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Adirondack Park, New York – Volunteer Vacations 2022

October 2 - October 8

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Created in 1892 as one of the first Forever Wild Forest Preserves in the nation, the Adirondack Park is a unique wilderness area. At 6 million acres, it is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. The state of New York owns approximately 2.6 million acres, while the remaining 3.4 million acres are devoted to forestry, agriculture and open space recreation. The Adirondack Park is not a National Park – there’s no fee to enter and the park doesn’t close at night, nor is it a state park, a common misconception. It’s also the largest National Historic Landmark, covering an area larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and the Great Smokies National Parks combined. Champlain Area Trails has a number of new trails  that will be developed in Adirondack Park this year. Volunteers will work to establish and maintain these new trails by clearing the trail of branches, brush, and fallen logs plus doing some side-cuts to level the trail on hillsides. Volunteers may also assist with the installation of new bridges and boardwalks as needed throughout the week.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) and Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) 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.

Host

Champlain Area Trails

Accommodations

Cabin/Lodge

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 4 miles each work day.

Project Rating

Easy

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

15

Area and Attractions

New York's Champlain Valley is located along the eastern part of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park which features extensive forests, spectacular mountains, thousands of lakes, and crystal-clear flowing waters. This project will take place in the Champlain Valley which has scenic farms on the lake plains, and in the West Champlain Foothills of the Adirondacks, high biological diversity and incredible views of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the mix of valley's forest and farmland. Volunteers will enjoy hiking through and working in the forests and fields along the trail and on the off-day, exploring nearby natural areas and the region's historic and scenic towns and cities.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay at a youth summer camp with 2-4 people per room on bunk beds. Showers and indoor bathrooms are available. Breakfast and dinner will be cooked/provided for by camp staff. Lunch fixings will be provided for the volunteers to make their own lunches each day. Volunteers need to bring their own linens (sheets/bedding or sleeping bags) and towels. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

Burlington International Airport in Burlington, Vermont is the closest airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.

Location

Adirondack Park
6482 Main Street, Westport, NY 12993 United States + Google Map
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