December 6, 2009

Get Involved

There are quite a few ways you can get involved with us here at The EDGE!

Regular opportunities include volunteering individually or with your club/leadership group/church at one of our Pitch In On The Piedmont events, held every Fall and Spring semester. Throughout the year we hire people who have a passion for Team Development.. There are other ways to join our EDGE family. Information for several opportunities are listed below. Keep checking back for live links and updates, and feel welcome to email us at edge@gmu.edu with any questions you may have. 


Volunteer Opportunities

Pitch In on the Piedmont |Saturday, April 23, 2022

This event calls for volunteers who are ready for some hands-on fun as they help us spread mulch, stain our elements, or manage invasive plants around the Piedmont Trail. The continued care of this path allows us to ensure that our course is always at its best, thus protecting both the environment and future EDGE course participants. 

The Piedmont Trail is a walking, hiking, and running 1.2-mile loop situated within a 30-acre hardwood forest and wetland on the Mason Science & Technology campus near the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. George Mason University students, staff, and community members work side by side to move a mountain of mulch. Equipment and tools provided. 

Bring water to stay hydrated, gloves if you have them and a snack. Wear comfortable clothing (layers) and closed-toed and -heeled shoes that you won’t mind getting dirty or wet—and a smile! 

We will post a link shortly so you can sign yourself up. If you would like more information, feel welcome to reach out to our team at edge@gmu.edu. 

School, Community, and Scouting Projects 

If you have an idea for a volunteer project, you are welcome to pitch it to us! Keep in mind that we have a very small core staff and likely won’t be able to provide significant oversight. We have a long history of working with scouts, and many of us were scouts and leaders. We are also deeply committed to the environment, and projects such as mapping non-native, invasive plants or

Internship Opportunities

Working with The EDGE is fun and educational! During your time working with us you will earn valuable transferrable skills to prepare you for a successful future. Our interns work in partnership with EDGE administrative team members and senior facilitators to meaningfully impact our operations, marketing materials, and community engagement. 

Are you a student pursuing a degree in Environmental and Sustainability studies, Education, Sport, Recreation, Tourism Management, Business and Marketing, Leadership, Conflict Resolution, or even still exploring? Not a Mason student? We have worked with non-Mason students in the past, and had terrific experiences all around.

Let’s talk about how we can build a better team together! 

Contact Dave Heath for more information, dheath@gmu.edu. 

Play and Learn Workshops

New for 2022! We are starting a monthly series of Play and Learn workshops. 

Upcoming dates: 

  • March 12 To register click HERE
    • Note: for this program we are not charging a fee. We are inviting people to contribute to our Foundation: a kind of “donate what you can.” We use our Foundation funds to engage with schools that otherwise might not be able to afford a field trip with The EDGE.
  • April 9 
  • May 14 

These are full-day (9am-2:30pm) opportunities to learn OR present some new group team building activities or reflection strategies, to share and grow your knowledge of experiential learning, to build your network, and to have fun! 

While there is a theme each month, these workshops are open to anyone in our region. We focus on lawn-based/portable initiatives as well as ground-based elements on our Challenge Course, with a diverse range of topics including: 

  • One Initiative Framed Five Ways 
  • Large Group/No Prop Initiatives 
  • Adapting Initiatives for Physical Differences 
  • Group Management–in general, or for specific groups (ex: participants with auditory processing differences) 
  • Group Management for Risk Mitigation 
  • Facilitating Neurodiverse Participants 
  • Framing Activities & Initiatives for Specific (Hoped-for) Outcomes/Themes/Learnings 

There is a modest price for the workshops in March, April, and May and–weather permitting–we will open our Alpine Tower at the end of the day as a bonus! 

To be added to our Play and Learn Mailing list, email edge@gmu.edu.