The Friends of Salt Springs Park is a volunteer-based organization. Volunteers establish and maintain trails, run programs, paint buildings, plant trees and flowers, chop wood, raise money, help visitors, sit on the Board, build shelves. . . . Ever tasted some of the wonderful food served during the annual Celebration? Volunteers cooked it and served it.
Every April we set aside two Saturdays for park spring cleaning—Chainsaw Day and Trail Day. In 2018, Chainsaw Day will be held on Saturday, April 14 (9 a.m.), and Trail Day will be the following Saturday, April 21 (9 a.m.).
We do the heavier work on Chainsaw Day. We're looking for people to come with their own equipment, go out to pre-selected sites, and tackle fallen trees and other larger issues. On Trail Day, we again break up into groups and head out. We do things like pick up garbage, remove winter debris, rake leaves and rocks, and clear trails.
To show our appreciation, each year we provide all volunteers on both days with hot beverages and food and a T-shirt honoring our work day sponsors.
Note! If you or your group can't make either of those days, give us a call anyway. We can use your help all year long: 570-967-7275.
Weekend Host: Supervise the Wheaton House on weekend afternoons, provide park and historical information, and monitor sales
Special Events: Help to organize and/or conduct one or more of our yearly events (July 3 All-American Music, Trail Race, Celebration)
Small Repairs: Become a "handyperson" and help with the many small repair and maintenance problems that arise
Woodworker: Make park signs, build shelving units and book cases, repair/maintain wood floors
Scrap-booking: Make scrapbooks out of our newspaper articles, photographs, and publicity mementos
Fund Raiser: Help to organize and/or conduct a large fund-raising project for the park
University Liaison: Help tap the student and faculty resources at local colleges and universities
"I volunteer at Salt Springs because it is a tranquil place where I can get back to nature and back to myself."—Ellen Fortunato
Become a Member
Contribute to the Friends of Salt Springs Park Fund
Buy a T-shirt or cap from our Gift Shop
Rick Heinrich, in addition to helping us out on our April workdays, stops in every couple of weeks in the spring, summer, and fall to tend the Wheaton house lawn and barn beds. He also responds favorably when we ask for his help with odd jobs, which this year included some painting in both farm houses, clearing Japanese knotweed patches, and planting spring bulbs.
These friends, Donna Foster (top) and Betty Marshall, became Weekend Hosts in 2011 and have hosted together ever since. And, not only do they sign up for more hours a summer than we ask for, but they always help us out during the Celebration, too. Read a bit more about them here.
Mike Merritt helped mount the Quilt Show for the Celebration and made many trail and garden signs for us.
Greg Liggett is a builder who oversaw the construction of our new pavilion by dozens of members of his church.