Preservation in Practice

Combine your vacation with volunteering at a local organization that's working towards keeping the Boone area clean, safe, healthy, and accessible for all. Here are a few places where volunteers are always appreciated:


  • Trashy Tuesdays at RiverGirl Fishing Company
    • Volunteer to pick up trash while floating along the New River on Tuesdays at 9 am, during the summer. The volunteer who collects the most trash wins a FREE fly fishing lesson. The volunteer who brings back the coolest piece of trash wins a free T-shirt. 
    • Contact (828) 263-7364 or to sign up


  • Volunteer with the Watauga Riverkeeper
    • Participate in volunteer workdays removing invasive species near local waterways, water sampling, or live staking along riverbanks. 
    • Sign up to be added to the volunteer roster or reach out to to find out about upcoming opportunities


Trash Trout on Winklers Creek



  • F.A.R.M. Cafe
    • F.A.R.M. Cafe relies on daily volunteers to carry out its mission to "Feed All Regardless of Means."  A hot meal prepared with locally grown ingredients can be exchanged for just an hour of volunteer work. 
    • Apply to volunteer with the cafe here




  • Big Splash Trash Bash: volunteer work days with the area's only student-organized river tubing outfitters: Appalachian Tubing Company 
    • Appalachian Tubing Co. provides free tubes and transportation for volunteers to pick up litter in the New River.
    • 2024 volunteer dates: June 2nd & August 18th (Meet at 11 am at the Appalachian Tubing Co. outpost)
    • Call (828) 263-4297 to RSVP!


  • Find even more great volunteer opportunities with the Town of Boone




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