Meadowood SRMA relies on volunteers to help accomplish important projects. No matter what your background, age, or interest, there are opportunities for you to become a volunteer at Meadowood SRMA. You can work individually or as part of a group. Projects can range from short-term, one-day adventures to season-long commitments. (see events and activities for volunteer work days).
Volunteers Needed: Potomac River Watershed Cleanup at South Branch Massey Creek
Volunteers needed to help remove trash and debris from South Branch Massey Creek, part of the Potomac River Watershed. DATE: Saturday, April 13, 2013 TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 LOCATION: Gunston Elementary School Parking Lot-10100 Gunston Road-Lorton, VA 22079
Wear boots and old clothes and expect to get dirty (gloves and bags provided). Event will take place rain or shine.
For more information please call 703-339-8473 (Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area)
Help Wanted: Mountain Bike Trail Builders
Help build three different bike trails that will connect with Meadowood's existing five mile loop. Each trail will be different in flavor than the other. We are starting with a flow/jump/pump line. The trails will be machine built and hand finished. Lots of "hands on deck" are needed for the hand work. Your volunteer hours count toward official MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) workdays, and add unbelievable value to the trail system. Did you know that your volunteer time is worth $22/hour towards Meadowood's fundraising goal?
Drinking water, snacks and tools will be provided. Volunteers should bring reuseable water containers and coffee mugs to cut down on plastic/paper waste. Expect to get dirty . Wear clothing and footwear suitable for doing trail work outside. Volunteers under 15 and under should be with a parent or adult supervisor who can sign their volunteer form. No work if it's raining or snowing.
Mountain Bike Trail Work Days for 2013 are (all Saturdays):
- January 19
- February 2 and 16
- March 2, 16 and 30
- April 13 and 27
- May 11, 18 and 25
- June 8, 22 and 29
- July 13, 20 and 27
- August 10, 17 and 24
Volunteers will meet at the Meadowood Trailhead at 10324 Belmont Blvd., Lorton, VA 22079. Trail work will be available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please arrive at 8:45 AM to sign in and enjoy a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Some combination of corridor clearing, trail building and finish work will be part of each workday.
Directions to Site: From I-95 heading south take exit 163. turn left onto Lorton Road, go 3 stoplights to Lorton Market Street turn right and continue on about .8 miles to Gunston Cove Rd and continue to the stoplight at Rt. 1. Go straight through the stoplight and you'll be on Gunston Rd. Go about 1.7 miles to 10406 Gunston Rd. The office is the building at the end of the driveway.
From I-95 heading north take exit 166 to Rt 1 north about 2 miles, then take a left at traffic light onto Gunston Road. Go about 1.7 miles to 10406 Gunston Rd.
Please contact Doug Vinson at (804) 852-3370 or email@example.com for further information.
Opportunities for Volunteers to Support Projects at Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA)
Specialists at the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) welcome volunteers to support their “to do” list!
For all activities, tools, supplies, work gloves, bug repellent, snacks, and water to refill your container will be provided. You should wear work clothes and sturdy closed toe footwear, and bring a lunch if an all-day activity.
There’s trail and bridge building to do on the hiking/biking trail on the west side parcel of the SRMA. Other chores such as fence work, installing boundary signs and finishing the restoration area in front of the barn also need to be completed.
Volunteers are always welcome and should plan to meet at the Lower Potomac Field Station, 10406 Gunston Rd, Lorton, Virginia, when tasks are available.
- One of the many Bureau of Land Management partners is Earth Sangha, an organization that also has volunteer days planned at Meadowood for Tree Planting, and Native Meadow Plantings. Check out their website to see their schedule and some of the great work they've done at Meadowood at: http://earthsangha.org/.