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Come volunteer with the Friends of Pocahontas, 501c3!

We have lots of opportunities for citizens at Virginia's largest state park. Are you retired and looking for a way to say physically and mentally strong? Are you new to Chesterfield County and looking for a way to meet people and grow your volunteer ability? Do you want to be a leader and would like to get experience on a board of a non-profit?

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Woodsplitting

Pocahontas State Park

Keeping park campers supplied with lots of split firewood not only protects the park from invasive pests but also generates thousands of dollars which can be reinvested in the park. No experience required!! Plus all of the hours accumulate toward free park passes and other rewards. We use hydraulic splitters so no axe work is involved. While splitter operation is reserved for older volunteers, stacking split wood is an ideal family / student activity involving anyone aged 10 and up. It is also a great way to accumulate service hours for middle and high-schoolers because a single session can garner 4 or more service hours. We have three wood splitters so no tools are required. Also, please remember to wear good shoes / boots, long pants and gloves if you have them (we'll have some too). And remember that you don't pay access or parking fees when you're volunteering. Just let the folks at the gate know that you're here to split wood and head on down to the woodshed. See you there!

Thursday Morning Wood Stocking

Pocahontas State Park

Every Thursday we stock the campground with fresh firewood. If we have extra time we may split some too! Keeping the parks campers supplied with lots of split firewood not only protects the park from invasive pests but also generates thousands of dollars which can be reinvested in the park. No experience required!! Plus all of the hours accumulate toward free park passes and other rewards. It's a fun job with great people and great socializing. We use hydraulic splitters so no axe work is involved. While splitter operation is reserved for older volunteers, stacking split wood is an ideal family / student activity involving anyone aged 10 and up. It is also a great way to accumulate service hours for middle and high-schoolers because a single session can garner 4 or more service hours. We have three wood splitters so no tools are required. Also, please remember to wear good shoes / boots, long pants and gloves if you have them (we'll have some too). And remember that you don't pay access or parking fees when you're volunteering. Just let the folks at the gate know that you're here to split wood and head on down to the woodshed. See you there!

Boundary Marking

Cole Forest Trail Parking

Hello there volunteers! Do you like walking off trail in the woods? How about bushwhacking through the forest? How about painting and playing where's Waldo? If you said yes to all three of the above, then boundary marking is for you! Pocahontas State Park has almost 8, 000 acres of land, and miles of property line to keep marked and well defined. The last time some of our boundaries were marked was over 15 years ago, so we have some catching up to do! Using GPS, Maps, and compass's, this introduction and hands on learning session will have us learn what is boundary marking, why is it important, what are the rules, and then we'll get hands on a dirty as we go out and paint some lines on our trees! Bring: Cloths to get dirty and painted, reusable water bottle with a mouth piece cover (paint does NOT taste good), snacks, WEATHER and FOREST APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, we recommend long sleeves and long pants to fight off bugs and briars. Feel free to bring your own painting gloves. We will not be near any bathrooms nor water sources after we leave the maintenance yard. Park will provide: brushes and paint, metal signs, nails and hammer, safety equipment: googles, gloves, orange blaze vest Parking: We will be parking at Dance Forest Trail South Parking Lot off of Woodpecker Road. Please park as tight as possible. We will then walk over to the eastern most edge of the boundary and then into the woods/ This is a limited event due to parking, sign up as soon as possible. If you sign up and cannot make it, please contact Andi immediately to let her know if you cannot make it so she may open the position to another volunteer. If you would like to bring children please contact Andi directly so the boundary marking area can be appropriate for the age of the youth - not all areas are child friendly IE road side marking. Office:[masked] • What to bring Bring: Cloths to get dirty and painted, reusable water bottle with a mouth piece cover (paint does NOT taste good), snacks, weather appropriate clothing. Feel free to bring your own gloves. We will not be near any bathrooms nor water sources • Important to know If you would like to bring children please contact Andi directly so the boundary marking area can be appropriate for the age of the youth - not all areas are child friendly IE road side marking.

Thursday Morning Wood Stocking

Pocahontas State Park

Every Thursday we stock the campground with fresh firewood. If we have extra time we may split some too! Keeping the parks campers supplied with lots of split firewood not only protects the park from invasive pests but also generates thousands of dollars which can be reinvested in the park. No experience required!! Plus all of the hours accumulate toward free park passes and other rewards. It's a fun job with great people and great socializing. We use hydraulic splitters so no axe work is involved. While splitter operation is reserved for older volunteers, stacking split wood is an ideal family / student activity involving anyone aged 10 and up. It is also a great way to accumulate service hours for middle and high-schoolers because a single session can garner 4 or more service hours. We have three wood splitters so no tools are required. Also, please remember to wear good shoes / boots, long pants and gloves if you have them (we'll have some too). And remember that you don't pay access or parking fees when you're volunteering. Just let the folks at the gate know that you're here to split wood and head on down to the woodshed. See you there!

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Thursday Morning Wood Stocking

Pocahontas State Park

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