2024 Project Schedule

 1. Be advised that it can take up to 7 business days for your application to be reviewed, followed-up with (if necessary), and accepted or declined. We do our best to meet this timeframe and appreciate your patience. 

2. Submitting your application does not mean you have been accepted to a project. We will do our best to process applications in a timely manner. We do not process applications when our offices are closed (weekends and major holidays), and it is possible for your application to be waitlisted if the project becomes full.

3. If you are new to Wilderness Volunteers or if you are applying for a challenging project, expect a call or email from our staff. We have a 15-20 minute chat to review what to expect on a Wilderness Volunteers project, answer questions, and ensure that the project you’ve applied for is a good match. 

Saguaro National Park
03/06/2024 – 03/09/2024
Completed

Location: Saguaro National Park (east), AZ
Strenuous. Pulling buffelgrass.
Front country. Dispersed tent camping.

Help eradicate the invasive buffelgrass and fountain grass! Spend 4 days in the desert digging out this problematic invasive as we continue to help to give natural vegetation a chance.

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Joshua Tree National Park
03/10/2024 – 03/16/2024
Completed

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Strenuous: A max of 5-10 mile daily hikes with ~800′ elevation change
Front country: Tent camping near cars

Join us for a week of trail monitoring and maintenance (brushing, drain clearing, and trail delineation) along the California Riding and Hiking Trail within Joshua Tree National Park.

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Mojave National Preserve
03/31/2024 – 04/06/2024
Completed

Location: Mojave National Preserve, CA
Active: 4-6 mile daily hikes with ~300′ elevation change
Front country: Dispersed tent or car camping

Join us for a week of invasive removal (Sahara Mustard, etc), & chicken wire cage removal from Joshua Tree planting sites. 

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Cumberland Island National Seashore
04/07/2024 – 04/13/2024
Completed

Location: St. Marys, GA
Strenuous. 1-4 miles daily
Backcountry: 
tent camping in a remote designated site

We’re back! Join us for a week of trail maintenance, vegetation removal/management, and other projects on this stunning National Seashore!

This project is sponsored by:

Project Rating: Strenuous. 1-4 miles daily

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Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino National Forest
04/21/2024 – 04/27/2024
In Progress

Location: Sedona, AZ
Strenuous. Up to 2-mile RT daily hikes. Work includes lifting, and bending, and some slopes are steep/loose
Front country: tent camping in a designated campground.

Join us in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, AZ! We’ll spend the week managing erosion and closing unsanctioned social trails along the creek.

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Project Rating: Strenuous

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Nebraska National Forest
04/21/2024 – 04/27/2024
In Progress

Location: Halsey, NE.
Active to strenuous. Up to 4 miles daily.
Front country: tent camping in a designated site.

This is a new project! Help rebuild/restore a pollinator garden at the base of the Scott Fire Tower that was devastated by the 2022 Bovee Fire. 

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Grandstaff Canyon Trail, Moab
05/05/2024 – 05/11/2024
Open (2 remaining)

Location:  Grandstaff Canyon Wilderness Study Area, UT
Strenuous. 2-8 mile hike daily.
This is a medium elevation project: 6000+ ft.
Front country. 
Tent camping near cars.

We’re returning to Grandstaff Trail to continue to work on retaining walls, brushing overgrown vegetation, and closing “social trails” and braiding.

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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
05/05/2024 – 05/11/2024
Open (3 remaining)

Location: Kooskia, ID
Strenuous. Daily RT 2-6 miles with 500’-1500’ change
Front country. Tent camping at Lochsa Historical Ranger Station

Volunteer to help with trail work on the Lochsa Downriver Trail and other area trails! Work will include trail tread work, brushing, and clearing.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (spring)
05/12/2024 – 05/18/2024
Full (3 waiting)

Location: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Strenuous. 3-5 mile daily hikes
Front country: dispersed tent camping

Join us at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as we help remediate visitor impacts on GSENM along popular recreation corridors and treat Russian olive in the Escalante River Watershed.

This project is sponsored by:

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North Country National & Scenic Trail
05/12/2024 – 05/18/2024
Open (3 remaining)

Location: Allegheny National Forest, PA
Strenuous. Daily 4-mile hikes
Front country: tent camping near cars

We’re stoked to return to the iconic North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) within Allegheny National Forest. We’ll spend the week working on 3 sections to address drainage issues and a bridge repair!

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
05/19/2024 – 05/25/2024
Open (1 remaining)

Location: Dolores, CO
Strenuous. Up to 5 mi. daily.
Front country. Dispersed tent/car camping.
This is a medium elevation project: 5,000′-7,000′

This is a new project for 2024! Help close social trails and brush within the Sand Canyon Trails System. Work may also involve replacing signage, cairn rebuilding, rehabilitating trail corridors, etc. 

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Cranberry Wilderness
05/19/2024 – 05/25/2024
Open (4 remaining)

Location: Millpoint, WV
Strenuous. Daily hike of ~4 mi w/ 775’ gain
Front country: Tent camping in a designated campground

It’s been a while, but we’re back! We’ll work to remove a blown-out culvert on the Middle Fork Trail of Cranberry Wilderness and in effort to make the trail less confusing.

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Mammoth Cave National Park
06/02/2024 – 06/08/2024
Full

Location: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Strenuous. Up to a 6-mile daily hike.
Front country.
Structured housing.

Help the NPS with various trail improvements!

This project is sponsored by:

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Leader Training, San Bernardino NF
06/09/2024 – 06/15/2024
Open

Location: San Bernardino National Forest
Active: ~1-mile max daily
Front country: tent camping in a designated campground 
This is a medium elevation project: 5,100+ ft.

Spend a week working on restoration efforts including planting native plants, removing invasive plants, using plant material to stabilize erosive soils, collecting seeds for dispersal, and installing signs in restoration areas.

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Dixie National Forest
06/16/2024 – 06/22/2024
Open

Location: Upper Valley Yurt, UT
Active. Up to 2 miles daily
Front Country: remote tent camping near cars
This is a high elevation project: 7800 ft.

We’re excited to return to Dixie National Forest for a week of fence replacement near the Upper Valley Yurt.

Project Rating: Active. Up to 2 miles daily

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Leader Training – Hybrid Course
07/02/2024 – 08/25/2024
Open

Location: Online class

This hybrid Leader Training Course consists of an 8-week online program in addition to a Wilderness Volunteers project of the student’s choice to complete the training. If you’re interested in becoming a Wilderness Volunteers project leader, please email us at info@wildernessvolunteers.

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
07/14/2024 – 07/20/2024
Open

Location: Soldotna, AK
Strenuous. Daily 3-mile hikes with ~500′ elevation gain
Front country: tent camping in a designated campground.

Join us in the breathtaking Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as we work on the Skilak Lookout Trail replacing/building new bog bridges, boardwalks and working on small reroutes.

This project is sponsored by:

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North Fork John Day Wilderness, Umatilla National Forest
07/14/2024 – 07/20/2024
Open (2 remaining)

Location: Olive Lake, OR
Strenuous. Daily hikes of 5-10 miles.
Front country. Tent camping in a designated campground.
This is a medium elevation project: 6,200 ft.

This project will aim to address deferred maintenance on 2 wilderness trails in the North Fork John Day Wilderness: Lost Creek Trail and the Saddle Camp Trail.

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Trinity Alps Wilderness
07/21/2024 – 07/27/2024
Open

Location: Coffee Creek, CA
Strenuous. 6-mile hike w/ 1,600′ gain. Daily hikes 3-6 miles w/ 800′-1400′ change.
Backpacking with pack support
This is a high-elevation project: 6,100’+ ft.

Spend a week in the beautiful Trinity Alps Wilderness to complete trail work with a focus on clearing the trail of downed trees with crosscut and hand saws, clearing brush, and re-treading sections of the trail.

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Eagle Cap Wilderness
07/28/2024 – 08/03/2024
Full

Location: Imnaha Forks, OR
Strenuous. A 7-mile backpack in with 1500′ gain. Daily hikes of 2-6 miles w/ 500′. 
Backpacking with pack support.
This is a medium/high elevation project: 5,500′-7,500′

Join us for a week working on the Indian Crossing trail in the Eagle Cap Wilderness completing a wide variety of trail maintenance projects!

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Never Summer Wilderness
07/28/2024 – 08/03/2024
Full (1 waiting)

Location: Never Summer Wilderness, CO
Strenuous. 6 mi hike in w/ 2700′ gain. Daily hikes of 4 mi. RT
Backpacking with pack support
This is a high-elevation project: 10,000′

Help get this neglected trail back in tip-top shape! Come to gorgeous Colorado for a week of backpacking and trail maintenance. 

This project is sponsored in loving memory and honor of Norman Goree Kittrell III, who loved hiking, Colorado, and “giving back”.

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Denali National Park and Preserve
08/04/2024 – 08/10/2024
Full (2 waiting)

Location: Denali National Park & Preserve, AK
Strenuous. Daily hikes of ~4 miles
Front country:
camping in huts with amenities

Spend the week working with the Denali National Park Trail Crew as continue our work on a new section of the Nenana River Trail!

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100-Mile Wilderness Conservation Area
08/04/2024 – 08/10/2024
Open (1 remaining)

Location: Brownville, ME
Strenuous. Up to 4 miles daily. Bushwhacking.
Front country: tent camping in a designated campground.

A very unique opportunity: join a volunteer survey crew! We will clear brush with loppers, repaint yellow blazes on trees, replace US Boundary signs, and record the condition of metal survey markers, called “monuments” on the trail corridor. 

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Inyo National Forest
08/18/2024 – 08/24/2024
Open (2 remaining)

Location: Lake Sabrina Basin
Strenuous. Backpack in ~3.5 miles with 1500’ vertical gain w/ support. Daily hikes of ~1 mile, 500′ gain. 
This is a high-elevation project: 9000′-10500’+

This project will focus on stabilizing areas of trail in the Sabrina Basin leading to Baboon and Donkey Lakes that are severely eroded.

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John Muir Wilderness
08/25/2024 – 08/31/2024
Open

Location: Spanish Lake, CA
Strenuous. 4.7 miles with 2000′ gain
Backpacking with pack support.
This is a high elevation project:
8,500+ ft.

Spend a week in the John Muir Wilderness completing trail work on the Spanish Lake Loop Trail on the Sierra National Forest!

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Black Hills National Forest
08/25/2024 – 08/31/2024
Full (2 waiting)

Location: Custer, SD
Active. 1/2-2 miles daily
Front country:
dormitory/bunk house

We’re stoked to return to the Black Hills! We’ll spend the week at the historic Camp Bob Marshall, reconstructing paths in the campground, building stairs, and adding railways to make the paths safer for users.

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Project Rating: Active: 1/2-2 miles daily

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Mt. Hood National Forest
08/25/2024 – 08/31/2024
Open (2 remaining)

Location: Mt. Hood, OR
Challenging. Hike in 2.5 mi. w/1500’ gain. Daily hikes of 1-8 mi. with 600-1000’ gain.
Backpacking without support
This is a medium elevation project: 5,500-6,000′ 

Work alongside Forest Service staff to log out, brush, and improve drainage on the iconic Timberline Trail!

This project is sponsored by:

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Mokelumne Wilderness
08/25/2024 – 08/31/2024
Open

Location: Markleeville, CA
Strenuous: 5 mi hike in -1000’; daily hikes of 3 mi. +500’
Backpacking with pack support.
This is a high-elevation project: 8,200′

This project will be completing trail clearing (cross-cut saw work), brushing, completing trail re-routes, and drainage work on several of these trails.

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Desolation Wilderness
09/07/2024 – 09/14/2024
Open

Location: Wright’s Lake, CA
Strenuous. 7.5-mile hike with ~1500′ gain
Backpacking with pack support.
This is a high-elevation project: 8,000+ ft.

Spend a week volunteering with trail work, campsite restoration, and more surrounded by alpine lakes and stunning granite features.

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
09/08/2024 – 09/14/2024
Full (2 waiting)

Location: Superior National Forest, MN
Challenging. Backpacking, portaging, canoeing experience, etc. 
Backpacking via canoes.

This unique and challenging project will focus on improving the condition of the portage trails, taking place in the northeast section of the Sioux Hustler hiking trail.

This project is sponsored by:

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Shenandoah National Park
09/08/2024 – 09/14/2024
Open (3 remaining)

Location: Shenandoah National Park, VA
Strenuous. 4-8 mile daily hikes, varied project scope
Front Country:
tent camping at a designated campground

Explore and learn about Shenandoah National Park through trail work, including water bar maintenance and vegetation management, facility updates, culvert clearing, and campground maintenance.

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Bryce Canyon National Park
09/08/2024 – 09/14/2024
Open

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Strenuous. 2-mile daily hikes, repetitive heavy lifting
Front country: tent camping in a designated campground
This is a high-elevation project: 7000′-9500′ ft.

Help the NPS with fuel reduction work at Bryce Canyon National Park! We’ll spend the week relocating slash produced from thinning operations to an area safely away from conservation trees. 

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Manti La-Sal National Forest (archaeological)
09/14/2024 – 09/20/2024
Full (8 waiting)

Location: Allen Canyon, UT
Strenuous. 3-5 mile daily hikes carrying daypacks and tools.
Backcountry: dispersed tent camping near cars
This is a medium elevation project: 5,800+ ft.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest Heritage Program invites Wilderness Volunteers to join us in conducting archaeological survey in Milk Ranch Point.

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
09/15/2024 – 09/21/2024
Open

Location:  Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI
Front country: tent camping in a designated campground
Strenuous. 1-8 mile daily hikes.

We’re returning to Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest! We’ll work in 2 Wilderness areas doing trail maintenance and other tasks. 

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Mt. Hood National Forest (riparian)
09/15/2024 – 09/21/2024
Open

Location: Mt. Hood Village, OR
Active. Daily hikes of up to 3 miles. 
Front country.
Tent camping in a designated campground.

Join us for a week of riparian habitat restoration including planting trees and shrubs, collecting and spreading native seeds, removing invasive plants, and cleaning up dispersed campsites.

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Lye Brook Wilderness
09/20/2024 – 09/23/2024
Open

Location: Stratton, VT
Strenuous. 2.2 mile hike in; daily hike 1-4 mi. 
Backpacking without support. Tent camping.

Volunteer in the gorgeous Lye Brook Wilderness working on trail maintenance: improving tread from erosion issues and clearing brush along ~2.5 miles of the Lye Brook trail (Forest Trail 431).

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City of Rocks National Reserve
09/22/2024 – 09/28/2024
Open

Location: City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
Active: 1-2 mile daily hikes
Front country: Tent or car camping in a designated campground

Our project will be to overhaul and renovate campsites #61-64, including tent pad construction, replacing picnic tables and fire rings, installation of erosion control structures, and restoration of areas impacted by compaction and erosion.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (fall)
09/25/2024 – 10/01/2024
Full (1 waiting)

Location: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Strenuous. 3-5 mile daily hikes; ~300′ elevation gain.
Front country: dispersed tent camping near cars
This is a medium elevation project: ~4800′.

Join us at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as we help remediate visitor impacts on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument along popular recreation corridors and treat Russian olive in the Escalante River Watershed.

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Saguaro National Park (fencing)
11/03/2024 – 11/09/2024
Open (1 remaining)

Location: Juniper Basin, Saguaro NP (east)
Challenging. Backpacking with some support; 7 miles w/ 3000’ gain
Backcountry. Tent camping.

This project will take down historic grazing fences in the vicinity of one of the backcountry campgrounds, Juniper Basin, which sits at 6000 ft elevation in the Rincon Mountains.

This project is sponsored by:

 

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New River Gorge National Park & Preserve
11/03/2024 – 11/09/2024
Full

Location: Glen Jean, WV
Strenuous. Up to 6-mile daily hikes
Front country:
camping in a designated campground or in a dormitory (TBD)

Visit West Virginia’s stunning New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and spend the week volunteering to remove invasive plants, pick up trash and plastics, maintain trails, and do small projects.

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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
11/10/2024 – 11/16/2024
Open

Location: Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, AZ
Strenuous. Up to 2-mile one-way hikes carrying/lifting fencing materials
Front country: tent camping near cars in a secured refuge compound

Our service project will be removing old interior barbed-wire fences leftover from ranching days in cooperation with volunteers from Friends of Buenos Aires NWR. The fence removal is part of an ongoing 16-year project by the Refuge to remove interior fences; a small length of the fence remains down from over 150 miles of fence that originally existed.

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