Volunteer Teen Trail Crews on the Bay Circuit Trail!

"Get Outside, Get Dirty, and Give Back"

You may have heard this familiar mantra before, but nowhere does it ring truer than on a volunteer trail crew. AMC Trail Crew has been getting outside, getting dirty, and giving back since 1919 when the White Mountain Professional Crew first started. It is one of the oldest and most respected trail crews in the country. Fast forward 96 years later and the trail crew is still protecting and restoring the natural resources and environments that AMC serves. Hoards of volunteers join us every year to help maintain and improve trails in the White Mountains, Maine, Western Massachusetts, New Jersey, and more, including international locations.

2015 will mark the pilot year for AMC's newest Teen Volunteer Trail Crew on the Bay Circuit Trail. This follows a successful first year of volunteer programming on the BCT, most notably the one-day weekend work parties. Saturday work parties are continuing and expanding this year to include some 2-days events. Check out the schedule here.

Most folks know the Boston area as the home of AMC's headquarters, but not necessarily as a place with ample trail work opportunities. The Bay Circuit Trail bridges the gap and provides close-to-home recreation and volunteer opportunities for teens and adults alike. 

On a hike on the BCT through Harold Parker, Fall 2014
The teen volunteers will be working in Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover, MA. This 3,000 acre protected forest just 20 minutes north of Boston hosts ~5 miles of the BCT. It provides an array of recreational opportunities such as mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, trail running, and more. Visitors can enjoy seeing varied ecosystems, diverse wildlife, and awesome natural features like glacial erratics as they make their way through the forest.

Not only will participants get to enjoy all of the great aspects of trail crew life like hearty meals and swapping stories around the campfire, they will also help improve an maintain the BCT through Harold Parker. The BCT, and many trails, will need lots of work to get "back into shape" after this harsh winter, and the 40 hours these teens will serve will be a tremendous help in doing so. A week long crew will be able to tackle some of the "bigger" projects that one-day work parties cannot.

Want more information? Check out the website for more details and information on how to register. 

Molly Higgins
Community Engagement Coordinator – Bay Circuit Trail
MassLIFT AmeriCorps

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