Essential Trail Maintenance Workshop

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Posted by: Alivia Acosta
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Join a full-day workshop with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Allentown Hiking Club on Father's Day to learn and apply new Trail Maintenance standards to the Appalachian Trail on Sunday, June 19th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. near New Tripoli, PA.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the Trail but one fun way to volunteer is to help with trail maintenance. Essential trail maintenance helps protect natural resources and improves the hiking experience. After grasping the basics, participants will be ready to join future work trips with A.T. maintaining clubs, or even adopt their own section of the Trail to maintain.

You gain valuable skills and conservation experience while alongside a welcoming community of dedicated individuals, benefit from a light workout, and get quality time outside as you make the A.T. a better place.

With almost 2,200 miles of Trail spanning across the east coast from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) provides a place of sanctuary from the bustle of the modern-day world for both human and wildlife communities alike. Since its inception as the first National Scenic Trail 100 years ago, the A.T. has always depended on volunteers - people like you who are willing to contribute their time, interest, and skills in order to make it all possible.

This training workshop will introduce new and experienced participants to modern maintenance practices for use on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. With a focus on safety, and based on area conditions, the course will be adapted to include relevant module options that may include: Trail Condition Assessment, Dealing with Water Issues, Brushing, Keeping Hikers on the Centerline, and Marking the Trail.

All tools, instructions, and personal protective equipment will be provided. You only need to bring the items listed below and an eagerness to participate in a hands-on stewardship learning opportunity.

Please be sure to wear long pants and sturdy boots. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the day, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, a rain jacket and personal work gloves.

Advanced registration necessary.