Trail Service Workshop – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
January 26-February 2
The ADK Supervised Volunteer Trails Program is once again heading south to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2020. 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 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 am to ~2pm. 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 Friday.
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 at the basecamp before 5 pm on January 26th, to have adequate time to get organized and situated before nightfall. Sunday, February 2nd is the departure date. Departure flights should be scheduled after 1pm on the 2nd so that you have adequate time to make it back to the St. Thomas airport. 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. – REGISTER NOW (FULL – call 518-523-3441 to be placed on a wait list)
Trail Steward/Maintainer Workshops
May 2 & September 26
These workshops are 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 2nd workshop will be conducted on the main hiking trail that ascends Arab Mountain in the town of Piercefield. The September 26th 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. Workshops are FREE – no participation fee, though donations appreciated.