Big South Fork Volunteer Day

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The Problem

Big South Fork NRRA, like many of our national parks, is facing a tremendous budget shortfall. This day of volunteering in the park will provide much-needed support to the park. This event, sponsored by CHS SPEAK (Cookeville High School Students Promoting Environmental Action and Knowledge), will bring together concerned citizens from all across Tennessee and Kentucky. Please join us for this historic day of giving back to our park. Volunteers should arrive at their designated work location between 9:30am and 10am Eastern Time. For groups traveling from points east, the park is 40 miles west of Interstate 75 exit 141 (Tennessee Highway 63 & US Highway 27). Distance from Knoxville is about 80 miles. For groups traveling from points west, the park is about 45 miles north of Interstate 40 exit 117 (US Highway 127). Volunteers will be split into groups of not more than ten students, each with at least one National Park Service ranger acting as a group leader and supervisor . If sponsorship can be found, CHS SPEAK will provide lunch, dinner and t-shirts for all volunteers. If no donor is found, volunteers will be asked to provide their own food and water. Middle school students will be doing light maintenance such as litter pick-up, trail cleaning, etc. High schools, collegiate groups, and members of the public can expect to rebuild eroded trails, resurface campground sites, and do other such work. Tools will be provided. You will receive details on work assignments after you RSVP and provide us with an approximate head count. Register by emailing or by leaving a comment at For more information on Big South Fork, log onto

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