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Volunteer Vacation - North Country National Scenic Trail, Minnesota Trail Maintenance

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Volunteer Vacation - North Country National Scenic Trail, Minnesota Trail Maintenance

Join American Hiking Society for a week of building & maintaining trails in exciting locations across the country. Volunteer Vacations foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it! Crews consist of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Volunteer Vacations involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. Experience nature up close. Travel to new destinations. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Take a vacation that nourishes your body & your spirit. Get Out. Give Back.

Project Specifics: From bird watching to backpacking, the North Country National Scenic Trail provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy many rewarding experiences as it winds across eight northern states. The North County National Scenic Trail connects a host of natural, historic, and cultural areas from valleys to hilltops, cities to small towns, and everything in between.

Join the North County Trail Association and help clear and construct a new 5-mile segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) on both public and private lands. The work will include clearing the corridor using hand tools, power tools, and a brush mower followed by constructing trail tread using hand tools. This new segment will replace a road walk on the NCT’s Arrowhead Re-route in between the Chippewa National Forest and Grand Rapids, MN. The landscape the project traverses includes Tioga Mine pit lake, the southern most iron mine on the Mesabi Range. The NCT will overlook the pit lake while passing through the Tioga Recreation Area, a world class mountain bike trail facility. The trail will also pass by historic mine sites, mine tailings piles, and along the edge of a private maple syrup operation.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Očhéthi ŠakówiŋMdewakanton, and Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Accommodations: Volunteers will camp in a group campsite near the project location, with pit toilets and access to water. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Trip Cost: $350 per person

Volunteer Experience: While trips do not require prior trail maintenance experience, all of our projects require participants to be in good physical condition and will involve 30-40 hours of physical labor during the week.

Find More Information & Register Here: https://americanhiking.org/volunteer-vacation-trip/north-country-national-scenic-trail-volunteer-vacations-2022/

Join American Hiking Society for a week of building & maintaining trails in exciting locations across the country. Volunteer Vacations foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    May 1, 2022
    5:00 PM EDT
    9:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    May 7, 2022
    8:00 AM EDT
    12:00 PM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few days
  • Recurrence
    One time only
  • Fee Required: $350

Location

On-site

Tioga Beach Park

24308 Tioga Beach Rd, Cohasset, MN 55721, USA

How to Apply

To find more information and register for this trip, please visit our webpage, or email volunteer@americanhiking.org

To find more information and register for this trip, please visit our webpage, or email volunteer@americanhiking.org

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