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About the Museum: Volunteer Opportunities

As a private non-profit organization, the Texas Forestry Museum relies on the help and support of volunteers to accomplish the museum's mission.

Each year, the museums 200+ volunteers contribute over 1,000 hours of service. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Individuals and groups assist with curatorial and collections projects, education events, fund raisers, routine maintenance, clerical duties, give guided tours, and a whole host of other projects that benefit the museum and its visitors. Please contact the museum if you are interested in joining our volunteer team.

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS
  • Contribute to important preservation and education programs of the musuem
  • Training in volunteer area
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
  • Volunteer Recognitions:

For the purpose of recognitions, volunteer hours are recorded from April 1 to March 31.


 


2013 Volunteer of the Year ~ Mike Murphrey

Mike Murphrey has always been a faithful volunteer of the museum. However, when the 2011 drought took its toll on the Urban Wildscape Trail, Mike spent numerous hours helping to clear the Urban Wildscape Trail area of dead and damaged trees. He was involved from the early evaluation and planning stages of the project to onsite supervising of tree removal. Mike's expertise was invaluable in getting the trail area healthy and safe for museum visitors.


2013 Volunteer Most Hours ~ Mary Carroll

Mary Carroll continues to put in the most hours of any museum volunteer. Since 2008, she has logged in over 2500 volunteer hours! She continues to keep our collections database and files current. Mary is very dedicated to her work and has been a tremendous asset to the museum in the last few years.


2012 Helping Hands Volunteer ~ Carol Riggs

Carol retired as the director of the museum in 2007, but even in her retirement she continues to lend a helping hand to the Texas Forestry Museum. She is currently working on cataloging the museum's massive photo collection. Since Carol was familiar with the museum's collections, she knew right where we needed assistance. The numerous hours of work she has done has already been a big help for researchers.


2013 Foundation Builder Volunteer ~ Bobby Young

This year’s special award, Foundation Builder, was awarded to two volunteers that have contributed their skills, labor and time to building exhibits for the museum. Bobby Young helped with the construction of the “Money Trees” and “Timbertown Sawmill House” exhibits. Donald Vaughn constructed the cabinet for the Timbertown Train exhibit. They have both helped with numerous other projects too many to mention. The museum is very grateful for their help in building the foundation of the museum exhibits.


2013 Foundation Builder Volunteer ~ Donald Vaughn

This year’s special award, Foundation Builder, was awarded to two volunteers that have contributed their skills, labor and time to building exhibits for the museum. Bobby Young helped with the construction of the “Money Trees” and “Timbertown Sawmill House” exhibits. Donald Vaughn constructed the cabinet for the Timbertown Train exhibit. They have both helped with numerous other projects too many to mention. The museum is very grateful for their help in building the foundation of the museum exhibits.