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!
*We are currently at the end of our volunteer maintenance season for 2019-2020. Please check this page again August 2020 for our next volunteer work party schedule for Fall 2020 through Spring 2021.
27-29: Ocala National Forest Western Corridor Trail Maintenance with REI
11-13: Pine Log State Forest, Econfina Trail Maintenance
16-22: Osceola Maintenance Marathon
25-27: Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area Trail Maintenance
25-31: Rodman Dam/Ocala National Forest Trail Maintenance
01-03: Pine Log State Forest, Econfina Trail Maintenance
01-07: Stephen Foster State Park, Suwannee River Trail Maintenance
08-10: Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area Trail Maintenance
12-17: Kissimmee River Trail Maintenance
15-21: Juniper Prairie Wilderness & Western Corridor Trail Maintenance
17-21: Town of KICCO Trail Maintenance
22-24: Apalachicola National Forest Trail Maintenance
05-11: Big Cypress 13 Mile Camp Backcountry Trail Maintenance
07-09: Econfina Trail Maintenance
20-23: Withlacoochee State Forest Trail Maintenance
No volunteer events currently scheduled
No volunteer events currently scheduled
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)
Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Bring a Cup, a Bowl and Eating Utensils
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.
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight
Small lighter in waterproof container or plastic bag.
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.
Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, baseball hat or other sun-shielding hat
DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, shaving kit, etc.), Toilette Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel
Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)
Cell phone and charger to contact us, prior to the trip.
BEYOND THE BASICS:
Energy Food (Bars, Gels, Chews, Trail Mix)
Energy Beverage or Drink Mixes
Notebook and Pen
Book (for camp!)
Camera and Memory Cards
At Staff-led Volunteer Work Parties, we’ll provide gear and services.
Experienced Crew Leaders
Select events are staffed by FTA Regional Representatives and Technical Advisors
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT(PPE):
Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, Etc.)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)
POTABLE WATER SOURCES:
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.