More Volunteer Activities of NCAMN
Bull Shoals/White River State Park (BSWRSP). Volunteers work on several projects in the state park, including trail maintenance noted in the next section.
Interpretation Guides. Throughout the year, but particularly in the spring when the number of school groups visiting the park peaks, volunteers assist in presenting programs on wildlife. Activities may be as simple as turning on a projector, assisting with a game or leading a group on a short hike. Contact: BSWRSP Interpreter Julie Lovett.
Biological Inventory. The bio-inventory team identifies and charts the location of native plants (including wildflowers, trees, and others), as well as birds, mammals, and insects. Most activities extend from early spring through late fall although some bird counts and animal tracking may occur in the winter. Bio-inventory is currently on hiatus except for occasional special projects that will be announced on the NCAMN calendar. Contact: Ellen Chagnon.
Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek. This conservation education project of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission includes an education building, pavilion, trails, nearly three miles of frontage along Crooked Creek and over 400 acres of varied Ozark habitat. Visitors of all ages experience the outdoors and enjoy the charm of an Ozark Blue Ribbon Stream. The gate is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Trails are open sunrise to sunset each day. Volunteers help maintain the Center’s buildings, trails and gardens, as well as assist with educational programs for school children and other visitors. Contact: Anne Criss.
David’s Trail. Begun in 2008, this project is a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the David’s Trail Foundation in memory of community leader and outdoor enthusiast David Floyd, who died in 2002.
The trail is designed to encourage the kind of active lifestyle Floyd exemplified. The trail now extends from Robertson Point to Panther Bay and then continues on the north side of Lake Norfork from Bidwell Point approximately 12 miles to Red Bank. Additional trail construction is planned. When complete, it will be a 50+ mile network of multi-purpose (hiking, jogging, bicycling, geo-caching) trails located entirely on public lands.
NCAMN volunteers have helped maintain and improve the trail, principally on the portion south of Lake Norfork, by identifying and tagging trees, planting wildflowers, setting bluebird houses and collecting “bird occupancy” data, and gathering trash and storm debris. The David’s Trail Foundation has organized its own Trail Maintenance team—which NCAMN volunteers may join—to maintain the expanding trail corridor. Contact: Marti Frazier or Ed Toscano.