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Volunteer Instructions for Attending Annual Work Days At Hidden Valley Camp

Friends of Hidden Valley sponsor four annual workdays each year, providing valuable maintenance work and help with special projects. Any amount of time you can give is appreciated. The workdays are:

April: concentrating on the eastern third of the camp, including the tall grass prairie

September: concentrating on the middle of the camp, including the cabin, outbuildings, butterfly garden & camp sites.

November: a variety of fall chores centered in Mary's Meadow & Dogwood Forest, ie: wood cutting, honeysuckle removal & more.

Although spontaneous attendance is not discouraged, it does help to know approximately how many volunteers we can expect for planning purposes and in getting equipment and refreshments ready.  A quick email RSVP to the Camp Manager is appreciated. We also want our volunteers to be prepared; please make sure that you and anyone you may bring are aware of the following:


  •  Wear outdoor, layered clothing...this is a semi-primitive camp and (except for September) all work is outside.  Be prepared for weather changes, woody brush, thorns, poison ivy, ticks and chiggers & sun. (I don't mean to scare you off here!  But being prepared will prevent potential problems).  Long pants and sleeves recommended; sun screen and insect repellant generally necessary; durable totally enclosed shoes are a MUST!

  • Bring a water bottle or cup.  Ice water (& extra cups) will be provided, as will other refreshments, depending on the work day.              (i.e., trail mix, pizza, GS cookies, s'mores)

  • Tools and gloves provided, but you might want to bring your own gloves.

  • Parking is in the large gravel lot past the second gate, and is at a premium inside the camp.  Carpooling is highly recommended. Park closely, on either side of the lot.  For larger work days, a parking attendant will be there, and may direct you to overflow parking.

  • Everyone must check in before working, and each work day has a different location; check the specific workday notice. You will be asked to read and sign a Hold Harmless/Assumption of Risk Waiver.  All minors must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. No unaccompanied minors under 15.  For 15 and above, they may request a waiver ahead of time via email for their parent/guardian to sign, and bring with them.

  • After signing in, you will be assigned a job, with most projects being led by project leaders. If you are not comfortable tackling a specific job, please say so! 

  • If you would like to receive E-Mail Notices of our work days, which include detailed instructions specific to each work day,   contact

Thank you!  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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