Giving your time is one of the easiest ways you can help trails and conservation in Southwest Montana. Whether you have an hour or a few, you can make an impact. We have a number of ways you can give your time such as trail maintenance or becoming a trail ambassador. We also seek volunteers to help in our office and at special events.
Types of Projects
We offer a number of different opportunities and commitment levels for our volunteers. Below are the main areas where we seek volunteers.
1. Community Work Days
If you want to help but don’t have the time to commit on a regular basis, please join us for our community trail maintenance projects. We need your help to make sure the trails stay in excellent condition. RSVP is requested for each volunteer event.
Upcoming Trail Work Days
Saturday April 13 – Earth Day at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park – contact MT State Parks at Lewis and Clark Caverns
Saturday April 20 (8am-noon) – Bozeman Clean Up Day/Earth Day – City of Bozeman
Tuesday May 7 (6-8PM) – Highland Glen Nature Preserve – RSVP to GVLT
Saturday May 11 – Hyalite Clean Up – Friends of Hyalite
Thursday May 23 (6-8PM) – Painted Hills Connector – RSVP to GVLT
Saturday June 1 – National Trails Day at location TBD – GVLT, no RSVP necessary
Thursday June 11 (6-8PM) – Story Hills– RSVP to GVLT
July 5-7 – Lion Head – contact SWMMBA
Thursday July 18 (9-11AM) – Highland Glen Nature Preserve – RSVP to GVLT
Tuesday Sept 10 (1-4PM) – Painted Hills Connector – RSVP to GVLT
Saturday Sept 28 – National Public Lands Day at Copper City – contact SWMMBA
2. Organize a Group
GVLT relies on volunteer groups from businesses, organizations, or clubs to help keep our trails in tip top shape. Trail maintenance is typically seasonal so we schedule group trail projects in May through October. Typical projects include things like gravel resurfacing, weed management, and brush trimming. Volunteering together can be great team building for your organization!
3. Project Matching
Volunteers can help GVLT in so many different ways. Whether a short term project, a special skill set, or a regular commitment, you can make a difference. However, as a small organization our volunteer needs are not constant and consistent. Because of this we use a matching system to place volunteers with projects, programs, and needs within our organization throughout the year. Please fill out the application so we know more about your availability, interests, and skills. If we do not have a need for your volunteer time immediately, we will keep your information on hand and reach out when something comes up.
Examples of types of volunteer needs:
- Trail Ambassadors
- Guided walk leaders and sweepers
- Event support
- Office work
- Grants research
- Database support
Simple Things Anyone Can Do To Support GVLT
- Pick up trash on the trail
- Scoop dog poop at your favorite park
- Notify GVLT of trail maintenance needs
- Advocate for GVLT’s work to your friends and family
- Encourage your business to support GVLT
- Share a testimonial about your love of trails and conservation with us, we want to hear it!
- Smile on the trails, spread kindness!
- Use #outsideisin and #gvlt in social media posts to share the message and show up on our website.
Communications and Outreach Manager