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Volunteer Opportunities

 Volunteers are the backbone, heart, soul, mind, and muscle of PATC. With volunteer effort, PATC maintains over 1,000 miles of trails, manages 1,000 acres of land and oversees 60 cabins and shelters. Please volunteer some of your spare time...we need you!
PATC has numerous volunteer opportunities available. There is something available for just about everybody, from maintaining a section of the AT to taking cabins reservations; from helping to organize the club's archives to leading nature hikes. Some volunteer activities will allow you to enjoy solitude on your own section of trail; other activities will allow you to meet and spend time with lots of other like-minded people.
Use the menu links (left) to learn more about the variety of PATC volunteer opportunities.


Shelter Construction Crew
~ Henry Horn ~ 301/498-8254,
Work will start up May 20th and 21st weather permitting  Weekday and weekend crew members needed to build the NEW Whiskey Hollow Shelter. Call or email for details. No experience necessary.

Reporting Your Volunteer Hours

Accurate and timely work reporting is essential to our efforts to manage our trail system, as well as our huts, cabins, publications, and headquarters operations. Work reports allow us to determine the amount of labor required by specific tasks, and predict the need for additional volunteers. Our various partners (the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Shenandoah National Park, GW National Forest, and others) use our cumulative work reports to procure funding for their conservation efforts.

The PATC provides an on-line set of work reporting forms that make the process simple and convenient (mailed forms are also welcome). The on-line forms can be accessed via the "Volunteer Menu".  You will need to Log On to use the Trail Work Reporting form.  

New Boots

The PATC thanks the following new volunteers and current overseers taking on additional tasks:

Volunteers Appointed in April

Robert Fina                             Jim & Molly Denton shelter

Jim Fetig                                 AT ~ Viewpoint Trail to Jenkins Gap
Dennis Helfrick                        Old AT / Purple Trail
Kevin Kramer                          Tuscarora Trail ~ PA Rt. 641 to Fannettsburg Road
Margeau Faticone                   Little Run Loop
Marc Thomas                          Whitehaven Trail
Phyllis Kimmel                         Battery Kemble Trail

Volunteers Appointed in March

Robert Compton                      AT ~ VA 55 to Rte. 638
Rachael Cahill                         AT ~ VA 55 to Rte. 638
Luke Lisell                               Jeremys Run Trail (upper)
Mike Allen                               Catoctin Trail ~ Yellow Poplar Trail to Gambrill Park Rd
Mike Allen                               Black Locust
Dick Kerr                                 Cabin John Trail ~ Tuckerman Lane [parking] to Goya Drive [parking]
Kathy Fairfield                         Overlook Spur Trail
Merian Schroeder                   Overlook Spur Trail
Scott Kupres                           Chopawamsic Trail
Ralph Kerr                               Laurel Loop Trail
Bruce Clark                             Lions Tale
Zoe Sollenberger                    Lions Tale


Next Generation of Trail Overseer