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Drawing Inspiration from the Parks

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

This volunteer opportunity takes place July 4 - 8, 2022, in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Participants will engage in a variety of volunteer service activities such as invasive plant removal, meadow restoration, sequoia monitoring, park clean-ups, or other activities to support the parks. Participants will also hike and learn about nature and the parks' human history. The core of this volunteer experience is a class designed to help you draw, paint, and write about the natural world from direct experience. The class will be conducted by Carly Creley, science educator and visual artist, and Scott Creley, writer and educator. You will be turning volunteer work, hikes, and information about nature, history, and science into emotionally packed-writing and drawing. Participants will donate the rights to use at least one work produced during the week to the National Park Service.

Camping will be in the Wolverton Service Camp which is located at 6,700 feet elevation in a beautiful mixed conifer forest near the Giant Forest. It is a rustic campground for the dedicated use of volunteers and researchers. Campsites are equipped with picnic tables and bear proof food storage lockers. Sanitary facilities consist of porta-potties and hand-washing stations. Potable water is provided via a hose bib. Participants provide their own camping equipment and food. Summer days are warm and comfortable with cool to cold nights. Afternoon showers are common. Location is in prime black bear habitat, so encounters with bears are possible. Public showers and laundry are located nearby in the Lodgepole area. The closest metropolitan areas are Fresno (2.5 hours away) and Visalia (2 hours away).

Volunteer opportunity limited to 15 participants. Federal, state, and local guidelines will determine COVID-19 safety protocols in place at time of workshop.

Start Date - 2022-07-04

End Date - 2022-07-08

Activities include: Botany;Campground Maintenance;Conservation Education;General Assistance;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: Camp Sites

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About National Park Service


1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240, US

Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


The U.S. National Park Service,, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.


Arts & Culture
Sports & Recreation
Arts & Culture, Environment, Sports & Recreation


Sun Jul 03, 2022 - Fri Jul 08, 2022
05:00 PM - 04:59 PM


47050 Generals HighwayThree Rivers, CA 93271



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter


  • People 55+



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