Join our crew and volunteer with the Florida Trail Association. Our Volunteer Work Parties are a fun and unique way for you to connect with Florida’s wildlands and play a role in maintaining and constructing our scenic footpath.
Joining our community of trail maintainers is easy!
- Please complete a Volunteer Profile
- Connect to your Local Chapter
- Find a Volunteer Work Party below and follow the instructions to complete your registration.
We’ll see you on the Trail!
*In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the FTA team and our partners have dedicated extensive time and care into creating new and safe operating procedures for our FTA events and volunteer work parties. With these COVID-19 Operating Procedures in place, our focus is to minimize all participants’ possible exposure to the virus as much as possible. The comfort and safety of our FTA community members is of utmost priority to us.
Please be sure to continue checking this page for more volunteer events. We will be continually posting more work parties as they are confirmed throughout this maintenance season. We appreciate your patience at this time.
08-14: Osceola Maintenance Marathon
22-28: Rodman Dam, North Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance
30-01: Bull Creek Trail Maintenance
15-17: Three Lakes Trail Maintenance
04-10: Big Cypress 7 Mile Camp Backcountry Trail Maintenance
Click the links below to view current and past Chapter-led Volunteer Work Parties!
North Florida TrailBlazers
This list is a not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.
One large backpack for all your personal items
One day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Protective face mask
Personal container of hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer & cleaning supplies will also be provided by the FTA)
Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Camp mug or thermos for coffee (clean eating utensils will be provided by the FTA)
Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
One pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One pair of camp shoes (closed-toed)
*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.
Two (2) 32-ounce canteens or water bottles
OR One (1) 100-ounce hydration bladder bag (preferred)
*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day.This is your personal responsibility.
SUN & BUG PROTECTION:
Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, sun-shielding hat
Effective Bug Spray (DEET or Picardin-based recommended)
Head net (optional)
Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilet Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)
At Staff-led Volunteer Work Parties, we’ll provide gear and services.
Experienced Crew Leaders
STERILIZED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Extra Face Masks
Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, etc.)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Plates, Utensils, etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Potable Water, etc.)
Power available at select events
Most events are hosted in front-country campgrounds with full restroom facilities
Thanks for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!
At the FTA, we have three different kinds of Volunteer Work Parties:
With Staff-supported Volunteer Work Parties, our FTA staff coordinates event promotion, volunteer registrations, food purchasing, equipment procurement, crew leadership, and database entry. These events tend to be larger in scale and are closely supported by our team throughout the planning and management process.
Chapter-led Volunteer Work Parties are independently performed by our outstanding FTA volunteer chapters. As a volunteer-supported organization, the heart of FTA exists within each one of our 19 statewide chapters. Each chapter hosts maintenance projects, outdoor activities, and monthly chapter meetings. Find a local chapter near you!
Partner-led Volunteer Work Parties are conducted by our partner organizations, helping us to the bridge the gap between our community and the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA relies on its partner groups to maintain our trail systems and to help introduce new faces to the Florida Trail. We recognize that as service leaders, it is our duty to prepare the next generation of leaders to promote and protect the trail. We strive to connect our citizens to nature, share our wealth of knowledge and inspire them to action.