COME, BE A PART OF VOLUNTEERS OF THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST
Have you enjoyed a picnic at Jackson Lake or Grassy Hollow picnic areas? Hiked the PCT from Inspiration Point or Vincent Gap? Camped at Blue Ridge or Peavine Campgrounds? Had a grandchild meet Smokey at his birthday party? Ridden your bike down the Leprechaun Trail Loop? Wouldn’t you like to enable others to have those experiences, too?
Saturdays, Sundays, and some holidays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Volunteers of the National Forest (VANF) staff Big Pines Visitor Center. While answering questions about hiking and camping, and selling Adventure Passes, they invite visitors to enjoy their historic building including displays of local animals and birds, maps, and pictures of the area. Some members help with program activities and/or the “school” program which facilitates educational visits and programs for schools, camps, and other youth groups. Yearly, thousands have been served and had a more qualitative and enjoyable forest experience because of these volunteers.
Not surprisingly, volunteer manpower waxes and wanes. Currently, we are in need, and would appreciate dearly, new volunteers. Could you be one?
If you are an outdoors person or know a lot about our area, great! But if you don’t, no problem; many volunteers have joined in order to learn more about the forest. Volunteers receive initial and ongoing training while working together.
You may choose to work with the school program or man the center, or do both! If you choose to work at the center, you are committing to only one weekend day a month. If you choose to work with the schools program, you can determine your work schedule. We also have a monthly meeting at 7pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month in Wrightwood.
We welcome volunteers of all ages – just as long as you are at least 18 years old.
If you would like to join our team or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . (Note: This is currently the VANF email address although we are now working out of Big Pines Visitor Center.)