Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer work events at 55 parks across the state for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours.
Most of the events are on Saturday, June 26, including one at Pickwick Landing State Park in Hardin County.
“Our state parks present an excellent opportunity for Tennessee Promise students to meet their service requirements,” said Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Conservation. “It’s a great step for the students, and it’s a big help for the parks. We are grateful for what the students put into this workday.”
Activities for the workday at various parks include cleanup, removing invasive plants, landscaping, trail work, spreading mulch, and painting. Students should check with each park on the activities planned and details on what they will need.
Pickwick’s volunteer event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an included lunch break. Meet at the Park Office at 8 Saturday morning for a quick safety briefing. Click here to register online as required.
Be prepared for physical work removing invasive plant species. Pickwick Park said work gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.
Participants should bring a water bottle and any snacks wanted. Students can bring a bag lunch or travel somewhere local for food during lunch break.
COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted for this year’s event.
Tennessee Promise provides students the chance to attend tuition-free any of the state’s community colleges, colleges of applied technology or other eligible institutions offering an associate degree program. One of the requirements to maintain eligibility is to complete eight hours of community service. The parks also accept help from any volunteers who wish to participate.
For more information on the Tennessee Promise program visit www.tn.gov/tnpromise.