The culture of trail stewardship starts within our community. We strive to offer volunteer opportunities to enhance community involvement with our organization and to foster a powerful, broad-based public connection with Kananaskis Country. Our projects engage volunteers at all levels of ability and intensity, offering everyone an opportunity to give back to the Kananaskis Country trails they love.
We take pride in working to preserve the precious natural resources in balance with recreational needs for future generations.
If you like recreating on trails, chances are you'll really enjoy building and maintaining them too! We primarily carry out volunteer trail care days throughout Kananaskis Country under the supervision of Alberta Parks staff to ensure safe, appropriate efforts to provide trail care and stewardship at the highest level of practice. Trail days typically consist of 10-20 volunteers who spend a half or full-day building and maintaining hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.
Volunteers work is carried out using trail building hand tools such as a pulaski, axe, shovel, rake and shears to dig and rake duff and earth, lift and clear rocks and deadfall, and prune roots and shrubs.
It’s important to note that Alberta Parks only work on official designated trails. Many trails people use are not official. Unofficial trails get no maintenance from Parks.
If you wish to get involved, join us, it’s free! By signing up, you’ll receive notifications for upcoming volunteer events and have access to all trail event sign ups.
Become a Crew Leader
If you are interested in greater involvement and inspiring others, consider a leadership role as a Crew Leader and enroll in our Volunteer Crew Leader Training courses normally held in the spring. Interested? Contact Us.
Here’s what you can expect for 2016 and beyond:
- Limited (1-3 week) advanced notice for work project calls;
- Several day projects working on one specific trail or area;
- Hard work at the start of these multi day projects, and easier work as the project goes on;
- Last minute switches in location on work projects;
- Projects throughout Kananaskis Country