We could not do any of the work without the support of our dedicated volunteers. You can support ADK and the Adirondacks by greeting campers at our campgrounds, helping maintain our lodges, building trails, educating hikers on mountain summits, and more. Read below for a listing of our current volunteer opportunities.
Join a Trail Project
Work with trained ADK trail crew leaders and other volunteers on trail maintenance and reconstruction projects throughout the Adirondacks. ADK provides leadership, group camping gear, tools, transportation from base camp, and food for multi-day projects. Register for upcoming programs below.
Maintain a Lean-to
Adopt and maintain a lean-to in the Adirondack Park. Hundreds of volunteer lean-to adopters donate thousands of hours toward maintaining a lean-to, replacing registers, and reporting problems. Major construction is not required.
The Adopt a Lean-to Program is not accepting new applicants at this time. Please check in January 2023 for updates.
Maintain a Trail
Join the Trail Steward Program and adopt your favorite trail. Stewards primarily clear blowdown, maintain drainages, and do other basic trail maintenance tasks. Reports from stewards are passed along to the regional DEC foresters to help them determine where more intensive trail projects are required. Groups are welcome.
The Trail Steward Program is not accepting new applicants at this time. Please check in January 2023 for updates.
Protect Alpine Vegetation
Volunteer stewards play a crucial role in protecting vulnerable alpine plants. These fragile plant communities are found only on the highest mountains of the state. Stewards will encourage hikers to walk on the solid bedrock above the timberline, answer questions, do trail work, and participate in research on the summits.
Care Take at a Campground
Help ADK provide a quality and safe camping experience at the Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake. Campground Hosts greet campers upon arrival, assist campers, explain campground rules, and assist ADK staff where needed. In return, they receive a free campsite for up to two people, three meals a day, and free use of specific ADK facilities when available. Hosts must be at least 21. ADK membership is required.
ADK’s Trailhead Stewardship Program (TSP) gives hikers a chance to give back by greeting visitors, providing directions, parking cars, providing basic trail information, promoting Leave No Trace principles, providing information about ADK and membership, and assisting ADK staff where needed. In return, they receive a free campsite for up to two people, three meals a day, and free use of specific ADK facilities when available. ADK membership is required.