Adopt a Spot

TVA manages nearly 293,000 acres of land Valleywide. Much of this is undeveloped land, meaning just that-wild land available for informal recreation (primitive or tent camping, hiking, bank-fishing and birdwatching) and free from modern facilities. Although undeveloped, these areas need protection and monitoring to ensure a fun and safe experience for users.

The Adopt a Spot program will allow adopters to assist Natural Resources staff by providing information on trails or backcountry informal recreation site conditions. Adopt a Spot sites will be assigned by TVA personnel based upon the information in your application and site availability.

Requirements and Duties

Application and Training: You'll need to complete a TVA Natural Resources Volunteer Application and attend orientation and training. Other restrictions may apply. 

Time Requirements: You'll be expected to visit your assigned spot at least four times a year and submit a report after each trip.

Following completion of training, participant's responsibilities and duties include:

  • Monitoring your assigned site according to the agreed upon schedule;
  • Collecting data and information on site conditions including photographs and completing and submitting monitoring forms after each visit.


Find Your Sweet Spot

We currently have 37 beautiful sites throughout the Tennessee Valley available for adoption. Find a spot near you.

Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Opportunities

Eager to get started? This form will let you sign up for TVA Natural and Cultural Resources volunteer opportunities that range from archaeology to conservation education and from trail maintenance to fish and wildlife education. Learn more or get the volunteer form.