Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed

Included below are upcoming volunteer opportunities with our sponsoring agencies and other organizations that may be of interest to our members.

These may be both short- and long-term volunteer opportunities and may require training to participate.


Friends of Pocahontas
Volunteer opportunities with FoPSP are posted on Meetup.com.  You can find specific information for each event, RSVP, and view the calendar of events. Weekly opportunities include:

  • Invasive Plant Control:  Help remove invasive plants at this weekly session. Infomation is on Meetup.
  • Adopt-a-Highway Litter Pickup:  Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Meet at Horner Forest Trail parking lot on Qualla Rd. Bring your own gloves. Bags and safety vests are provided.
  • Firewood Stocking: Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. (Contact FsPSP for meeting location.)

Visitor Center Volunteers

Pocahontas State Park
Contact the park office at (804) 796-4255 or Kevin Faubion
Director of Rockwood Nature Center,
by email or call (804) 745-8360.

Notes from Nature
This is a year-round, web-based citizen science project!

Participants will transcribe label information from high-resolution images of herbarium specimens using an online interface at NotesfromNature.org. The herbarium specimens are from Virginia and include both native and non-native species.

Complete the Continuing Education Webinar training, Digitizing Virginia’s Herbaria for Research and Education (14 October 2016). Instructional documents are provided as part of the online training.

Record volunteer hours in the VMS project: Notes from Nature: Plants of Virginia 

Check the VMS Calendar for Upcoming
Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have some free time this week and would like to earn a few volunteer hours? Check the Calendar of Events on the Volunteer Management System.

New and ongoing volunteer opportunities are updated regularly.

You'd Be Nuts to Miss the GBBC! 

Mark your calendars for the 22nd Great Backyard Bird Count, coming up February 15-18, 2019.

From the Great Backyard Bird Count team at Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Pocahontas Chapter Projects
Follow the links for each project below to learn more and contact the project leader.

The grand opening of the new hiking trails has been scheduled (at this time) for December 11 and there is a lot to do to make the trails pristine before the event.  Three maintenance days have been scheduled:  

Dates:  Sunday, November 25;  Sunday, December 2 & Sunday, December 9

Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm

Location:  Pocahontas State Park – Meet at Boat Ramp Parking

Wear substantial shoes or boots, long pants, dress for the weather (it could be cold!) and bring gloves.  Since our time is over lunch, pack a lunch/snack and be sure to bring plenty to drink.

Please register on the Volunteer Management System Event Calendar, or email Lori Ando at  [email protected].  Space is limited.  Sign up for one or ALL THREE!!

Remember that you can add your driving time to any volunteer hours that you log. Please note this is for Volunteer hours ONLY, NOT Continuing Ed hours. The mileage box is still available as some folks use that to keep track of miles driven for their personal records.  Please feel free to contact Sue Tait, or Blair Blanchette, Membership coordinators, if you have any questions.