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Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Appalachian Trail. We have plenty of opportunities for you to give back to the Trail you love so much.

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a life-changing trail with life-changing opportunities

More than 6,000 volunteers contribute more than 250,000 hours each year to keep the A.T. available for all to use. Volunteers are active in all aspects of Trail work, from basic maintenance to major projects, such as building bridges and shelters and relocating sections of the A.T.  

Though Trail maintainers are perhaps the most visible, volunteers also participate in many other activities, from outreach to Trail management.

Learn Wilderness First Aid in Charlottesville

  • Dates: 06 – 07 Jan, 2018
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Contact: Matthew Rosefsky
  • Email: [email protected]


First aid scenario
In this 2 day class organized with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, you'll receive extensive training and information about wilderness first aid. (Read the value of the skill here.) Some of the training will include: wilderness and remote arrival injury challenges, patient assessments and movement, treatments for orthopedic, soft tissue, and environmental injuries, circulatory function, medical emergencies, and international travel. 

Located in Charlottesville, VA, this course will provide hands on training with a blend of classroom instruction. The course will require participation indoors and outdoors and in case studies, skill sessions, and scenarios. This extensive course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30-7 p.m. on January 6th and 7th.

Upon completion, students will receive a two-year SOLO WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certification. 

Class space is limited and costs $185. There are no pre-requisites, and this course is open to adults and youth 12+. Contact Matthew Rosefsky at [email protected] or 434/465-8733 to register or for more information.

Interested in more events like this? Sign up here.




Ways Volunteers Can Participate​:

Learn more about getting involved with Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs, ATC Trail crews, and other volunteer opportunities using the links at left.

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Volunteer of the Month

Highlighting the contributions of Appalachian Trail volunteers who work in the field or behind the scenes to protect, manage, and maintain the Trail and provide inspiration and education to others.​



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Ron MacLean

December 2017

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toolkit for trail clubs

A.T. managers, this section is for you! Here you will find links to A.T. policies and planning guidance as well as information for boundary volunteers and volunteer management resources. If you have any questions or comments, or need assistance locating an item, email [email protected].


RESOURCES FOR MANAGERS       THE REGISTER BLOG

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Rocky Top Trail Crew Logo

Rocky Top Trail Crew

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Konnarock Trail Crew Logo

Konnarock Trail Crew

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Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew Logo


S.W.E.A.T. Trail Crew

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Maine Trail Crew

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Vermont Long Trail Patrol

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Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

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workshops & certifications

We partner with A.T. clubs and government agencies to provide workshops for current and new volunteers. These workshops include training on Trail maintenance, sawyer certification, rock work, wilderness first aid, environmental monitoring, and more. If your club needs additional training, we encourage you to contact your ATC regional office.

The workshops generally are open to any participant, but pre-registration is required. There are no fees unless indicated. Most workshops require wearing work clothes (you'll probably get dirty), work gloves and sturdy boots. You'll also need to bring a lunch.  

We also provide a sawyer certification program for A.T. volunteers. Certification is required for anyone using a chainsaw or crosscut saw on the Trail.

Learn Wilderness First Aid in Charlottesville

  • Dates: 06 – 07 Jan, 2018
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Contact: Matthew Rosefsky
  • Email: [email protected]


First aid scenario
In this 2 day class organized with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, you'll receive extensive training and information about wilderness first aid. (Read the value of the skill here.) Some of the training will include: wilderness and remote arrival injury challenges, patient assessments and movement, treatments for orthopedic, soft tissue, and environmental injuries, circulatory function, medical emergencies, and international travel. 

Located in Charlottesville, VA, this course will provide hands on training with a blend of classroom instruction. The course will require participation indoors and outdoors and in case studies, skill sessions, and scenarios. This extensive course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30-7 p.m. on January 6th and 7th.

Upon completion, students will receive a two-year SOLO WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certification. 

Class space is limited and costs $185. There are no pre-requisites, and this course is open to adults and youth 12+. Contact Matthew Rosefsky at [email protected] or 434/465-8733 to register or for more information.

Interested in more events like this? Sign up here.




Volunteers at Trail Days Recognition

volunteer recognition

Volunteers are "the soul" of the Appalachian Trail, and we appreciate all of their efforts! These extraordinary people put in approximately 200,000 hours of volunteer work every year in an effort to keep the A.T. open and in good repair and to manage and promote the Trail. Click the buttons below to learn more, or to nominate someone you believe should be recognized.