The Cradle of Forestry in America is operated by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a long-standing mission to promote education, recreational, and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history, and the Cradle of Forestry in America. Your financial gift will go directly towards enhancing visitor experiences and educational programming at the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site. Help support the next generation of forest stewards by donating today.
Current Employment Opportunities
Please check back regarding any employment opportunities. See below if you are interested in being a host or volunteer at the Cradle of Forestry.
Be a Cradle Host
Being a host with the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends, and provide assistance and information to visitors. Hosts at the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site are a vital part of helping visitors explore the past, present, and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, film, music, drama, guided tours, nature programs, craft demonstrations, and special events. A sustainably designed Forest Discovery Center with its gift shop and café welcomes visitors to the historical structures and a relaxing walk through the woods or neighboring Pink Beds Valley.
In addition to providing quality customer service, host duties vary and may include opening and closing facilities, greeting visitors, collecting entrance fees, running the gift shop, caretaking grounds and facilities, and assisting with a variety of educational and historical programs and special events. Hosts work 8 hour shifts in 2 or 3 day cycles with breaks of 2 and 3 days between (maximum 3 days per week). If staffing levels allow, hosts may be assigned to a preferred focus area: 1). Guest Information & Gift Shop Services; 2). Caretaking & Landscaping Services; and/or 3). Interpretive Services. Host benefits include: FHU (30/50 amp), limited Wi-Fi and cell service, uniform shirts, gift shop discount, kitchen/laundry facilities in the Host Community Building, and time off to explore the area.
Session 1: April 7 to July 21 (Training April 2-5)
Session 2: July 22 to November 11 (Training July 17-20)
A criminal background check is required with a 16 week (Session 1 or Session 2) or a 32 week commitment (full season).
For more information about hosting and to apply online please contact our host recruiter, Julie Dennis at 828-884-5713 x219, or 828-553-9298, or email@example.com.
There are three different options when purchasing a Friends of The Cradle of Forestry Annual Pass:
• Student – $15 (must present a valid student ID at time of purchase; valid for pass holder only)
• Individual – $20 (valid for pass holder only)
• Family and Friends – $30 (valid for pass holder plus 3 additional persons)
Along with the knowledge that you are making a direct difference by supporting a piece of forest history, you will receive the following benefits:
• Free admission to the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site, including special events. Passes are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
• 15% discount at the Giving Tree Gift Shop at the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site
Passes may be purchased in person at the Cradle of Forestry in America.
Questions or comments, please call (828) 877-3130
The Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site (“Cradle”) is a nationally recognized center for forest conservation and Blue Ridge culture. Its rich heritage and natural resources create an ideal environment for interpretation and education. Crafters, gardeners, musicians and volunteers (“demonstrators” or “program participants”) are a key component of the Cradle experience, allowing visitors to experience either a “back in time” feel or a modern perspective on our Southern Appalachian heritage.
The priority for program participants should be demonstration and visitor engagement. Demonstrators are welcome to distribute marketing material or sell on site during demonstrations. No fee will be charged for selling on site during demonstrations, although the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association reserves the right to introduce a booth fee during special events (e.g. Forest Festival Day, etc.). The Friends of the Cradle have approved a gas mileage reimbursement to help cover some of the cost of transportation. Demonstrators interested in selling through the Cradle gift shop will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis.
Crafters, gardeners, and musicians should consider a regular schedule of demonstrating. The Cradle front desk promotes “Crafters on Site” on a daily basis. The Cradle is open daily from mid-April until early November, and daily hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm.