"What to know before attending your first volunteer work party."
- It ain't rocket science. You will be able to figure it out and complete real work your first day.
- It is physically active, but there's no hurry. We say "slow and steady gets you there, like the tortoise and the hare."
- It is interesting and fun - creative and collaborative.
What are the jobs?
- Use pick and shovel to carve great trail from the hillside.
- Build wooden bridges; simple sawing and hammering.
- Build retaining walls with stone and timber.
- Repair historic granite culverts.
- Get really muddy digging ditches.
- Build up smooth solid treadway with gravel.
- Cut back brush and clear leaves and branches from trail.
What are the work locations like?
- Work sites are easy to get to. Parking is nearby, and the walk ins are short.
- However, in places where the trail is still under construction, work sites may be in thick brush, on uneven ground, with a lot of mud.
What to bring.
- Clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
- Sturdy footwear with non-slip soles.
- At least two bottles of water.
- Snacks always! (And lunch if you're staying all day.)
- Clothes for the weather - hot/sunny, cold/wet (you know it might be either . . . )
- Your own gloves if you want gloves that fit. (Or we've got some to lend that don't fit.)
- Anything else you normally like to bring when you go for a dayhike.
What does CVTA provide?
- Skilled project leader on-site all day.
- Teach work skills and safe practices.
- And we've got lots of tools for folks to use (but bring you own if you have a favorite!)