2019

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We’d Love to Hear from You

If you’d like more information, have specialized skills that you’d like to volunteer, want to come out on any of the workdays below, or have any questions, please reach out to us at volunteer@conservingcarolina.org

Volunteer Photo Gallery

  • Volunteer planting
  • Kudzu Warriors volunteers
  • Dog cleaning greenway
  • Highway Cleanup Volunteers
  • Camplify volunteers with kudzu crown
  • Camplify volunteers
  • SOS at river cleanup (2)
  • Baby Bluebirds
  • Volunteers at the end of a workday at Bracken Mountain Preserve
  • Rock Crushers

Volunteer Groups

Join the Kudzu Warriors

The Kudzu Warriors are a group of dedicated volunteers who meet on Mondays from 9:00-11:00AM to eradicate kudzu and other invasive plants at Norman Wilder Forest in Polk County, off 176 between Tryon and Saluda. They’ve made a tremendous impact on this Conserving Carolina-owned nature preserve. Areas that were once a mat of kudzu vines are now lush with native vegetation. But the fight is not over, and we need your help!

Become a Rock Crusher

The Rock Crushers are a regular volunteer crew who meet work weekly workdays on Wednesdays to build and steward Conserving Carolina’s public hiking, biking, and climbing trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge. The Rock Crushers are a close knit group with a lot of energy. They move rocks, sling tools, dig tread, remove vegetation, and more.

Rock Crushers Cathy Cooper and Kim Chao

Tryon Lot Workdays

Every Thursday, 9:00-11:00AM, our volunteers get together at the lot next to the Tryon IGA, clearing invasive species and restoring native habitat. The goal is to clean up this close-to-town property so that it can be used as a recreational area, like a picnic space.

Friday Stewardship Workdays

We hold regular stewardship workdays on Fridays at a range of locations throughout our region, including nature preserves, working farms, and unique Appalachian bogs. At the end of the day, you can look back and see the difference you’ve made to restore vibrant habitats for native plants and wildlife!

Friend of Brevard Area Trails Program

Volunteer with the Friends of Brevard Area Trails! A program of Conserving Carolina, the Friends of BATS enhance local trails, including the Brevard greenways system and Bracken Mountain Preserve. Volunteer opportunities include breaking ground on new trails, maintaining trails, cleaning up litter, and otherwise enhancing trails, greenways, and blueways.

Transylvania French Broad Stewards

A program of Conserving Carolina, the Transylvania French Broad Stewards help keep the river beautiful, healthy, and a vibrant part of our local economy. Volunteer opportunities include paddling sections of the river to monitor and report safety conditions. Volunteers may also take part in river clean-ups, monitor water quality, and help with the annual River Fest in Rosman. All are welcome at this grassroots group’s monthly meetings. Find details here. 

Your Group or Business

Do you have a group that would like to volunteer with Conserving Carolina? We love working with groups. Please contact us at volunteer@conservingcarolina.org.