Get up close and personal with Thousand Islands National Park by volunteering. Volunteer opportunities are open to visitors and residents alike.

Go behind the scenes, learn something new and make a difference in helping to protect  the amazing natural and cultural treasures of the park.

There are lots of ways you can volunteer. Volunteer as an individual, family or group. 

A visitor plants a tree

Tree planting – Red Oak on Gordon Island

Planting mid-May

We are looking for volunteers to help plant 500 red oak seedlings on Gordon Island in mid-May. You’ll be helping to restore vibrant red oak forests, which support a high diversity of songbirds, butterflies and moths.

  • Bring your own lunch and outdoor clothing. Planting tools supplied by the park
  • Be able to help up to a full 6 hours outside, including boating to the island, hiking to and from the site and the time spent planting. 
Volunteer duties:
  • Hiking on or off trails to the planting locations. 
  • Moving around the  planting areas carrying gardening-type gear. 
  • Repetitive use of a small shovel and/or hoe to plant seedlings
  • Helping to carry buckets of water, water the seedlings and map where they are planted for future monitoring.  
What’s in it for you?:
  • Boat ride to beautiful Gordon Island in the Thousand Islands
  • A brief interpretive walk to learn about ecological restoration and how prescribed fire is a benefit to health of the park.
  • A chance to meet and talk with National Park conservation staff.
  • A chance to help restore a majestic oak forest in a National Park.

Contact us by email with the subject line “TREE PLANTING”.
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