In honor of National Trails Day AmeriCorps members will be serving across the state to improve public lands. Volunteer and make a difference in your community by joining one of the following events. For more opportunities to serve visit Build Montana.
Billings – Engage community volunteers in rebuilding a section of Phipps Park. Volunteers will work alongside MCC AmeriCorps leaders to complete basic trail construction projects including waters bars, drain dips, and retread.
Volunteers will meet at Phipps Park on Saturday, June 2 at 9a.m. Tools, coffee, and morning snacks will be provided. Projects will be completed by 1 p.m. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Maggie Zaback at Montana Conservation Corps by phone: 406-651-1311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helena – Partnering with Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT) to expand the Nob Hill trail system. Volunteers will work alongside MCC AmeriCorps leaders using hand tools to complete basic trail construction and maintenance projects.
Volunteers will meet at the parking lot on Saddle Drive near Nob Hill on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves when available. Tools, lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Projects will be completed by 1 p.m. Those interested in volunteering should contact Greg Ross at Montana Conservation Corps by phone: 406-651-1311 or email: email@example.com.
Bozeman – Partnering with Gallatin Valley Land Trust, REI Bozeman, and City of Bozeman to resurface sections of trail and complete noxious weed pull at East Gallatin Recreation Area and Story Mill Spur.
Volunteers will meet at the Bogart Park to car pool on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, shovels, and rakes when available, some tools will be provided. Projects wrap up by noon, with lunch provided by Baja Fresh. Those interested in volunteering should contact Tim Dwyer at Montana Conservation Corps by phone: 406-586-0151 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalispell – Partnering with Foys to Blacktail Trails, Lone Pine State Park, and Flathead County volunteers will complete basic trail and park improvement projects at Herron Park and Lone Pine State Park.
Volunteers will meet on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, shovels, and rakes when available, some tools will be provided. Projects wrap up by noon, and lunch will be provided by Daybreak Rotary. Those interested in volunteering should contact Cliff Kipp at Montana Conservation Corps by phone: 406-755-3619 or email: email@example.com.
Billings - Pictograph Cave State Park: Saturday, June 2 from Noon-4pm. Junior Ranger Day! Come with your aspiring junior ranger to take part in fun activities that will lead them to their badge. Kids will be looking at animal tracks and animal scat and making their own animal scat out of tootsie rolls, activities include rock art. This event is best for kids ages 5-11.
Location: In Billings, take Lockwood Exit off I-90, then 5 miles south on Coburn Road. Contact: Jessie Hendrix (406) 254-7342
Butte/Bozeman - Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park: Saturday, June 2 starts at 9am
- 9am - Presentation on weeds and trail etiquette – meet at the campground pavilion
- 10am - Out to trails for weed pulling and trail maintenance
- 12:30pm - Lunch provided by the park (Music with The Tumbleweed Connection)
- 2pm - Trail Tour
- Door prizes from the American Hiking Society and Lewis & Clark Caverns
Location: 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Road, Whitehall, MT 59759. Contact: Lynette Kemp or Rhea Armstrong (406) 287-3541
Glendive - Makoshika State Park: Saturday, June 9 starts at 9am. As part of the annual ‘Buzzard Day’ special event join the ‘Wilderness Walk’ (this event will occur a week after National Trails Day). The walk begins at the group use shelter, one half mile inside the park entrance. It is a 4-mile hike following the coulee out to a prominent point overlooking Glendive and the Yellowstone River Valley. Hikers will have resting and speaking stops where the guide will discuss the pre-history of the park and the erosion actions that created the state park that we see today. The guide will talk about Glendive’s history and the significance of the Yellowstone Valley. Prepare for weather. A hiking stick is recommended, water is recommended.
Location: 1301 Snyder Avenue in Glendive. Contact: Tom Shoush, Park Ranger at Makoshika (406) 377-6256
Great Falls - First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Join a Montana State Parks Ranger for a guided hike along First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park's 3.5 mile interpretive trail. During the hike you will learn about the jump's history, geology, plants, animals and more! The hike will start and finish at the park's Visitor Center and includes a trip to the top of the jump.
Location: 10 miles south of Great Falls on I-15 at Ulm Exit, then 3.5 miles northwest on Ulm-Vaughn road. Contact: Richard Hopkins or Jake McCoy (406) 866-2219
Great Falls -Giant Springs State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 9am – 1pm. Help build an addition to River’s Edge Trail on the south shore of the Missouri River. Giant Springs State Park’s staff and Great Falls Bike Club will provide trail work instruction and all tools. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and bring leather gloves. Meet at Lewis & Clark overlook. Water and light snacks will be provided.
Location: From Interstate 15, take Central Avenue (Exit 280). Proceed east on Central Avenue and turn left on River Drive immediately after crossing the Missouri River. Continue on River Drive 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Giant Springs Rd. -Giant Springs State Park is located approximately 1 mile ahead, on the left. Contact: Matt Marcinek (406) 454-5859
Kalispell - Lone Pine State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 9am – Noon. Celebrate National Trails Day by assisting with basic trail maintenance followed by a delicious BBQ feast! Be a part of your community by working together to improve one of the most beautiful parks in the Flathead Valley.
Location: Lone Pine State Park is located 4 miles southwest of Kalispell. Travel on Highway 93 Alternate to the Foy's Lake Road Roundabout. Travel west on Foy's Lake Road for approximately 2.7 miles. Turn left on Lone Pine Road and follow to the park entrance at the end of the road. Contact: Amy Grout (406) 755-2706 ext. 3
Missoula - Milltown State Park: Saturday, June 2 from 10am – 2pm. The upcoming Milltown State Park is hosting a volunteer event in celebration of the 20th National Trails Day. This event will be held on the newly constructed trail that leads to the Milltown Bluff Overlook. Volunteers will be planting native shrubs and trees along this trail and a Boy Scout troop will be installing 2 park benches.
Location: Milltown Bluff Overlook - 1353 Deer Creek Rd. in Bonner. Contact: Michael Kustudia (406) 542-5533 or Dan Shook at (406) 880-0571