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Since our early days in 1990, volunteers have been integral to the preservation and conservation of Lost River Cave and furthering the mission of enriching and educating more lives through connections in nature. Volunteering at Lost River Cave is a great activity for students, individuals, groups, and families. Work alongside the Lost River Park Guides and Naturalists and be a Habitat Hero! 

Become A Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lost River Cave! We’ve always valued the people who give their time and energy to the park. Because of these people, our goals of forging a bond with our community and visitors through memorable learning experiences can be achieved.

Volunteering at Lost River Cave has its benefits! Our volunteers enjoy creating a dynamic learning environment for the community and fostering environmental awareness and appreciation of nature. Participating in acts of service enables people to expand their network of fellow nature lovers and amplifies their understanding of the outdoors.

Volunteers 13 and older are encouraged to participate at any level at any of our Annual Events or daily individual opportunities. Groups are always welcome but encouraged to schedule specific days with our volunteer coordinator.

All Volunteers are required to fill out a new waiver every year, volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Anyone interested in a volunteer position like, Nature Center Docent, should fill out a Volunteer Application to be called in for an interview.

Volunteers should use our online sign-up system by clicking on the opportunities below. For any general volunteer questions please contact Chad, chadwick@lostrivercave.org. Any questions about Nature Center Docent positions, please contact Tosha, tosha@lostrivercave.org.

Volunteer Application

Thank you for your service!

Event-2019 SeasonNumber of Volunteers
428 people
Total Time
1193 Hours
5th Annual Snow Flurry Scurry 5K 27 people 55 Hours!
Earth Week! 7-Days 7-Habitats 177 people 344 Hours!
Volunteer Invasive Plant Initiative (March -November) 195 people 633 Hours!
Walk In Volunteers (includes Landscaping and Litter Control) 29 people 161 Hours!

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Sign Up Below! 

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Invasive Plant Initiative (VIP)

What is VIP?

The VIP Initiative is a program which enlists our community to help preserve the woodland, wetlands, and wildlife of Lost River Cave and Valley, by removing invasive and exotic plants.

What do I need to bring?

Bring gardening gloves and a water bottle.  We will provide a cooler with water.  You are welcome to bring your own tools to the park, such as shovels, rakes, pruners, loppers, and hand saws, but we ask you not to bring power tools or chainsaws.

When are the VIP Days?

VIP Days will be scheduled every Saturday from March-November, 1p-4p. Plant pulls may be canceled due to lack of participants and weather-related issues.

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Youth Opportunities!

Want to gain experience in the world of conservation? Bring your talents and effort to Lost River Cave and participate in our programs and build your skills!

  • Volunteer Invasive Plant Initiative-Great for kids and first-time volunteers!
  • Help plant materials (seasonal) and weed and dead-head dead flowers (weekly/bi-weekly)
  • Litter Control- Great for kids and first time volunteers!
  • Volunteer at our Events!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities: Must fill out a volunteer application

  • Nature Center Docent-
    • Lead Nature Center Programs like Junior Naturalist or other Scout Programs!
    • Contact our Naturalist Tosha for more information! Tosha@losrivercave.org
  • Greeter
  • VIP Leader-leads VIP Initiative days throughout the year!
  • Trail walker/answer questions and direct people
  • Answering phone and assisting visitors with questions and directions (summer months only)

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chad or Annie at 270-393-0077, chadwick@lostrivercave.org, annie@lostrivercave.org

Volunteer Application