There are many ways in which you can help the Eagle River Nature Center thrive. You can become a financial contributor, donate your time as a volunteer, or provide something on our wish list. Every dollar and every minute of your time gives us the opportunity to do more or improve our services to our community and to visitors from around the globe.
If you come out to the Eagle River Nature Center to hike, ski or attend programs, you’ll soon discover that it is beneficial to become a member. Your membership will give you unlimited parking privileges for one year from the day you sign up. In addition, you’ll receive a discount on our public-use cabin and yurt rentals and you'll receive quarterly news updates. As a small organization that is very frugal, we do our best to avoid excessive mailings. Our mailings will include a member expiration date on the address label. When you see that your membership is expiring, just give us a call to renew by phone or use our online membership form. Thank you for supporting our work!
To see our current rates and become a member click JOIN.
Learn about nature, earn experience, build your resume, and meet new people. These are just a few of the rewards of volunteering at the Eagle River Nature Center. There are many opportunities to lend a hand – from volunteering on our Board to providing information services at the front desk to getting your hands dirty on the trails. There’s something for everyone. Read more information on how you can get started:
Summer Volunteers in Residence
Have you always dreamed of experiencing Alaska without being a tourist? By becoming a resident volunteer you will get a chance to work and live in a beautiful setting, meet new people, and provide a valuable service, not to mention the fact that it looks great on your resume.
Please visit Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program for descriptions of positions available
annually at the Eagle River Nature Center.
If you are interested in applying for a summer residence position, you must first complete the volunteer application through the Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program. Once we have received your application and determined eligibility, we will contact you and ask that you provide us with a brief, 1-page resume and 3 references. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of submitting your application to AK State Parks, please contact us. Note: To provide resident volunteer opportunities to as many people as possible, the Nature Center does not typically hire residents or interns for more than 2 seasons.
Each summer, we work with scouts seeking to fulfill their Eagle Scout requirements. Please contact our Director at least 4 months prior to the projected deadline. Keep in mind that most projects are completed during the summer months, therefore scouts should inquire by late January.
The following are a few potential projects for the current year:
THANK YOU to our past scouts!
Thank you to the following scouts for completing their Eagle Scout projects at the Nature Center:
2019: Jacob Lestina for making new bed frames and shelves for our volunteer cabins; building steps to one of the cabins; and painting the window trim.
2018: Jan Foss for beautifying our front garden bed and building a fence to separate the garden from the parking
lot; Jared Johansen for building a firewood storage shed at our maintenance garage.
2017: Christopher Fueg for cleaning and log oiling the public use cabin.
2016: Perry Lundgren refinished the back deck (seating, decking, fencing) of the Nature Center, Hyrum Nelson built a memorial trail and boardwalk/bridge, and Daniel Casey built a section of stairs at the River Trail Yurt.
2014: Robert Arnold of Troop 230 in Eagle River for raising funds to purchase and install hundreds of feet of TREX railing to prevent splinters and prolong the life of the Salmon Viewing Deck.
2013: Chris Feero of Troop 82 built a picnic table, benches around the fire ring, and a platform for a bear resistant food storage locker at the Rapids Camp camping site.
2012: Brad Connely of Troop 26 built an insulated 16 foot diameter deck for the Yukla Yurt; and Mitchell Wilder of Troop 219 built a woodshed and campfire benches at the Yukla Yurt.
2011: Marcus Gamble built 2 benches along the trail and a wooden screen to hide the portable lavatory near the educational yurt; and Simon Kiehl built a firewood storage shed and raised funds to donate to the Nature Center.
Andrew Skaggs insulated the educational yurt (floor and walls).
Patrick Thornton built the railing on the boardwalk of the upper section of Albert Loop Trail.
Jaylon Winborg built picnic tables for the educational yurt.