The Woods Project could not create these experiences for our students without volunteers. We rely heavily on our volunteers to provide a life-changing opportunity for the students we work with. Our adult volunteer mentors help not only guide our students through overcoming obstacles in the woods but also help process the meaning of their accomplishments along the way. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and range in age from 22 to 78 years old. The Woods Project is always looking for qualified, positive role models to fill our leader positions. Volunteers are the most important part in making our program a success, so if you have a passion for the outdoors and working with inner city youth, we are the program for you. Change lives and have your life changed in the process.
“My participation in The Woods Project has absolutely made me a better teacher. TWP has given me skills that help me to better reach my students and develop stronger support systems for my students.” – Daniel Bryant, Volunteer Leader
The Woods Project is 100% volunteer dependent! Volunteers are used in every facet of the organization from working directly with our students as trip leaders to making sure our camping equipment & supplies are in top shape to lending a hand at our special events. Anyone can volunteer and no wilderness experience required! There is so much to do in preparation for wilderness immersion experiences.
A few our keystone volunteer activities:
Gear Management Days (inventory, cleaning, and more!)
Food Prep and Pack
First Aid Kit Restock
Sleeping Bag Wash Day
Special events: annual Luncheon and Walk for The Woods Project
Interested in any of these activities? Click here to complete our Volunteer Application.
Interested in hiking, canoe/kayaking, and camping alongside TWP students during weekend and/or summer trip programs? Click here to complete a Weekend and Summer Trip Volunteer Application.
Weekend trip volunteering is a Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon commitment in wilderness locations in and around the Houston area.
Summer trip volunteering is a 2-week commitment during July in nationally recognized wilderness locations such as Olympic and Yosemite National Parks, Donner Pass/Desolation Wilderness, and the Apostle Islands.
Are You An Alumn? The Woods Project is constantly looking for ways to stay connected with our alumni so that together, we can continue to make a change in our community. We know that spending two weeks in the wilderness with a small group of people can create lifetime connections and we are committed to seeing our alumni succeed. If you participated in TWP programming and are now looking to give back or connect with old friends, we would love to hear from you. Our alumni are important to us and we hope you take some time to get involved. STAY IN TOUCH!
We can’t wait for you to create your own TWP volunteer story!