Since 1986 thousands of volunteers have worked with trained ADK trail crew leaders to complete trail maintenance and reconstruction projects all over the Adirondacks and Catskills. Volunteers are provided with the unique opportunity to “give something back” to the trails that they use. Trail work is demanding so volunteers should expect to be challenged both physically and mentally. Through the course of a trail project, volunteers will share the experience with other participants forming new friendships and memories. Ultimately, a quality trail project is completed by volunteer trail crews that will protect the natural resource for many years. A fun and rewarding experience is guaranteed. ADK provides leadership, group camping gear, tools, transportation from base camp, and food for multi-day projects. ADK’s volunteer base camp serves as the staging area for the four and five-day high school trail projects. It is located at the Adirondak Loj campground adjacent to Heart Lake. Project information including an equipment list will be sent to all volunteers upon registration.


ONE DAY PROJECTS

May 8, Spring Patrols

Open to all ages, participants will clear blowdown and clean drainages in the High Peaks Wilderness. Free camping will be available to registered participants.

COST: FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated.

June 5, ADK Trails Day

Open to all ages, participants have the option to work on a variety of projects around the Heart Lake Program Center located near Lake Placid, NY. Free camping will be available to registered participants.

COST: FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated.

October 16, Fall Trails Day, High Peaks Wilderness
This is the last chance to clean drainages of fallen leaves and other debris before the snow arrives. Trails located in the Adirondack High Peak Region will be the focus. Free camping will be available to registered participants.

COST: FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN-UP FOR THE PROJECTS LISTED ABOVE


Two-Day Projects

June 11–13, Dan Kane Work Weekend
Participants will spend the weekend at the John’s Brook Lodge.  The work will entail installing some stone turnpiking along the Phelps Trail and clearing blowdown on the WolfJaw Trails.  Food will be prepared by the ADK staff.

COST: FREE. There is no participation fee but donations are always appreciated.

Dane Kane Work Weekend Gear List
Project Release Form
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Four & Five-Day Projects

June 14–18, Great Camp Sagamore

Work will include installing bog bridging along the beaver flow trail. Anticipate getting your feet wet for this project.  Meals will be prepared by the staff at the Great Camp Sagamore.  The crew will stay at the historic Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake.  Participants will arrive during the mid-morning on Monday, and depart in the mid-afternoon on Friday.

COST: There is a $400 participation fee.

Great Camp Sagamore Gear List
Project Release Form
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June 21-25, Elk Lake

The focus will be on constructing and repairing a span bridge out of native materials. Meals will be prepared by the staff at the Elk Lake Lodge.  The crew will stay in one of the rooms at the Elk Lake Lodge.

COST: There is a $400 participation fee.

Elk Lake Gear List
Project Release Form
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