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Alabama's State Parks Need You!

Be a Alabama State Park Volunteer!

DeSoto State Park invites you to become an
Alabama State Park
VIP
(Volunteers in Parks)

                  

There are three ways you can show your support for DeSoto State Park:
1. Become a part-time volunteer in one of our facilities such as the Lodge or Country Store.
2. Serve as a Camp Host in the Improved Campground.
3. Work on a special project.

PART-TIME VOLUNTEERS (Scheduled around your time)
Part-time volunteers work in one of our facilities assisting our staff.  Tasks may include: providing information and directions, taking campground & lodging reservations, answering the phone, collecting fees, helping with events, nature program & hikes, trail maintenance, landscaping duties, or light housekeeping.
 
CAMP HOSTS (One Month at a time)
Volunteer Camp Hosts act as our Campground Ambassadors.  Some duties include: campground occupancy checks, light maintenance, helping with events & nature programs, or providing information & directions.
 
SPECIAL PROJECTS (Scheduled Around Your Time)
DeSoto State Park has over 25 miles of trails.  Year-round maintenance is necessary to keep the trails in good condition.  Some projects may include:  keeping trails marked & legible, clearing new trails, repairing footbridges, erosion control, or brush trimming. Other projects could involve carpendry and other special skills to help make DeSoto State Park the best it can be.

Special Discounts Available to VIP Participants

To sign up or for more information: 
please email us at DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov
or give us a call at 256-997-5025

Get started by downloading an application:
PDF Volunteer Application
MS Word Volunteer Application
*Please indicate which project you are interested in, on another sheet if needed.

To mail application, address to:
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE-Fort Payne, AL. 35967 Attention to: Brittney Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator

 

Some of our Volunteers in Action!
     
  May 2014: Alabama State Park volunteers Cy Thomas and Dennis Traylor build a new bulletin board for the DeSoto State Park Interpretive Fire Ring in the improved campground.
     
  Joey Haymon (on right), Ag Science teacher at Sylvania High School stands with his students as they present a newly constructed trail drag to DeSoto State Park.  Mr. Haymon and students built the trail drag in class with materials donated by Nucor.  The trail drag will be used to improve new and old hiking and biking trail at DeSoto State Park.
     
  February 6, 2013, Fort Payne High School Ag Science class begins work on an open backcountry shelter, located at the Quarry Backcountry Campsite.
     
Master Gardeners Planting Native Plant Area   Master Gardeners Planting Native Plant Area
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

DeSoto State Park would like to thank all of our supporters.

Without you, we don't prosper!
 

   

Alabama State Parks operates and maintains 22 State Parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other partners like communities to fund the majority of their operations.

Alabama State Parks have endured adverse situations over the past few years and we are proud to have our visitors and supporters that have helped us meet those challenges head on. Alabama State Parks offer ideal places to stay: resorts, hotels, cabins and cottages, camping; and fun places to play: hiking, biking, golf, fishing, paddling, swimming, birding and wildlife viewing or just relaxing. See www.Alapark.com for details on our sister parks in Alabama.