Volunteer with us

Volunteers give 15,000 hours each year to support education, outreach and stewardship programs. Whether guiding hikes, pulling ivy, greeting visitors, building forts, or leading school field trips, our volunteer community makes Tryon Creek a unique urban forest. 

Friends of Tryon Creek recognizes the diversity of races, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences of our whole community must be represented in our volunteer base in order to welcome and inspire all visitors, and strive to create safe spaces for people of color as well as folks who are LBGTQ, multilingual, first-generation, or from other traditionally marginalized communities to join us in our efforts to reclaim, reconnect, and build authentic relationships with nature.


 
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TRYON VOLUNTEERS

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EducatioN

  • Story and Stroll: Read a story, make a craft and lead a walk with pre-school aged kids.

  • Nature Guide: Lead field trips through the forest for grades K-6.

  • Interpretive Stations: Share information with park visitors through science stations.

  • Discovery Days Assistant: Support open classroom Saturdays by engaging visitors in various science themed activities.

Stewardship

  • Eco Crew: Join us two Saturdays each month from October - June as we remove invasive plants and improve trails. See the schedule and sign up online here.

  • Eco Crew Groups: Have a group of coworkers or students interested in giving back to Tryon? Schedule a group Eco Crew day by filling out the volunteer interest form above.

Outreach

  • Nature Center Volunteer: Welcome visitors, answer questions about the park and oversee the Nature Store.

  • Tryon Ambassador: Welcome all park visitors, share park information and build community from an interactive table out on the trails.

  • Special Events: Work behind the scenes to support set-up, and logistics for events.

Youth Roles

  • Teen Science Educator: Educate and connect visitors through a science station set outside on the trails. Fridays and Saturdays June-August.

  • Counselor: Support the Summer Nature Day Camp staff as they lead hikes, craft projects, songs and storytelling.

  • Eco Crew and Discovery Day Assistant roles are also open for youth volunteers (see above)