Off the coast of Georgia, Cumberland Island consists of 36,415 acres of beautiful beaches, mudflats, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and maritime forests. Wild animals roam the island, including white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillos, wild boars, American alligators, and even feral horses. The island was originally occupied by the Timucuan people but European settlement and conflicts in addition to introduced diseases took their toll. Cultural clashes, affluence and slavery have left a muddied footprint on its human history but today Cumberland Island is preserved as both a wild place and a historical record of the people who have walked there.
Our service project on Cumberland Island will focus on brushing/clearing overgrown vegetation and trail work on trails for visitor access to the Wilderness Area. Regular maintenance is required to allow visitors a safe and enjoyable passage to the public areas. Participants will board a ferry which will take them to Cumberland Island where they disembark and be met by National Park personnel to be driven to basecamp. We will spend the week camped out at Hunt Camp which is located in the center of the island. On our day off there will be opportunities to hike, watch for wildlife, relax on the beach, tour ruins or the museum, and rent bikes to explore the island.
Please note that the ferry used for transport is running on reduced capacity with a mandatory mask mandate for ALL riders. The NPS will transport all project gear and food to Hunt Cabin. Volunteers for this project will have the option to get a ride from the ferry to Hunt Camp via agency vehicle (reduced ridership, opened front vehicle windows, and mandatory masks). Volunteers may also hike to Hunt Camp (~7.5 miles) and can have their backpack driven to Hunt Camp. These logistics are subject to change. Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.
Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
See more photos of our project last year at Cumberland Island in our photo gallery.
Apr 11th - Apr 17th 2021
Trail maintenance and clearing vegetation
Explore the coastline, hike, relax on the beach, tour ruins or the museum, and rent bikes to explore
Tent camping in a designated campground
Strenuous : Hiking, brushing, bending, clipping, planting, pulling weeds, digging, and carrying tools