Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects, including trail improvement work (shoveling, raking, using a wheelbarrow, etc.), some habitat management (removal of destructive plants) along with occasional general park maintenance. The group will also assist in preparing for and running a weekend park festival. Since volunteers will be working during the festival, we will take a couple days off in the middle of the week to give volunteers get some free time. Much of work will involve some level of hard physical labor. The group will be immersed in a small town in an international group that will work with park staff and other volunteers.
Accommodations will be at the local Trinity church with that will have facilities for cooking. Sleeping will be in two big rooms on rustic “cots.” Showers will be available at a different location. Be sure to bring your mattress pad and sleeping bag!
Be sure to tell the other volunteers if you have any special diet needs.
Location: Montpelier is the capitol of Vermont with a population of 8,500, making it the smallest capitol in the U.S. Montpelier is located in the center of the state and is surrounded by mountains and rural farmland. The city has a variety of coffee shops and restaurants, two movie theaters and a few venues to enjoy live music.
During free time volunteers will have access to local parks and recreation areas. The summer weather is usually good for visiting some wild and beautiful swimming areas. This workcamp is known for hard work and adventurous play since the park staff here enjoys hiking, canoeing, and other activities and is willing to lead the group in those types of activities. There will be time for interaction with the local community so please bring information about your country, hobbies, and life to share.
Montpelier Parks and Trees Department
Our purpose is to maintain and improve Montpelier’s park system to meet the park, trail, and open space needs of the present and future park visitors. Additionally, we work to assure the health of Montpelier’s street trees and remove those that become hazards.
You must send your arrival details to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange to meet you. Please include your arrival information in your confirmation form. Volunteers cannot be accommodated before the start of this project; no early arrivals.
Please arrive to Montpelier, Vermont on the day the project starts.
You should fly into New York City or Boston.
From New York: You can take the Amtrak train or the Greyhound Bus to Montpelier.
From Boston: You can take the Megabus (cheapest if you plan ahead) or Greyhound Bus to Montpelier. It is about a 4 hour trip.
Please see helpful websites below for links to buses and trains.