Alligators, and Eagles, and Marshes Oh My!



Take a Hike on the Beach
We have so many amazing volunteers who help us during the peak trail work season in the White Mountains from April to October, but somehow, that is still not a long enough season for volunteering on trails.  No, we have seen a spike in interest in off-season volunteer vacations among our adult volunteers with the US Virgin Island and Southern California PCT Crews – which we are running again in Winter 2015!  Therefore, we decided that we should continue this excellent trend by heading to sunny Florida to work on the Florida National Scenic Trail.

The Florida Trail is a sister national scenic trail to our own Appalachian Trail.  We’ll take the estimable skills and experience our volunteers have from working in New England down south where we’ll no doubt learn some new trail skills! 
The Thompson House

From January 17-24, 2015, we are going to stay at the FTA’s Volunteer Base, Thompson House near Crawfordville, Florida.   Out of these cushy confines, we’ll head to the trail each day in the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge area where we will work on basic maintenance and maybe some larger infrastructure construction projects as well.  Working on the Florida Trail will mean we get to experience marsh ecosystems and maybe see some American Alligators and countless different bird species.

Sunset on the Florida Trail
So join us for this new opportunity, and enjoy some warmer climes in the winter too! 

For more information on our Volunteer Vacations, check out our Trails Blog with some great stories from our 2014 excursions:  http://trailsblog.outdoors.org/.  

For more information on the Florida Trail Association, visit their website at http://www.floridatrail.org/

For more information on St. Marks NWR, visit:  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/St_Marks/

And contact me, Brendan Taylor, North Country Trails Volunteer Supervisor, at btaylor@outdoors.org for more details about the project or to register

Hope to see you on the trails!