If you’ve visited the core property recently or checked out recent posts on our website, you’ve probably remarked that there’s a lot going on at Lula Lake these days. Indeed, I’ve had the pleasure of joining our team at a very exciting time in the organization’s development.

We’re doing as much as we’ve ever done to meet the stated goals of our mission: conservation of protected lands and waters, education about all the ways one might further that ideal, and low-impact recreation that inspires folks to help us meet our first two goals.

How are we doing this? We’re hosting more events (see June 10th River City Sessions), encouraging more volunteerism (see Michael Green’s nature hikes), developing an environmental education curriculum with the help of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and local educators, building a beautiful pollinator garden in order to feed the critters who keep our land alive, and hosting more volunteer days for trail work and other major projects underway on the core property.

As Lula Lake’s Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) until May of 2017, I am tasked with enhancing our volunteer program as well as with building a more comprehensive education program at the Trust. This is where you come in… So you’re a lover of Lula Lake and the Rock and Bear Creek watersheds, right? How can you help? The answer depends on your background, your passions, and on the skills you either possess or are eager to develop.

Here are some examples of the creative ways we’d like to engage you as volunteers:

  • Curriculum development: collaborate with us to develop curriculum sketches for area school and community groups. Think water quality; inventory of flora, fauna and fishes; soil studies; pollinator monitoring at our up and coming pollinator garden; invasive species registry; painting and drawing; medicinal plant identification; yoga; meditation…
  • Land Management: work with Patrick and Barrett to complete construction of the new Bluff Trail and to maintain existing trails; manage Open Gate Days, a great time to meet like-minded people!
  • Event organizing: scheme with our staff to plan and organize an event or workshop that you believe would help promote and protect the Trust.         
  • Office work: help organize volunteer information; take pictures and write blog entries for our website and newsletter; conduct research that will help Lula focus activities on our mission.

If any of these ideas interests you, please reach out: hroberts ‘at’ I’ll gladly schedule a meeting or a phone call to figure out where your talents could be best utilized. Once we’ve made the connection, I’ll send you a volunteer application and we’ll get started!

I want to thank Lula Lake for welcoming me to the family. I feel deeply grateful to call Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga Valley home for the next year. While I am from the Upper Cumberland and love the caves and waterfalls of my childhood, I acknowledged many years ago that Lula Lake and the surrounding environs have something very unique to offer.

Let’s work together to keep the land and water clean and fresh, that they might nourish those who come after us.

Holley Roberts, Americorps VISTA

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