The 25th Annual Smith Rock Group
“Spring Thing” Volunteer Day
Saturday – April 29, 2017
The Smith Rock Group has been operating the Smith Rock Spring Thing Volunteer Day for 25 years, originating with several locals wanting to clean up the park and fix the trails. They came up with the idea, started working with the park and rallied the volunteers for the first ever Spring Thing in May of 1993. Many people and faces have changed over the years, but we have consistently kept the spirit of the event with a core group of people organizing the event, which attracts about 200 people each year. This event is focused on Smith Rock projects developed by volunteers and park staff.
Over the years we have conducted many projects throughout the park. In 2012, we received a grant from the American Alpine Club to purchase materials to repair old steps and construct additional steps in the main climbing areas. We also worked on other projects throughout the park. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who helped over the years.
The Spring Thing takes place at Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne, Oregon. The park is located in the high desert of Central Oregon and is a world-class rock climbing area. The park is also popular with hikers, mountain bikers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers. The event begins at 8am with registration at Smith Rock Park and concludes with the dinner, auction, and raffle starting around 5pm. Parking passes, breakfast snacks, water, sunscreen, work gloves, direction, tools and supplies, and dinner are provided for all volunteers.
HOW YOU CAN HELP to make this year’s Spring Thing a success…
DONATE new/unused items for the fundraising auction and raffle at our volunteer appreciation dinner. Or donate cash on our paypal link.
VOLUNTEER on April 29, 2017. Event registration is from 8am – 10am. You will be assigned a project with a leader. Each year about 200 people show up for the one day event and we get a massive amount of work done.
SPEND MONEY at the end of the day volunteers are treated to our famous burrito dinner. We get a slideshow of some epic climbing somewhere. Then hold an auction and raffle. All the proceeds go to either putting on the volunteer day or for trail materials. Must volunteer to attend evening event.
PLEASE HELP MAKE OUR 25th YEAR A SUCCESS The Smith Rock “Spring Thing” is organized and coordinated by the Smith Rock Group, a grass roots, all-volunteer, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, so all contributions are tax deductible. Our Federal Tax ID number is 27-1921687. We are pleased to work in cooperation with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and be a part of the Access Fund’s Adopt-A-Crag Program and American Alpine Club’s Cornerstone Grant.