3540 Kiptopeke Drive
City, State, Zip:
Cape Charles, Virginia 23310
Date(s):03/27/2016 - 04/02/2016
Access:Day Hiking Up to 1 Mile Per Day
Volunteers will assist Kiptopeke staff with yearly trail maintenance needs including trimming trees and scrubs back from the trail, grading sections of the trail and putting in drainage. Volunteers will also assist with boardwalk maintenance as they see heavy usage and are in a harsh, sandy, saltwater environment. The boardwalks require yearly replacement of deck boards, fixing structural components (strings, post, etc.) and removal of sand.
Meet your Crew Leader, HERE.
Hosting Organization:Virginia State Parks
Area and Attractions:Boasting 1.5 miles of waterfront on the Chesapeake Bay, Kiptopeke State Park sits on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The park is a mixture of open fields, upland maritime forest, reclaimed farmland and beach. The terrain is mostly flat and is the largest migratory stopover for songbirds on the Atlantic Flyway in the fall. The other feature that draws people are the nine WWII concrete ships that sit 300 feet off the beach. The ships were sunk off Kiptopeke in 1948 to act as a breakwater for the ferry ships that were docking. The ships now are home several species of fish, crabs, oysters and other sea creatures. The top of the ships have been claimed by seagulls and brown pelicans. Visit Kiptopeke - a park with rich history and a wide variety of recreational opportunities!
Accommodations Description and Gear Needs:Volunteers will stay in a six bedroom lodge. The lodge has two queen beds, four twin beds and four bunk beds. There is a kitchen, living room, dining area, three full bathrooms and two porches. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, oven, toaster, two coffee pots, plates, cups, silverware, cooking utensils, cooking ware, and serving dishes. Linens, towels and pillows are all included. The lodge does not have a laundry room, but we do have a laundry facility in the park. Outside there are rocking chairs on the porch, a charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table. Volunteers should bring their own personal gear.
Climate:April is somewhat unpredictable, especially early in the month. The park sometimes sees cold nights and cool days. It is normally mild with some rainy days. The park's weather is greatly effected by the fact that it sits between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Overall it is normally very pleasant and great weather to work outdoors.
Travel Information:Airport pickup provided from Norfolk International Airport
Maximum # of Volunteers:14
Number of Spots Available:5
Online bookings are closed for this event. Contact us at 800-972-8608 ext. 704 to see if registration for this event is still available.