Building More Than Trails

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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!

  1. Please complete a Volunteer Profile
  2. Connect to your Local Chapter
  3. 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.

2020

OCTOBER:
08-14: Osceola Maintenance Marathon
22-28: Rodman Dam, North Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance
30-01: Bull Creek Trail Maintenance

NOVEMBER:
12-17: Holton Creek, Suwannee River Trail Maintenance 
13-15: Prairie Lakes Trail Maintenance
19-24: Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail Maintenance

DECEMBER:
03-09: Stephen Foster State Park, Suwannee River Trail Maintenance
04-06: Big Cypress National Preserve Frontcountry Trail Maintenance

2021

JANUARY:
15-17: Three Lakes Trail Maintenance

FEBRURARY:
04-10: Big Cypress 7 Mile Camp Trail Maintenance (Backcountry)

This list is a not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

BACKPACK:
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)
Safety whistle
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)

SLEEP/CAMP:
Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Pillow
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Camp mug or thermos for coffee (clean eating utensils will be provided by the FTA)

CLOTHES:
Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
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

SHOES:
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.

WATER:*
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)

TOILETRIES:
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.

CREW:
Experienced Crew Leaders

STERILIZED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Gloves
Extra Face Masks

TRAIL TOOLS:
Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, etc.)

FOOD:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Plates, Utensils, etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Potable Water, etc.)

POWER SOURCES:
Power available at select events

RESTROOM FACILITIES:
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.