Volunteer Opportunities

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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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Be part of the volunteer Trail Steward team to help protect the brand new Ashokan Rail Trail!

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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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Have a passion for the Appalachian Trail? Become a monitor of the trail boundaries that surround this historic, beloved trail.

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Are you interested in joining the Trail Conference Conservation Corps? Come learn what we're all about!

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Has all this snow and indoors time got you feeling a little "buggy"? Eager to get back outdoors and make a difference in protecting our natural areas from invasive pests? You can put that "bugginess" to good use by taking this workshop to learn how to search for an emerging invasive insect pest, spotted lanternfly, in this all-new Invasives Strike Force survey program called Spot the Spotted Lanternfly.

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Has all this snow and indoors time got you feeling a little "buggy"? Eager to get back outdoors and make a difference in protecting our natural areas from invasive pests? You can put that "bugginess" to good use by taking this workshop to learn how to search for an emerging invasive insect pest, spotted lanternfly, in this all-new Invasives Strike Force survey program called Spot the Spotted Lanternfly.

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Before you head out for your favorite hike - we want to help put your best foot forward with the fitness industry newest crave with a ground movement workout!

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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.
Trail U
We build trails and teach on-trails skill to our volunteers. Our classes range from Intro level in basic trail maintenance to advanced training in trail layout & design, rock work, and more. Workshops are usually held in the field on real trail projects.
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