Volunteering in the High Alps Nature Park Zillertal Alps
For centuries, Alpine pastoralists, farmers, and lumberjacks have tweaked their landscape, which benefits from proper human intervention. Whether that means planting trees or clearing brush, few activities reconnect us to the land quite like conservation. And few are as satisfying as a summer’s week spent volunteering in Tyrol near the Italian border, where appetite-generating labor is rewarded with robust mountain fare. Case in point: crusty pancakes called Melchermuas and served for lunch with lingonberry jam. This kind of activity reconnects you to the land and to yourself; it’s the ideal antidote to a work week spent in an office cubicle. And when you’ve put down your gloves, lace up your boots: the 150-square-mile High Alps Nature Park Zillertal Alps awaits, complete with glaciers, trails, and wooden huts.