Volunteer Trail Work Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to give back to the trails you enjoy using? Fill out our Trail Work Volunteer Inquiry Form to indicate your interest and we will reach out about upcoming opportunities. Also scroll down to see a list of 2024 Community Trail Work Events.

What to Expect

Every trail project varies, depending on the location and the type of work we are doing. We typically plan half-day events, either in the morning or the afternoon. We begin by hiking to the section of trail where our work will take place with our tools and supplies. The type of work we do varies widely depending on the need, but can include cutting back vegetation, restoring eroded trail, improving trailheads, moving and spreading trail surface material,  constructing trail features, and removing invasive plants.

What should I bring/wear?

Trail work can be dirty work. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and closed-toed shoes. Bring water, snacks, and any medications you might require for the duration of the activity. Bring a backpack to carry your items as you will need your hands available to carry tools. GVLT provides safety equipment such as hard hats, gloves, tools, and experienced crew leaders.

Who can come?

The whole family is welcome! Children can participate as long as they are able to understand and abide by GVLT’s safety precautions. Adults that bring youth participants are responsible for their supervision at all times. In addition, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Under 12 years: One adult for every youth participant
  • 12-13 years: At least one adult for every 4-5 youth participants
  • 14 years and older: Can participate without an adult chaperone
  • All volunteers under 18 years: Legal guardian must sign a Parent/Guardian Permission Form

Where will the trail work be done?

GVLT focuses trail work on our signature trails:

  • Drinking Horse
  • Highland Glen Nature Preserve
  • Painted Hills
  • Triple Tree

At times we coordinate trail projects with partner groups and work on other trails around the Gallatin Valley.

2024 Community Trail Work Events

Additionally, we invite you to join us at our Community Trail Work Events. Please check back frequently for updates.

JUNE

Saturday, June 1 – National Trails Day

Wednesday, June 12 – with Dirt Concern

  • Triple Tree
  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Check back for signup form

JULY

Wednesday, July 10 – Ladies’ Trail Work Party

  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

Saturday, July 13

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

Wednesday, July 24

  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

AUGUST

Tuesday, August 13 – Ladies’ Trail Work Party

  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

Wednesday, August 21

  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 7

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

Wednesday, September 18 – Public Lands Celebration

  • 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Check back for location and signup form

OCTOBER

End of Season Volunteer Appreciation Party!

  • Check back for date, location, and time