REI is hosting two Wilderness Volunteers presentations, the first at the REI Conshohocken (Pennsylvania), on Jan 15 at 7PM, and REI Marlton, (New Jersey) on Feb 26 at 7 PM. You can get directions to either store by clicking on the links above.

Rick Volpe, a WV Board Member and veteran of 9 seasons of projects will be joined by other local Wilderness Volunteers participants to answer your questions about the organization and tell you what really happens on projects, and if the food is really that good (yes!). Find out more, and then take the plunge and sign up to Give Something Back to our wild lands in 2013.

From the REI Conshohocken website: Ever wonder who maintains and builds those trails you hike on? Who clears the fallen trees and brush, keeps invasive plant species at bay, or revegetates habitat and transforms those muddy, washed out sections of trail into navigable and inviting footpaths? People just like you – on service trips with Wilderness Volunteers. And we want you to come join us! A national nonprofit in its 15th year, Wilderness Volunteers partners with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to organize and promote volunteer service projects that would go undone without volunteer support – Wilderness Volunteers runs 50 week-long service trips each year throughout our national parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Stop by to learn what it’s like to spend a week “Giving Something Back” in some of the country’s most beautiful places and learn how you can join us on one of our 2013 projects, which run from March to October. For more information, visit