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Fayetteville Spring Volunteer Opportunities

 

City of Fayetteville Volunteer Calendar

 

Ongoing Cleanup and Restoration Opportunities:  One-time and Adopt a Park, Trail, Creek or Street (City of Fayetteville)  kjones@fayetteville-ar.gov   https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/162/Adopt-a-Park-Adopt-a-Trail

We are always looking for help with self-guided cleanups of Fayetteville’s outdoor spaces.  If you are interested in doing a one-time cleanup or learning more about adopting a park, trail, water body or street, please let us know; we are happy to set you and your group up with supplies and a location.  Fayetteville’s outdoor spaces are big and beautiful and we need your help keep us green, healthy and clean! 

 

 Kessler Trail Love (Hosted by Ozark Off Road Cyclists)  FB Event Listing  oorc.club@gmail.com  

Multiple Dates: March 27, April 10,  8 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Kessler Mountain Regional Park, 2600 W Judge Cummings Road.  Park/Check-in at the westernmost parking lot by the baseball fields.

OORC has been in the community working with volunteers to build, maintain and improve trails in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas for many years, including at Kessler Mountain where they host dozens of workdays every year!  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves, snacks and hydration. The OORC will provide the tools and education.

 

Woolsey Farmstead Invasive Plant Pull  (Hosted by Jacobs and the City of Fayetteville)  Event Link  jscott@fayetteville-ar.gov

Wednesday, March 30, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  535 S. Broyles Avenue, Fayetteville, AR. 72704

This event will be focused on removing invasives from a culturally and ecologically significant area in west Fayetteville.  The Woolsey family settled this site in the 1830’s and built a home here in 1842 which is undergoing restoration.  The Farmstead adjoins the beautiful 44 acre Woolsey Wet Prairie, a wetland mitigation site that is a favorite to plant and bird enthusiasts, and that was restored during the construction of the West Side Wastewater Treatment Facility.   This is a great chance to see restoration efforts in process while contributing to the health of the ecosystem by removing unwanted invasives.  Gloves, tools, water, and hands-on training will be provided; sturdy closed-toe footwear required.

 

Kessler Mountain Invasive Plant Removal & Tree Planting Event (Hosted by Beaver Watershed Alliance)  https://www.beaverwatershedalliance.org/events/  nate@beaverwatershedalliance.org

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.    Kessler Mountain Regional Park, 2600 W Judge Cummings Road.  Follow signage to event site; located at the parking lot by the southeast corner of the soccer fields.

Help us improve habitat on Kessler Mountain.  We have been clearing invasive bush honeysuckle around the Saddle Up Trailhead give native plants a chance to reestablish, while also enhancing the scenic views along Ground Cherry Creek.  For this event we will be planting back native vegetation in areas that have been cleared, while continuing to remove unwanted invasives.  This workday is a great opportunity to help steward Fayetteville's largest public natural area while learning about native and invasive plants.  Tools and training, water and snacks will be provided. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. 

 

Clarence Craft Park Arbor Day Celebration & Invasive Plant Removal (Hosted by the Fayetteville Urban Forestry Advisory Board) Facebook Event Link    jscott@fayetteville-ar.org

Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Clarence Craft Park 1650 N. Jordan Lane, Fayetteville AR 

Please join UFAB for their fifth annual invasive pull at Clarence Craft Park where the focus will be on maintaining a healthy understory in this quaint neighborhood park.  Volunteers will gain instruction on non-native invasive plant identification and removal techniques, and will help to remove bush honeysuckle and Chinese privet from the areas surrounding the pond.  Water and tools will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to wear protective clothing and must wear closed-toe sturdy shoes.   

 

Annual Lake Fayetteville & Illinois River Spring Cleanup (Hosted by Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership and Illinois River Watershed Partnership)  RSVP @https://www.irwp.org/events/3rd-annual-illinois-river-cleanup       parksvolunteer@fayetteville-ar.gov

Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Fayetteville Check- in: Headquarters- Lake Fayetteville Environmental Study Center, 599 E Lakeview Dr.    
Did you know that Lake Fayetteville is part of the Illinois River Watershed? The Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership has teamed up with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership to assist with a regional cleanup effort across the watershed, and we invite you to join us for a fun day of stewardship!  For the Lake Fayetteville Cleanup, volunteers will pick up litter along streets and trails around the lake, with emphasis on cleaning along the water’s edge, so please wear shoes that can get muddy. The marina will provide a limited number of kayaks to volunteers free of charge; personal watercraft are also encouraged!  Parking is limited so please carpool if you can. Water, gloves and cleanup supplies provided.  IRWP will be hosting 
lunch and prizes for all volunteers from 1-3 at Gypsy Camp & Canoe in Siloam Springs after the event!

 

Fayetteville Public Schools Earth Day Cleanup & Scavenger Hunt (Hosted by Fayetteville Public Schools and City of Fayetteville)  emma.armendariz@g.fayar.net  

Monday, April 18, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.   Lake Fayetteville Dam Parking Lot (by softball complex)  1201 Lake Fayetteville Rd, Springdale, AR 72764
Fayetteville Public Schools is hosting Earth Day activities all week long and invites you out to a family-friendly cleanup of the western portions of Lake Fayetteville.  Activities include a scavenger hunt, and Fayetteville Recycling and Trash will be on hand with Earth Day t-shirts for all participants.  To help out or learn more please contact emma.armendariz@g.fayar.net.

Citywide Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration! (Hosted by the City of Fayetteville, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Beaver Watershed Alliance and Washington County Extension Agency)  Facebook Event Link 
Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Marion Orton Recycling Center (735 W. North St.) Parking is available across North street at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, but in the spirit of Earth Day we encourage you to bike or carpool if possible.
Join us at the Marion Orton Recycling Center for the Mayor's Earth Day Proclamation, followed by a family-friendly city-wide cleanup of our parks, lakes, streams, trails and streets!  If you have a special spot you’ve been wanting to steward, now is your chance!  We’ll kick things off with snacks and coffee, then volunteers will be given supplies and a cleanup destination; t-shirts and Recycle Something gear will be given out at the end of the event.  This cleanup is rain or shine, but may be delayed in the case of a downpour or thunder and lightning.  

Creek Cleanup Volunteers Needed

  • The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is looking for volunteers to help clean up Hamestring Creek during the Earth Day festivities.  For the check-in location and to help out with this effort please contact director@irwp.org or call 479.422.5676
  • The Beaver Watershed Alliance will be hosting a cleanup at Town Branch Creek and is looking for volunteers.  Please contact abby@beaverwatershedalliance.org to assist with their cleanup efforts this day. 

 

Sapling Giveaway at the BGO Earth Day Festival  (Event hosted by the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, trees provided by City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry)  https://www.bgozarks.org/earth-day-festival/  jscott@fayetteville-ar.gov

Sunday, April 24 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks,  4703 N. Crossover Rd.,  Fayetteville, AR 72764

Make a difference this Earth Day by planting a native in your own back yard!   City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry will be giving away 1 native seedling to visitors on Sunday, April 24th, during the Botanical Garden of Ozarks annual Earth Day Festival. The 100 seedlings consist of Arrowood Viburnum, Bur Oak, Bald Cypress, and Buttonbush and will be available while supplies last.

 

Gregory Park Invasive Plant Removal (Hosted by OORC and Rotary Club of Fayetteville) oorc.club@gmail.com  
Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Gregory Park, 69 E. Sycamore Street, Fayetteville, AR 72703

Join in the effort to remove invasive honeysuckle, privet and other invasive non-natives.  This work will help to keep the understory clear so that native plants in the seedbank will have the space and sunlight needed to re-emerge.  We never know what native species will pop up once the invasives are removed!  Protective long-sleeve clothing recommended, closed-toe shoes required.  Please contact Rob at oorc.club@gmail.com for more info. 

 

Invasive Plant Pull, Mt. Sequoyah Woods (Hosted by the Beaver Watershed Alliance & City of Fayetteville) https://www.beaverwatershedalliance.org/events/  nate@beaverwatershedalliance.org

Multiple dates: April 29, May 6,  3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at 5 S Happy Hollow Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72701

“Help make a difference in the Beaver Lake Watershed, improving and protecting our most precious natural resource -water! If you want to lend a hand, your help is needed at Mt. Sequoyah Woods, a 97-acre open greenspace in south Fayetteville. Mt. Sequoyah Woods is part of a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation project to promote a healthy ecosystem and wildlife in urban forests. We'll be removing the highly invasive Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera mackii) and Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) to promote native plants for wildlife habitat. We'll meet at the Mt. Sequoyah Woods trailhead, located at 5 S Happy Hollow Rd, Fayetteville, AR.  Gloves, tools, water, and hands-on training will be provided. Weather appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear recommended.”

 

Downtown Cigarette Butt & Litter Cleanup  (Hosted by the City of Fayetteville and UA Cooperative Extension Service’s “Know the Flow” Stormwater Education Program)  RSVP @parksvolunteer@fayetteville-ar.gov

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Spring Street Parking Deck,  434 W. Spring Street Fayetteville, AR 72701

Come help us clean up Downtown Fayetteville!  Volunteers will help prevent stream pollution by cleaning up cigarette butts and other trash on the sidewalks, curbs and in the landscape beds on Dickson, West Ave, Block Ave and the Downtown Square.  You will learn how cigarette butts impact the environment, and your help will prevent this litter from washing into our downtown storm drains (which flow into Fayetteville's network of streams and eventually to the region's primary sources of drinking water!)  We will be sending all cigarette butts collected to TerraCycle, a company that recycles plastics into new usable products.  Volunteers will receive a downtown cleanup location and be given supplies, including litter grabbers, gloves and bags.  We will also have some awesome car litter bags from the Washington County Extension Office for our volunteers!

Race Series Events:  Fayetteville Parks and Recreation is always looking for volunteers to help with the Race Series Events throughout the year, including the Square to Square Bicycle Ride, coming up on May 7, and the Ladies Du Fayetteville on June 11.  If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact thoover@fayetteville-ar.gov.  

 

Annual West Fork of the White River Cleanup (Hosted by the Beaver Watershed Alliance & Community Partners)  https://www.beaverwatershedalliance.org/events/    abby@beaverwatershedalliance.org

Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Check-in location to be determined by April.

The Beaver Watershed Alliance will host the West Fork – White River Cleanup on Saturday, May 21. Volunteers will help remove litter and bulky waste in the West Fork watershed, sub-watershed of Beaver Lake. All supplies and materials will be provided.  Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and protective clothing; hip-waders and muck boots encouraged.  Lunch and Door Prizes will be provided.   

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