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Celebrate trail building!


Be active, be outside, make a difference you can see.


Volunteers are needed mostly right out on the trail. There are also some "behind the scenes" opportunities at our office and projects suitable for a home workshop.


See below for already scheduled projects. Or contact us about helping at other times.


Volunteer Work Parties Scheduled

CVTA is happy to partner with Green Mountain United Way to put on volunteer opportunities for all abilities.

Spend a morning or afternoon this weekend getting your hands dirty. Everyone is welcome. Plenty to do for all ages and abilities. First time? Read our "What you need to know before attending a volunteer work party".


Meeting times: We'll meet at 9 AM each day, and you can stay as long as you like. (Projects generally are near the road, so you can park nearby and leave when you need to, or stay all day!) If you'd like to drop in at a later time, give us a call ahead of the work day and get directions to the project site. If a project has a different meeting time, that will be noted in the calendar listing here.


date meeting location description
Sat May 13 Central Vt Civic Center, Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier Show and tell hike along the route of our keystone project, getting the Cross Vt Trail off of Rte 2 and on to a path in the woods. Also, Green Up Day addendum - something tells me we'll be going farther down the bank from the road side than folks will have time for on the 6th, so I'll bring garbage bags.
Sat May 20 Johnnie Brook Rd, Richmomd, at the end of the road Working with Richmond Trail Committee to give some TLC to the grading and drainage on the steep pitch where the trail drops down from the end of the road towards the brook.
Sat May 27 Montpelier Bike Path behind VSECU parking lot (morning) and Hope Cemetery (Waterbury) in the afternoon. Once more to clear the knotweed along the Cross Vt Trail and the Winooski River. In our areas of focus we are starting to get ahead of the knotweed, allowing native plants to recover. Knotweed is a bad actor in the ecology (anthropomorphic judging alert, but hey, it's how I feel) and also bad alongside the trail (because left unchecked it grows into and blocks the way.)
Sat June 3 Blue Mt Union School parking lot National Trails Day! On the Wells River Conservation Trails, annual clean up, a small relocation, and putting up new signs.
Sat June 3 Plainfield Park & Ride (main street, near firestation) National Trails Day! Annual trail maintenance, brushing and clean up on the rail trail between Country Club Rd and Rte 14.
Sat June 10 Central Vt Civic Center, Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier We'll meet at the civic center and carpool to the trailhead in East Montpelier. If sunny, we will stain wooden bridges and board walks to help them weather longer. If raining, we will clear invasive plants along the Winooski River.
Sun June 11 Groton State Forest, Northern Parking Lot on Rt 232 Annual trail maintenance, brushing and clean up along trails in the state forest (including Rail Trail Connector Trail, Telephone Line Trail, and Cross Vt Trail on the railbed.)
Sat Jun 24 Morse Farm, 1168 Cty Rd, E. Montpelier Central Vt Cycle Tour - set up and mark the course. Volunteers get a free registration, so this is a good way to volunteer with the Tour and still have all day Sunday to ride. Plus, you get to scope the course ahead of time (you know, like Steve McQueen recommended at Le Mans).
Sun June 25 Morse Farm, 1168 Cty Rd, E. Montpelier Central Vt Cycle Tour - on the day of our big annual meeting and fundraiser event, help is needed in two big areas. Help staff a food table along the route, good chance to meet and chat with all the riders. Or, help in the morning with set up and registering participants as they arrive.
Sun July 2 Cherry Tree Hill Rd, East Montp Trail trailhead We are building a new section of trail, extending the East Montpelier Trail to connect, eventually, with U32. The trailhead is on Cherry Tree Hill Rd, about 1/3 mile from Towne Hill Rd. This is "Trailhead F" [for festive, of course] on the East Montpelier Trails brochure.
Sat July 8 Cherry Tree Hill Rd, East Montp Trail trailhead We are building a new section of trail, extending the East Montpelier Trail to connect, eventually, with U32. The trailhead is on Cherry Tree Hill Rd, about 1/3 mile from Towne Hill Rd. This is "Trailhead F" [for feefifofum, of course] on the East Montpelier Trails brochure.
Sat July 15 Cherry Tree Hill Rd, East Montp Trail trailhead We are building a new section of trail, extending the East Montpelier Trail to connect, eventually, with U32. The trailhead is on Cherry Tree Hill Rd, about 1/3 mile from Towne Hill Rd. This is "Trailhead F" [for falderdal, of course] on the East Montpelier Trails brochure.
Fri night June 28 - Sun afternoon 7/30 Big Deer State Park, Groton State Forest New this year: Volunteer Weekend in Groton State Forest. Come spend the last weekend in July with us camping out near Lake Groton. We'll spend a day doing heavy work rebuilding a section of a multi use trail, and a second day exploring the peaks and ponds of the state forest. Arrive Friday night 7/28 and depart Sunday afternoon 7/30. No fee, site in campground with hot showers and all you can eat hearty food included. Thanks for your help on the trail!
July 31 - Aug 20 Big Deer State Park, Groton State Forest Run away and join the trail crew for a day - or longer! Pitch in with our "volunteer vacation" crews who are spending August completing some larger projects. This year we are focusing on rebuilding a section of the Telephone Line Trail in Groton State Forest. Give a call to get details on where to meet us any given day.
Oct 10 - Oct 15 Big 'use count' week. We'll set up locations with each volunteer. Let's make a big push to gather (relatively) scientific counts of trail use during a 'typical' foliage season week. Sit in the sunshine, shielded from the brisk fall weather by your white lab coat and chemical splash glasses, and follow a simple counting protocol to measure trail use. The data will mesh with similar data being gathered by Vt Agency of Transportation on bike paths, and nationally. Give us a call to sign up and get involved.

Youth Groups and Community Service Organizations

Schedule your own work party. CVTA staff can work with you directly on a day that is best for your program.

Independent Project for people who want to put their own stamp on a section of trail

Already have some skills and want to be in charge of your own spot from start to finish? We can set you up with some blank canvas to work with on your own time.

Volunteer Vacations Scheduled for 2017

New this year: Volunteer Weekend in Groton State Forest. Come spend the last weekend in July with us camping out near Lake Groton. We'll spend a day doing heavy work rebuilding a section of a multi use trail, and a second day exploring the peaks and ponds of the state forest. Arrive Friday night 7/28 and depart Sunday afternoon 7/30. No fee, site in campground with hot showers and all you can eat hearty food included. Thanks for your help on the trail!


Or, spend a full week (or three!) camping out with us completing a large project. More Information.

Local folks are welcome to join in on the projects for as little as a few hours.

Give a call to find out where to connect with the crew each day.


dates co-sponsor location description
arrive on July 30
depart on August 5
American Hiking Society Marshfield, Groton and Newbury. Trail work in Groton State Forest and on state owned portions of old Montpelier - Wells River railbed.
arrive on August 7
depart on August 22
Volunteers for Peace Statewide. Help improve local trails all along the Cross Vermont route.

More Volunteer Goings-On

Trail Adopter

Is there a section of the Cross Vermont Trail that you especially enjoy visiting? We can set you up as an official adopter who helps keep tabs on the trail, making it ship shape. CVTA Trail Maintainers Guide (PDF 553KB) is an introduction to the basics of helping to take care of a section of the Cross Vermont Trail.

Carpentry at Home

Design and prep in your shop wooden bridges for assembly out on the trail.

White Collar Skilled Labor or Internships

Engineer, Lawyer, Accountant - or studying to be one? Your volunteer work "under the hood" of the CVTA will ennable us to get more done on the ground.

Trail Use Survey

Sit in a lawn chair outside on a sunny day! We are looking for folks to spend some time at trailheads, counting the number of users on the trail. It's our contribution to the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project (the NBPDS). (We're also set up to gather data compatible with the trail use counts already being done by VTrans at some heavily used sites, such as the Montpelier Bike Path by the Dept of Labor Parking lot, rest assured.) Ready? The basic idea is to do a number of counts, then average them to provide one "usage number" for that trail, for that time of day, for time of year. Each set of counts should be: 1.) at the same location 2.) at the same two hour block of time (such as 11 AM to 1 PM or 5 PM to 7 PM) and 3.) be carried out on three weekdays and three weekend days, either all in one week (consecutive days Tues through Sun) OR do one weekday and one weekend day per week for three consecutive weeks. Then, the raw numbers are plugged through a formula provided by NBPDS to calculate an "average users per day" number that has (some) validity. Got it? Wanna help? Give a call! Already helping and need another copy of the tally sheet? Here it is: CVTA Use Count tally sheet.

Pleasantly Mindless Office Tasks

Collating papers, stuffing envelopes, idle conversation around the folding table - sound calming? We occasionally have such get togethers.

You name it

Tell us your idea!