May 2020 Service Project Weekend

This project has been cancelled, we hope to be able to schedule our next project soon.

If you are interested in joining us and our amazing team of friends and volunteers by helping partner with locals in Colorado City and Hilldale to help renovate the Cherish Families building, we will be traveling down the weekend of May 8th – 10th, 2020. The weekend will be full of amazing opportunities & events, you as a volunteer are welcome to attend whatever you can.

Sunstone conference: Register separately here

Sunstone history tour
Fern Volunteers are invited to join Sunstone for a historical tour of the town. The tour will last 2.5 hours and we will be caravanning from site to site.

Service project
9am – 5:00PM
1. Mountainview Project
Our group will be helping Margaret Cooke landscape her new events center which used to be the FLDS schoolhouse.
2. Cherish Families Project
Our group will help the Cherish Families organization renovate their building so that they can get access and resources to Short Creek.

Noon: Lunch provided by Fern volunteers

5:00PM: Colorado City Music Festival
Several of our volunteers will be helping with the music festival. We will join them in the evening to enjoy the festival.
It is suggested that you bring money to support local vendors at the festival.

Hike in Water Canyon
Our group is planning on hiring our trusty local guide, Andrew Chatwin to take us on a beautiful hike in the edges of Zion National Park

1:00PM: Pack up and head out

Details & Costs

Details & Costs

Dates are May 8th – 10th. Project day will be the 9th.

Friday the 8th
To start things off, the Sunstone Short Creek Conference will take place. Sunstone symposiums sponsor rigorous, thoughtful, respectful discussions about all things Mormon. If you often find yourself thinking outside the Sunday school box. Schedule and speakers are still the works but we’ll keep you posted.

Slumber party that night with us in a large polygamous style home or feel free to find your own lodging.

Saturday May 9th Service Project Day
The service projects will take place on Saturday, we will have snacks, lunch, dinner available throughout the day. After the project we will attend the  Colorado City Music Festival where you can relax after our hard day’s work and listen to some great music.

Sunday May 10th Morning Hike
Short Creek local Andrew Chatwin will lead a hike for anyone who’d like to join in hiking up Water Canyon a moderate level hike with through a water-filled canyon with waterfalls, flowing stream, narrow cliff walls and a chance to get to know your volunteer friends better.

1- Cost for the Service Projects Day for all volunteers is $20 and will cover all of your meals for Saturday and reserve your spot on a project team.

2- We will have lodging available for $25/night per person*, staying in the old FLDS school, now Margaret Cooke’s events center. The money will go directly to her for use of the space and she will use that money to continue to renovate the property. Volunteers will need to bring their own bedding and towels. There are bathrooms and showers on site, but volunteers will be cosleeping together. This is one of the funnest parts of the project. There are late night conversations and great friendships formed. We also have folks from the town come spend time there to share their stories.

*This is a set fee. It reserves your spot to lodge at the Mountainview school house. You do not need to lodge all the nights, but the fee is set.

3- The Sunday morning hike will be $15. All funds go to pay our tour guide, Andrew Chatwin. Chatwin has lived in the community and is responsible for helping capture Warren Jeffs. His work is brave and controversial and he’s risked everything for that cause and we like to support him this way. Please make sure to pay the fees with the PayPal Button below.

Everyone is welcome to find their own lodging, you might start looking at places in Hurricane, St. George, and we encourage you to check out the lodging options in Short Creek to support the local community!

Private lodging is available. If you would like to lodge on your own, we recommend trying : Zion’s Most Wanted or  Zion’s Cozy Cabins

4. If you know anyone who would like to offer any type of financial support, please send them this link and let them know what we will be up to in May! As you all know, we are completely donation based and would love to do a great job with the decor at the Dream Center. That means we need to buy or have donated all of the necessary supplies. Any help is appreciated by volunteers and community members alike!

If there are any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact us!

Thanks everyone!!

Sign up Fees

All volunteers must first pay using the options below. After your payment is complete, you will be redirected to our sign up form.

Thank you for your support!

If you’d like to help but can’t make it onsite to our service project, please support us by making a donation to the project.

The Fern Foundation is a non-profit Utah Corporation. All donations are tax deductible.