Let’s Do Something Amazing Together

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!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lost River Cave! 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. Volunteers should use our online sign-up system by clicking on the opportunities below.

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!
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
EventNumber of VolunteersTotal Time
5th Annual Snow Flurry Scurry 5K 27 People55 Hours
Earth Week! 7-Days 7-Habitats 177 People344 Hours
Volunteer Invasive Plant Initiative (March -November)195 People633 Hours
Walk In Volunteers (includes Landscaping and Litter Control)29 People161 Hours

Upcoming Opportunities

Contact Chad to schedule your group or club volunteer activity! Call 270.393.0077 or email [email protected]

Volunteer Invasive Plant Initiative (VIP)

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

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.

VIP Days will be scheduled every Saturday from March-November1:00pm-4:00pm. Plant pulls may be canceled due to lack of participants and weather-related issues.

Become A Nature Center Docent

Docents are an invaluable group of volunteers who help nature centers across the country

connect people to nature. Fill out the Docent Application here!

Docents are specially trained volunteers who provide educational programs and support at Lost River Cave’s Nature Education Center. Docents are volunteers, teachers, and interpretive guides all wrapped into one individual. They truly love what they do and willingly donate their time to help connect people to nature by sharing what they love with others.

As a docent at Lost River Cave, you will learn to interpret information, becoming a bridge between your audience and the natural world.

  • You’ll gain environmental education experience and skills.
  • You will learn about the native flora and fauna found on the 72-acre park.
  • You will help with special events and programs for all ages.
  • Your own skills, education, and interests will help the public foster a deeper appreciation for nature.

Docents are an invaluable group of volunteers who help nature centers across the country.

There’s so much more going on at Lost River Cave. Check out the full calendar of upcoming events.