Are you looking for a way to enjoy nature and make a difference?  Volunteers are always welcome at Phinizy Center!  We have a variety of ongoing opportunities that fit different skills levels, interests and time commitments.  

For more information on volunteering, please call 706-396-1426 or email

 Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

  • Regular volunteer positions in our Swamp Shop Gift Store & Visitor’s Center are available assisting staff with merchandise sales, sales of snacks & refreshments, and offering park information & direction to day visitors. Volunteer Visitor Service Assistants are required to complete our certification process, which is an initial 6-hour training commitment.

  • Phinizy Swamp is host to several annual main events that require a number of one-time volunteers in various roles.

    Annual events you can be involved in include:

    Spring Cleaning in the Park
    Held in March:  Just like we open the windows and clean our house in the Spring, at Phinizy we clean up the park.  Come help clean trails and work on small projects that will help us get ready for the good weather ahead. 

    Earth Day
    Held in April each year:  We need volunteers who can help set up for this event or work the day of.  This is a major free event open to the public that allows people to find out how they can be a part of keeping our Earth healthy.  

    National Honey Bee Day
    Held in August:  A free event to the public that celebrates our busy bees. You can be a part of a fun event that also educates people about the importance of bees.  

    National Public Lands Day
    Held in September each year:  Come be a part of a national initiative that promotes volunteering on public lands throughout our country.  

    Rivers Alive Cleanup
    Held in October:  This is your opportunity to help protect one of our most precious resources…water! 

    For more information on dates and times check out our events calendar.  Click here!

  • Our Volunteer Park Guides lead leisurely hikes & bike rides monthly and lead special occasion guided hikes such as full moon hikes, bird walks, school field trips, etc. Volunteer Park Guides are required to complete our certification process, which is an initial 10-hour training commitment.

  • We rely on assistance from our park visitors and volunteers to keep our Nature Park information up to date. You can help in areas such as updating park maps; submitting photography for marketing & social media; species watch & documentation; and much more!) 

  • Be a part of keeping the park clean and safe for visitors! Help is needed to maintain park visitor restrooms & water fountains, the Swamp Shop building, information kiosks, picnic pavilions; and the campus buildings such as the research lab, education classroom, development building; all require ongoing general care such as repainting, cleaning exterior walls, removal of leaves from gutters, electrical & plumbing, storage additions, etc.

    Pollinator Garden:
    If you have a green thumb we would love to have you help with our pollinator garden.  Not only does our garden educated the public about the importance of native pollinator plants, it also feeds our Phinizy bees!  

    You can help maintain the park’s beautiful walking trails by selecting a trail and walking it once a month to trim back over grown brush and trees, to pick up trash, and to report any safety concerns. This is a great opportunity for organizations &/or groups.

  • Over the years, many Scouts have completed their Eagle Scout project here at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Successfully completed projects have included building Park Information Kiosks, covered benches for park guests to sit & rest, building & repairing boardwalks, building picnic benches, and so much more! We welcome Scouts to consider Phinizy Swamp Nature Park for their Eagle Scout project.

  • We have multiple opportunities for companies, schools and military groups to come to work together to make a difference at Phinizy Center. Projects are tailored to a groups skill level and time commitment.  If you would like to learn more about what your group can do give us a call.  

Phinizy Education

The Phinizy Education team provides environmental education to children and adults alike, reaching over 2,700 through field trips alone each year.  There are many opportunities to be part of this fantastic program that impacts current and future generations.

Phinizy Water Research

The Phinizy Research team is dedicated to finding solutions for healthy water quality for years to come.  Contact us if you are interested in volunteering to help out.