Workshops and Special Events

Trail Steward/Maintainer Workshop

This workshop is intended to give trail maintainers an understanding of basic trail maintenance concepts and standards and is mandatory for aspiring ADK Trail Stewards. Topics that will be demonstrated and discussed are cleaning drainage, blowdown removal, sidecutting, and trail marking. The May 9 workshop will be conducted on the main hiking trail that ascends Arab Mountain in the town of Piercefield. The June 20 workshop will be held on the short trail to Severance Hill which is located just south of exit 28 off of Interstate 87. The October 10 workshop will be held on the main hiking trail that ascends Blue Mountain in the town of Blue Mountain Lake. Detailed directions are included when you register. FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated.

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 focused on. FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated. See a detailed project list and to register for a project.

St. John, U.S. Virgin Island Trail Service Project

The ADK Supervised Volunteer Trails Program is once again heading south to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2018. Working with the Friends of Virgin Island National Park well established volunteer program, ADK volunteers will help maintain the network of trails that exists on St. John. The trail project will consist of clearing brush away from trails, ruins, or at vistas like the picture to the left. The crew will also be constructing water bars, digging ditches, and establishing new trail sections.

Participants will work on the trail Sunday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. The Volunteer Leader will transport the crew to the work site each day. On your days off and after each workday, volunteers are free to explore the surrounding trails, snorkel, or to relax on the beach located a short distance from base camp. The Volunteer Leader will provide trail work instruction and all tools required.

The VINP Cinnamon Bay Campground has a dedicated base camp that volunteers stay at. The base camp consists of five 12’ by 16’ tent platforms with Eureka cabin tents, each with three sleeping cots. Tents are under large tarps hung above to provide rain protection and to allow for air circulation. There are propane stoves, ice chests and food storage boxes for group use. All cooking equipment (pots, pans, utensils and eating materials) are also provided.  All meals are included except for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday.

The participation fee for this service project is $380.00 per person. Transportation to and from St. John and the base camp is the responsibility of the individual. It is suggested that participants arrive on Saturday, January 27, to have Sunday to get organized and situated. Saturday, February 3 is the departure date. Participants are welcome to stay longer or arrive before the beginning of the service project at their own expense.

Upon registering, a complete information packet will be emailed to participants that will include an equipment & gear list and directions.