Volunteers are making a difference in Galena Creek Park!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Galena Creek Visitor Center, a unique collaboration between Washoe County and the Great Basin Institute. Volunteers are a vital part of the sustainability of the visitor center and the programs offered for the community. Without you, the visitor center would not be able to continue connecting our community with nature.
Visitor Center Hosts
Greeting local community members and tourists starts with a friendly welcome. Your own experience, supported with local area maps, trail maps, and a retail store, provides the public with information that guides their outdoor experience.
Volunteer Naturalists provide leadership on guided community hikes, sharing knowledge in one or more of the following local categories: trees/plants, geology, history, culture.
Summer, Spring, and Fall Camps
Every week during school summer break, the two weeks of spring break and the week of fall break, Galena Creek Recreation Area is host to campers ages 8-17. Campers experience a portal to the wider world through fun, educational, hands-on discovery of the natural wonders of forests, creeks, lakes and ponds. Volunteers are an incredibly important part of our team, and aid in our efforts to provide quality outdoor experiences for all campers.
Kitchen Assistant/Meal Supervisor
Residential Camps at the WeChMe Lodge provide campers with full meals and snacks. Our kitchen staff would be grateful for volunteer help when preparing and serving food and cleaning up. Volunteers will be asked to arrive an hour before mealtime to help get the dining room ready for a well-deserved meal. Campers will also play a role with setting the tables, and cleaning up after themselves. While everyone is enjoying their feast, including yourself, we will ask that you provide an extra set of eyes and help supervise the campers.
Recreation Volunteers (Afternoon, Evenings)
While mornings at our summer camp are filled with theme-related activities, afternoons give us an opportunity for more traditional games and arts and crafts. If you are interested in helping with lunch time and quiet time supervision, lead a game or an arts and crafts activity or hanging out to play board games with some great kids, this is for you!
Don't see something that interests you? Have other ideas for the Visitor Center and trails? We always want new ideas and fresh eyes to improve Galena Creek!
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Sam Bellis, Visitor Services Coordinator
Ready to volunteer?
Submit a volunteer inquiry below, and we will contact you!
2019 Volunteer of the Year!
As 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank our wonderful visitor center volunteers! Without all of you, this center would not be what it is.
In particular, we want to highlight the work of GCVC volunteer, Emma Wynn. Emma has been volunteering at the visitor center for 3 years now. She has dedicated her time to hosting the front desk, providing visitors with information, leading Toddler Time, scheduling community presentations, coordinating new displays, and working countless hours in the center's pollinator garden!
We are so grateful for all of Emma's hard work. She is truly a community member who cares and she makes a difference every day.
Thank you, Emma!