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We depend on Volunteers to support  everything we do.....1000+ miles of trails we maintain, 80+ cabins & shelters, maps & guidebooks, training classes, and the hiking  experiences we lead.  All volunteers are welcome of any age or backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard & have a great time giving back to preserve our footpaths. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in tasks are essential.    No matter your age or skill, your help is needed.

Volunteers Needed

Trail Maintenance
PATC sponsors a number of trail crews which are organized geographically within our territory.  If you are outside the DC area, many of the trails crews are also associated with one of our Chapters.   Basic trail work includes keeping the footpath clear by managing natural overgrowth, removing obstacles from the tread, controlling erosion, and ensuring that blazes and signage are clear and obvious.   Crews also tackle larger trail tasks like building or maintaining foot bridges, building and relocating sections of the footpath or caring for overnight sites.
Requirements:  No prior experience required; we will train on the job, just bring your enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:    Choose the best location for you & click on the Trail Crew to email the crew leader

MD Battlefield Park
Shenandoah North
Shenandoah Central
Shenandoah South           
Bull Run Occoquan Trail
  Trail Crew
Yankee Clippers
South Mountaineers 
Old Line Crew
Blue and White Crew 
Flying Mcleods   
Potomac Crew            
Great North Mountain
DC Metro            
Wolf Trap
Prince William Forest Park 
    Trail Crew
Stonewall Brigade

Rock Creek Filibusters                
Wolf Trap Trail Performers          
Spooky Beavers 
Cadillac Crew
Acme Treadway Company

You can also join one of our 
Week long Work Crews

New Boots -

Volunteers Appointed in February


Maston Gray             Co-District Manager                Virginia South AT District

Marshall K. Snyder                                                   Scothorn Gap Trail

Michael Dlugos                                                         1st Manassas [west sec.] Trail

Mariah Burgess        Co-overseer                             Brown Mountain Trail

Bruce Clark                                                               Manassanutten Mt. South ~ 211 to Edinberg Gap

Volunteers Appointed in December & January


Rebecca Harriet                                AT ~ Potomac River to Shenandoah River

William Needham                              White Oak Trail (middle)

Peter Henry                                       Hannah Run Trail (upper)

Gina Cicotello                                    Hannah Run Trail (upper)

John Kreck                                        Hannah Run Trail (lower)

Russell Riggs                                    Cedar Run (Upper)

Steve Paull                                        Pocosin Hollow Trail

Bruce Reynolds                                 Miller's Head Trail

Terry & Susan Richman                    White Rocks Trail

Margaret Gore                                   Massanutten Trail ~ Fort Valley Overlook to Signal Knob       

Randee & Will Wheeler                     Half-moon & Half-moon Lookout Trail

Mark Walkup                                     Johns Rest Trail

Anna Porter                                       Hightop Hut Access Road

Greg King                                          Chancellor History Loop

Hike Leaders
Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. We cover how to handle backcountry medical emergencies, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing, map reading and navigation, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and trail-based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers.

Requirements:     Attend Hike Leadership class, fee may be required
To Volunteer:      Contact the Hike Leader Chair  

Trail Patrol
Trail Patrol volunteers hike in the Maryland, Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern West Virginia, and D.C. region offering assistance and information to hikers and backpackers, helping  fellow hikers understand how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.   Additionally, they report trail conditions to the volunteer Trail Crews who maintain the region’s trails.

Attend the Trail Patrol training class
Trail Patrol Web Site and Class Information:  Click Here
To Volunteer:     Send an email to the Trail Patrol training leader   

Cabin & Shelter Maintenance
The 80+ cabins & shelters which PATC maintains in the Mid-Atlantic area require regular maintenance & upkeep.   Each cabin or shelter has an Overseer who provides direct support, however for larger jobs, more hands are needed.   The Cabin and Shelter Crews work with the Overseer on larger projects including renovation and major rehabilitation.  

  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Cabins: Visit our Cabin Construction and Maintenance page or email the Cabin Coordinator. Shelters: email the Shelter Maintenance Coordinator to connect with volunteer projects in your area

Youth & Scout Experiences
There are always projects and/or activities underway involving youth or Scout experiences in nature.   

Requirements:  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Email the Youth/Scout Experience Chair
More Opportunities
They are many more opportunities to Volunteer .....some requiring experience with PATC like phone answering at PATC HQ office in Vienna, VA or publishing guidebooks, the newsletter or maps and many more.   Since this is a 100% volunteer organization, we also need & appreciate good volunteers.   See even more opportunities and contacts.