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Balsam Mountain Trust



Jen Knight, Education Coordinator
Michael Skinner, Executive Director

Mailing Address:

81 Preserve Road
Sylva , NC 28779

Phone Number:
Secondary Phone Line:

828-631-1061 (Knight)
828-631-1062 (Skinner)

Fax Number:


Email Address:

Website Address:

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 7 days/wk.
(no Sunday hours during Winter)
Visitors by appointment


Ten miles east of Sylva, off Highway 23/74; turn right on Preserve Rd; stop at main gate/visitor check-in; directions or escort to nature center will be provided there.

Agency Description:

The Balsam Mountain Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit that inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.


Trust staff provides orientation and training; prefer service learning project students to have some background appropriate to assignment.

Time Commitment:


Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements:

Some activities may require specialized skills; others will not. See descriptions of activities below.

Volunteer Involvement:

(1) Studying and preserving the natural environment of the Balsam Preserve and engaging in educational efforts that bring the citizens of western North Carolina, especially school children, into the Preserve. (2) Working in the nature center by: setting up and maintaining displays, engaging with visitors, leading or participating in nature walks, preparing written materials (brochures, letters, display descriptions etc.) (3) Animal handling and care. Botany and trail work.

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