Grandfather launches volunteer program

Article Published: Apr. 17 | Modified: Apr. 17
Grandfather launches volunteer program

Grandfather Mountain is now recruiting all types of talents for its new volunteer program starting this spring.
Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Grandfather Mountain is launching a new volunteer program this spring.

The scenic attraction in Linville is now recruiting “cheerful, engaging and enthusiastic volunteers to share their time and talents with its guests.”

“I have always told my children that community equals home,” volunteer coordinator Lesley Platek said. “Therefore, when you volunteer in your community, you gain far more than you receive.”

The nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation offers a range of opportunities to suit each volunteer’s interests and abilities. Opportunities include: animal habitat ambassador, hospitality host, conservation and stewardship, gardening, education assistant, exhibit interpreter, or parking and traffic control. Visit to learn more about each role.

“Have another skill you don’t see listed? Let us know!” a Grandfather spokesperson said.

School groups, church groups, clubs and organizations also are needed sporadically for special projects in the park, including landscaping, trail work, animal habitat cleaning, trash pickup, painting, invasive species control and other projects. Interested volunteers undergo training sessions designed to familiarize them with the mountain’s mission and operations and how to best interact with guests. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old (some exceptions for group volunteering).

For more information about volunteering at Grandfather Mountain, contact Platek at ( , or call (828) 733-2013. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park in the public interest and participate in educational research activities.

For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or plan a trip at

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