Cumberland Island Service Weekend

Cumberland Island Service Weekend  // January 17-19

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Keeping it Wild, and REI for a fun-filled weekend of conservation, service work and learning with the National Park Service on Cumberland Island.

Cumberland Island is one of Georgia’s greatest natural treasures and it holds an important place at the Conservancy.  In 1972, through the advocacy of the Georgia Conservancy and other conservation-focused organizations and citizens, Cumberland was established as a national seashore, providing for the protection of the island’s upland maritime forests, saltwater marsh and 17 miles of beach.

The preservation of the Cumberland Island National Seashore remains a focus of the Georgia Conservancy. Every year, we take dozens of volunteers to the island to perform service work at Cumberland’s historic structures, remote backcountry trails and deserted beaches.  The service work that was performed in 2012 by Conservancy volunteers was some of the best that the island has ever seen.

“The National Park Service is increasingly dependent on volunteer support to accomplish resource protection work,” said Cumberland Island National Seashore Superintendent Fred Boyles. “The Georgia Conservancy work weekend over the MLK Holiday in 2012 was an outstanding success for Cumberland Island National Seashore and the best work weekend in the history of the program."

This year, groups will assist with park priority projects such as trail work, beach cleanup, and care and maintenance of existing NPS structures.  Participants can expect to spend a majority of their time on the island participating in service projects and could be exposed to all types of outdoor conditions, as the event will be held rain or shine.

All participants should expect to walk at least 3.5 miles with a day’s worth of gear.


  • $100 for tent campers (Lodging: Hunt Camp* – close to Plum Orchard Mansion)
  • $125 per person double occupancy (Lodging: Volunteer Dorms – close to Dungeness on the island’s south end). If you do not have a roommate, we will match you with a roommate (of the same gender)
  • $250 for camping for a family of four (Lodging: Hunt Camp - close to Plum Orchard Mansion)
  • $300 for a family of four (Lodging:  Volunteer Dorms – close to Dungeness on the island’s south end)

Costs cover transportation from Atlanta, food and supplies for the weekend. This trip is open to the general public and all participants will need to sign a volunteer waiver for the National Park Service.  There will be at least one 15-passenger van leaving Atlanta early in the morning on Friday, January 17. You can rent, for free, sleeping bags and tents from Georgia Conservancy’s gear bank sponsored by REI.

*Although Hunt Camp is close to Plum Orchard, there is no guarantee that Plum Orchard will be open for tours.

An email with more specific schedule details will be sent two weeks before the event to those who have registered.

Our Cumberland Island Service Weekend is sold out! Please email to get on the waiting list.

See also:

See photos from our 2013 Cumberland Island Service Weekend

See photos from the 2012 Cumberland Island Service Weekend

Read a recap of the 2013 Cumberland Island Service Weekend

Read about Conservancy volunteer Leslie Sage’s experience during the 2012 Service Weekend

Learn more about Cumberland Island and the Georgia Conservancy