SNOWBIRD CHEROKEE COMMUNITY
- Snowbird Senior Citizens Center -(1/2 day project)
- Snowbird Library
- Home Projects – paint a house, build stairs, clean, yard work, wash house siding, etc. for seniors
- Nantahala National Forest – special projects in the National Forest
CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
- Trail maintenance, special projects, creek cleanups
- Remove exotic, invasive plant species, trail maintenance,
HOMESTEADING AT ONCE UPON A TIME
- Gather and split firewood
- Work in the garden (weather permitting)
- Make and can blackberry jam (you get to take a jar home with you)
- Small construction projects – build a fence, build a shed
- Plant trees, trail work, invasive plant removal in Once Upon A Time Nature Preserve
2016 Service Summary
218 students volunteered 37,784 hours in 2016! In the Snowbird Cherokee community students built a fence for an elderly Cherokee lady, cleaned winter storm debris from an historic Cherokee cemetery, cleaned playground facilities at the Child Development Center, mulched the Medicine Trail at Junaluska Museum, built steep mountain hiking trails for a Cherokee elder, and, of course, enjoyed the company of the seniors and played the Fish Game.
Students contributed over 3,000 hours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park pulling invasive plant species (English Ivy and Privet) and cleaned 188 campsites of storm debris. In Cherokee National Forest, students cleaned 88 campsites at Indian Boundary Campground, did a litter cleanup on the approach road to Conasauga Falls and performed campsite maintenance at Dam Creek Campground. It took some engineering skills with ropes and people power to figure out how to pull a sofa, full size bed, and about 40 tires out of steep ravine on the side of a mountain.
Improvements were made to the Once Upon A Time Nature Preserve including extending the Nature Trail up the mountain and building 78 steps, removing more invasive plant species (privet, honeysuckle, multi-flora rose), planting 40 native trees, constructing a rock pool along the creek, and adding an outhouse.
Special projects at Sequoyah Museum included stripping bark off pine logs for construction of Cherokee summer houses, and trail maintenance on the 1 ½ mile Lakeshore Trail, including getting in the creek to remove a huge log jam under one of the bridges.
Learning about life on a rural Appalachian farm, also called “homesteading” saw 32 cedar trees and 38 pine trees pulled out of the woods with ropes to load on a truck to take to the sawmill, eight new benches built at the bonfire area, 400 white pine and shortleaf pine trees planted, a spur trail to Four Mile Creek built off the hiking loop, 108 pounds of strawberries picked and put in the freezer, and harvested potatoes, tomatoes, grapes, sweet potatoes, blackberries, blueberries, okra and cucumber from the garden.