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Project Weekend

tbd, 2020



Example schedule only.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Check-In at Mazama Campground
 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM       Dinner at Mazama Campground

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM         Project to be determined
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM          Dinner at Mazama Campground

The park will brief us on our work assignments, issue tools and equipment, etc. There will be a wide range of work assignments so you can find a job that suits your physical abilities and desires.  There certainly will be plenty of hard physical labor with picks and shovels, trimming with various cutting tools, etc.  Less strenuous work might involve scrounging the forest for general ‘forest litter’ used to obscure voluntary trails we will want to hide, etc. 

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM       Project to be determined         

Sunday projects focus on weeding or the gathering of native plant seeds for re-vegetation of disturbed areas.  There will be time to do a bit of exploration on your own as well.        

*Volunteers are not required to camp at Mazama Campground. Please contact Aramark (541-594-2255) to make your own reservations


weather & gear considerations

The weather is unpredictable (warm, cold, dry, wet) and projects locations are at 6,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level. Pack gear accordingly.
Recommendations: turdy footwear, water containers, gloves, a hat, rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, long pants, long-sleeved work shirt, etc. Plan to carry what you need for the day, including water and food for snacks and lunch.  Gloves and hard hats will be provided by the park.  The Friends will supply a safety vest for identification and safety.



The Friends reserve and pay for campsites ( tent & RV) in the Mazama Campground for Project Weekend volunteers who RSVP requesting a site. We do share sites.

As you enter the Mazama campground, look for the Camper Store/Check-In Kiosk/Laundromat.  In front of the building is a bulletin board.  George’s campsite number will be posted on the bulletin board (look for the FOCL logo). Proceed to George’s campsite for your campsite assignment.



Please email George Buckingham to register. If you would like to camp at Mazama Campground, please include the number in your party and preference for a tent or RV/Trailer site.


additional information

When performing this work, volunteers are required to sign up as National Park Service Volunteers In Parks (VIPs).  This involves signing a Volunteer Agreement, a piece of paper which contains a very broad job description.  Volunteers are treated as NPS employees should there be a Tort Claim or Injury.  But, you are ‘covered’ only if doing assigned tasks as described in the Agreement. You won’t be asked to do anything that is outside of the Agreement and you certainly must not stray from the Agreement.  No volunteer activities will start until Agreements are signed by all involved volunteers. The Crater Lake staff will provide supervisors.  Do what they ask.  Don’t do what they prohibit, etc. Safety is our first and last priority.  Wear any and all personal protective equipment (PPE) suggested and provided.