Volunteer Opportunities

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Get out on the trails and also help with our maps and books by becoming a Publications Field Checker! You can play an important role in the production of our maps and books by helping to review and verify maps, trail descriptions, and information about a park as part of a map or book project.

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Do you have an interest in our maps and books and want to help with their production? The Publications Committee is a group of trail-loving volunteers who work hard to produce quality publications, and we could use your help!

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If you love writing and are passionate about the trails, join our Publications Committee's efforts to produce high-quality guidebooks and hike descriptions for the region! A Publications Author is responsible for creating new content or updating existing content for our guidebooks, maps, online hike descriptions, or other resources.

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If you have an interest in helping to manage the production of a map or book, consider becoming a Publications Project Manager! The duties vary depending on the type and scope of each project, but the Project Manager plays a key role in organizing the project and seeing it through to completion.

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Do you love being outdoors and searching for interesting critters and plants in nature? Or maybe you love taking photos when you are out hiking or gardening? Or maybe you just love scavenger hunts! Our EcoQuest surveys allow you to become a part of the action and help us document invasive species in our region while having fun in the process!

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Looking for group volunteer adventures across our regions that are convenient for your schedule?

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Join one of our Trail Crews for a day or a full season restoring and building sustainable trails for all!

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Become a part of the Trail Conference family and adopt a trail of your very own!

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Do you want to help protect our native habitats? Do you want to learn how to garden for wildlife? Join the Habitat Helpers to care for native plantings at the Trail Conference headquarters!

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Do you enjoy birds, butterflies, and wildflowers? Would you like to help protect them? Come help us remove invasive plants from this beautiful park!

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Ever wonder how trails are built and restored? If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, this hands-on look at how great trails are made is for you!

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Whether you're an experienced maintainer or new on the trails, join us in ensuring that the trails stay clear and passable for the enjoyment of all trail lovers!

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Ever wonder how trails are built and restored? If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, this hands-on look at how great trails are made is for you!

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Join the Catskills Trail Crew for some fun in the mud on the Long Path at the base of Indian Head!

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Join the Catskills Trail Crew for some fun in the mud on the Long Path at the base of Indian Head!

Worktrip

Ever wonder how trails are built and restored? If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, this hands-on look at how great trails are made is for you!

Worktrip

Join the Catskills Trail Crew for some fun in the mud on the Long Path at the base of Indian Head!

Worktrip

Ever wonder how trails are built and restored? If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, this hands-on look at how great trails are made is for you!

Worktrip

Join the Catskills Trail Crew for some fun in the mud on the Long Path at the base of Indian Head!

E.g., 09/27/2022
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Have you noticed the stone structures on a trail such as stairs, walls, or stepping stones? Ever wonder how or why they are there? Take this workshop to find out!

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Have you noticed that some trails are more eroded than others? Ever felt like the trail you were following was a stream bed? Take this workshop to find out why and learn how this can be prevented!

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Join the Palisades Trail Crew to learn all about how to use simple hand tools to construct sustainable trail tread, and keep it in good shape for the long haul!

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Ever wonder how trail builders move large stone and logs to build trail structures? Join us to learn how!

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We are partnering with The TrailBound Project Outdoor School to provide free intro-level courses to help prepare you for your next adventure!

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Have you noticed the stone structures on a trail such as stairs, walls, or stepping stones? Ever wonder how or why they are there? Take this workshop to find out!

Workshop

Join the Palisades Trail Crew to learn all about how to use simple hand tools to construct sustainable trail tread, and keep it in good shape for the long haul!

Workshop

We are partnering with The TrailBound Project Outdoor School to provide free intro-level courses to help prepare you for your next adventure!

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We are partnering with The TrailBound Project Outdoor School to provide free intro-level courses to help prepare you for your next adventure!

Our Volunteers Rock

COVID-19 Volunteer Protocols
As caretakers of the region’s trails and natural areas, the Trail Conference puts the safety of our service members, staff, and trail users first and foremost.
Questions?
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about volunteering with the Trail Conference.

Building, Maintaining, and Protecting Trails

The Trail Conference is supported by more than 1,700 volunteers who annually donate over 93,000 hours of time to keep trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public.

Our volunteers are hard at work in the field...

  • Building new trails and rehabilitating old ones 
  • Keeping trails accessible for fellow users
  • Monitoring and removing invasive species

... and off-trail

  • Protecting trail lands through advocacy, conservation, and stewardship efforts
  • Using their professional skills to help support our mission

Outside or inside, close to home or at your go-to weekend trail destination, we aim to connect you with the volunteer opportunity that is right for you. Tell us how you'd like to be involved!

Adopt A Trail
There's trail out there that needs you! Volunteers who "adopt" a trail do the on-the-ground work to ensure it remains open and safe for fellow users. 
Get Out With Us
We're a community of volunteers who build and maintain hiking trails. Grab your workgloves and spent a day on a trail crew. Or, we can match your group to the right trail project.