Summit Volunteer Program - You
Volunteer Interpreter Program on
Ron Chorba of Winthrop climbed the mile long trail to the top of Azure
Mountain located near St. Regis Falls in June of 2003, he launched an
outdoor educational program that has grown with each passing year. He
greeted 17 hikers who visited the summit on that warm spring day. Ron
was the first official volunteer interpreter on Azure Mountain, and
since that time more than 160 volunteer interpretive days have
followed. Climbing this small northern New York mountain with its
historic fire tower and spectacular views has been popular with
families and individuals for many generations.
Azure Mountain Friends (AMF) is a
group of individuals who are
interested in helping others to appreciate and preserve this historical
and natural site. Each year, the AMF seeks individuals who are willing
to spend a weekend day on the summit during the period from Memorial
Day through Columbus Day as a volunteer interpreter. Many North Country
residents have enjoyed participating since 2003. Their tasks include
monitoring the condition of the parking area, trail, tower, and summit;
picking up litter; performing light trail work, putting the flag up on
the tower; greeting hikers and providing educational information about
the landmarks, history, and restoration of the tower.
No two days on the Azure summit are alike. Some are very busy, with
hikers of all ages climbing the mountain, while other days are quiet
when only a few hearty souls visit. On May 26, 2007, Volunteer
Interpreter Carolyn Kaczka enjoyed a wonderful day on the summit
greeting 59 hikers, viewing a helicopter fly closely by, listening to a
White Throated Sparrow sing all day, and seeing various other birds and
critters on the summit. While on the summit, volunteers have met hikers
from Hawaii and Oregon, dudes with bongo drums, yoga enthusiasts, and
taken photos of couples who have become engaged on the mountain. One of
our student scholarship volunteers had 200+ Menonnites hike up - many
of them barefoot! They've seen
porcupines, bears, falcons, and turkey vultures. Whatever the day
holds, it will surely offer memories to treasure.
How do people become
volunteers? If you enjoy the outdoors and meeting
people, and if you can volunteer a day or two on a weekend this summer
or early fall, contact Joe Berner with Azure Mountain Friends at
315-265-3184 or email@example.com.
are uncertain about what is required,
arrangements can be made for a seasoned volunteer to work with you as a
If you'd like to volunteer,
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WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO.
We also have a couple of organized "work days" each year that involve
things like trail maintenance, working on erosion control on the
summit, painting and staining.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us