The Ozark Folk Center State Park has an active volunteer program. Volunteers help in the gardens and greenhouse. They help guide school tours, give crafters breaks in their shops and assist visitors in the craft village. They help set up the stage for Ozark music programs, seat visitors and direct traffic at the music shows.
Volunteers become a part of the Ozark Folk Center State Park
family. If you would like to check out the volunteer opportunities at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
, call 870-269-3851 or fill out the Join our Team flier
and turn it in at the Administration Front Desk and we'll give you a call.
Want to get serious about your craft? Check out our apprentice program. This program offers you a chance to learn from a master craftsperson in your field. This program is for crafters who are interested in taking that next step – moving from being a student and taking classes; to starting their own studio and business. We have masters offering to take apprentices in the fields of pottery, weaving, soap making, wood turning, spinning, leather work, quilting, basket weaving, printing, gunsmithing, broom making and herbal gardening.
Apprentices are expected to work with their craftmaster in all areas of the business and learn everything from trade techniques to shop display. Each program is individually designed to work best for the craftmaster and apprentice, however, apprentices are expected to work at least eight hours a week with their craftmaster, study diligently on their own, help with production, assist with demonstrations of the craft, provide support in shop maintenance and purchase their own supplies.
There is no charge for this program, but applicants must be qualified. Interested apprentices must submit an application and examples of their work.
Ozark Folk Center State Park apprenticeships are usually three months in duration, though they can be tailored to your specific needs. Continued ed and college credit may be available through your institution. Upon approval of the craftmaster, the gift shop manager and the Ozark Folk Center State Park craft director, apprentices will be allowed to sell their pieces in the Homespun Gift Shop.
For more information or an application for the apprentice program, call Jeanette Larson, Ozark Folk Center State Park craft director at 870-269-3851.