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Volunteers Make It Happen!


Hopkins Demonstration Forest Volunteers Working
Hopkins Demonstration Forest is a place where people come to learn--it is also a place where people come to work--to learn by doing. Forests Forever, Inc. relies on volunteers to get things done in our forest.

We are proud that many individuals, private businesses and public agencies have come forward to help us carry out our mission of forestry education. In 2009, over 956 volunteers gave more than 3,800 hours of their time to help manage our forest and provide educational programs to our community. We encourage and look forward to this level of support in the coming years.

Volunteer Opportunities

get involved at Hopkins Demonstration ForestThere are a couple of ways to help at Hopkins. One is to attend our monthly Community Forestry Workday and the other is to volunteer individually to help us accomplish some projects around the forest and our facilities.

Come join us on a Community Forestry Workday!

Community Forestry Days are your chance to learn by doing a variety of projects in a sustainably managed woodland - it's sort of like a "dude ranch" in the forest. Volunteers help with tree planting and pruning; reducing fire hazards and controlling invasive weeds; repairing trails and maintaining facilities - projects vary with the seasons.
Volunteer opportunities are open to all adults (individuals and organized groups) and adult-supervised youth. Forests Forever, Inc. encourages civic clubs, church groups, professional organizations and businesses, youth groups, families and individuals to volunteer at Hopkins Demonstration Forest.

Community Forestry Days are planned for the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Please RSVP by the Thursday prior to each Community Forestry Day, whether you plan to join us for all or part of the day. The schedule for Community Forestry Days usually follows this pattern:

  • 8:30 am: Team leaders assemble, volunteers arrive
  • 9:00 am: Volunteer projects begin
  • Noon: Lunch & topical presentation
  • 1:00 pm: Volunteers return to projects
  • 2:00 pm: Tour, 90-minutes
  • 4:30 pm: Thank you. Have a safe drive home.

If the Community Forestry Day schedule does not fit your schedule, special arrangements can be made for group projects at other times and dates: call 503.632.2150.

Volunteer on Your Own Schedule

We have many opportunities for you to help care for our forest and maintain the facilities we have out at Hopkins. We often need help for simple projects like blowing off the driveway and patio to washing the windows in Everett Hall.
We need help to maintain our trails by cutting and pruning back the brush, maintaining our vehicles and equipment, painting and staining our signs and buildings, carpentry projects, cleaning gutters, cutting and stacking firewood and other projects you can do in just a short period of time. We provide all the equipment and supplies for the job.

You decide when you are available to help and how long you can work.

Volunteers are an important asset at Hopkins and allows us to accomplish projects we otherwise would not be able to get done. For more information about volunteering at Hopkins contact:

  • Ken Everett, Executive Director, 503-780-2380
  • Bob Kahl, Facilities Committee, 503-539-6768
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