Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region.
The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails, including many in the Delaware Water Gap.
Types of Volunteer Work Needed
Trail Maintainers "adopt" trails to ensure they are clear, safe and accessible by clipping foliage, painting blazes, and reporting issues.
Trail Crews always welcome new members and tackle more technical work including building new trails, re-routes, stone steps, bridges and more.
Trail University workshops are generally free and welcome to the public. All are welcome to attend and learn new skills, ranging from map and compass use to technical stone construction.
Appropriate Ages for Volunteer Opportunity
Varies by opportunity - ranges from 8 and up.
Special Skills that May be Required or Helpful
Comfort in the outdoors, enjoyment of physical activity.