Volunteer Vacations: Your Next Summer Adventure

Looking for a summer filled with adventure, camaraderie, and the chance to give back to nature? Look no further than American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations!

What are Volunteer Vacations?

Volunteer Vacations offer participants the chance to spend a week or weekend building and maintaining trails in diverse landscapes across the country. Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or prefer day hikes, there’s a Volunteer Vacation suited for you. Crews typically consist of 6-15 participants, making it the perfect way to get involved in conservation efforts while exploring new areas and connecting with like-minded individuals.

This summer, we have a variety of trips that cater to all interests and skill levels, from tackling rugged terrain in national parks to immersing yourself in the tranquility of scenic wilderness areas. 

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
June 9 – June 15

Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, this hatchery offers a unique blend of conservation and outdoor adventure. Volunteers will lend a hand in building and maintaining trails while learning about salmon life cycles. And when it’s time to unwind, the crew can explore the scenic hatchery grounds or take a leisurely stroll along the Icicle Creek Nature Trail. And don’t miss the chance to stroll through the surrounding area, including the quaint Bavarian village of Leavenworth and the breathtaking views from the nearby mountain trails.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
June 2 – June 8

Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic American bison, graceful elk, and a myriad of bird species as you explore the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge diverse habitats. After a day of trail work, explore the nearby Smith Falls State Park, home to one of Nebraska’s best waterfalls. And don’t forget to indulge in some homemade ice cream in the charming town of Valentine! 

Allegany State Park
June 9 – June 15

Discover the natural wonders of Western New York’s Allegany State Park, which is home to 65,000 acres of wilderness. Join a multi-year effort to revitalize trails within the park, from reroofing lean-tos to installing switchbacks and repairing bridges. When you’re not busy with trail work, immerse yourself in the area’s rich cultural offerings, including the Seneca Nation Museum and the National Comedy Center. With scenic vistas like Stone Tower and Bridal Falls, every hike is an adventure waiting to happen.

Make a Difference

Embark on a journey of stewardship and adventure with American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations. Whether you’re passionate about wildlife conservation, trail maintenance, or simply seeking a unique outdoor experience, these trips offer a fulfilling way to give back to our nation’s trails while creating lasting memories in breathtaking natural settings. Join us in preserving and celebrating the beauty of America’s trails one step at a time!