Florida Trail Association

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!


SEPTEMBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

OCTOBER: 
08-15: Ocala National Forest Western Corridor Puncheon Project (Week 1)
12-14: Seminole State Forest Trail Maintenance
17-24: Ocala National Forest Western Corridor Puncheon Project (Week 2)
26-28: Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area Trail Maintenance
26-02: Rodman Dam/Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance 

NOVEMBER:
01-09: Osceola Maintenance Marathon
10 **DATE CHANGE (work party changed from weekend to a single day event)**: Apalachicola National Forest Trail Maintenance
09-11: Prairie Lakes Trail Maintenance
09-15: Stephen Foster State Park, Suwannee River Trail Maintenance
09-16: Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail Maintenance
18-21: KICCO Trail Maintenance
26-02: Holton Creek, Suwannee River Trail Maintenance
26-02: Kissimmee River Trail Maintenance
30-02: Econfina Creek Trail Maintenance

DECEMBER:
01: Spring Hammock Trail Improvement Projects
07-09: Ocala National Forest Western Corridor Puncheon Project
14-19: Ocala National Forest Western Corridor Puncheon Project

JANUARY:
11-13: Yellow River Ravines Trail Maintenance (*We are currently in the process of confirming details for this work party… Please stay tuned!)
18-20: Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area Trail Maintenance
18-25: Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail Maintenance
30-05: Big Cypress National Preserve Trail Maintenance 

FEBRUARY:
08-10: Aucilla Trail Maintenance (*We are currently in the process of confirming details for this work party… Please stay tuned!)

MARCH:
01-03: Econfina Creek Trail Maintenance

APRIL:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

SEPTEMBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

OCTOBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

NOVEMBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

DECEMBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

JANUARY:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

FEBRUARY:
Framing Our Community, Open Opportunities

MARCH:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

APRIL:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

SEPTEMBER:

28-30: 6th Annual Trail Skills Training 

OCTOBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

NOVEMBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

DECEMBER:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

JANUARY:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

FEBRUARY:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

MARCH:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

APRIL:
No volunteer events currently scheduled

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)

SLEEP/CAMP:
Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Pillow
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Eye Shades

EAT:
Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils

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.

LIGHT/FIRE:
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Small lighter in waterproof container or plastic bag.

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 PROTECTION:
Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, baseball hat or other sun-shielding hat

INSECTS:
DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

TOILETRIES:
Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilette Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

CELL PHONES:
Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip.

SAFETY:
Safety Whistle

BEYOND THE BASICS:
Trekking Poles
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Packable Lantern
Notebook and Pen
Book (for camp!)
Camera and Memory Cards

At Staff-led Volunteer Work Parties, we’ll provide gear and services.

CREW:
Experienced Crew Leaders
Select events are staffed by FTA Regional Representatives and Technical Advisors

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Gloves

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, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)

POTABLE WATER SOURCES:
Water

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 18 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.