Join the Georgia Conservancy, Keeping it Wild, and REI for a fun-filled weekend of conservation, service work and learning with the National Park Service on Cumberland Island.
Cumberland Island is one of Georgia’s greatest natural treasures and it holds an important place at the Conservancy. In 1972, through the advocacy of the Georgia Conservancy and other conservation-focused organizations and citizens, Cumberland was established as a national seashore, providing for the protection of the island’s upland maritime forests, saltwater marsh and 17 miles of beach.
The preservation of the Cumberland Island National Seashore remains a focus of the Georgia Conservancy. Every year, we take dozens of volunteers to the island to perform service work at Cumberland’s historic structures, remote backcountry trails and deserted beaches. The service work that was performed in 2012 by Conservancy volunteers was some of the best that the island has ever seen!
“The National Park Service is increasingly dependent on volunteer support to accomplish resource protection work,” said Cumberland Island National Seashore Superintendent Fred Boyles. “The Georgia Conservancy work weekend over the MLK Holiday in 2012 was an outstanding success for Cumberland Island National Seashore and the best work weekend in the history of the program.”
This year, groups will assist with park priority projects such as trail work, beach cleanup, and care and maintenance of existing NPS structures. Participants can expect to spend a majority of their time on the island participating in service projects and could be exposed to all types of outdoor conditions, as the event will be held rain or shine.
All participants should expect to walk at least 3.5 miles with a day’s worth of gear.
- $100 for tent campers (Hunt Camp – close to Plum Orchard Mansion)
- $125 per person double occupancy (Volunteer Dorms – close to Dungeness on the island’s south end)
*If you do not have a roommate, we will match you with someone.
- 250 for a family of four camping (Hunt Camp – close to Plum Orchard Mansion)
- $300 for a family of four (Volunteer Dorms – close to Dungeness on the island’s south end)
Costs cover transportation from Atlanta, food and supplies for the weekend. There will be at least one 15-passanger van leaving Atlanta early in the morning on Friday, January 18th.
You can rent sleeping bags and tents from REI's nonprofit gear bank (instructions to follow registration).