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Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

October 25 - October 31

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Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is situated in a bottomland hardwood forest. Volunteers will be working on trail maintenance on the Knobby Knees and Great Egret Ridge Trails. These trails offer scenic views of symphonies of knobby knees peeking through the silent, still waters of the backwood swamps, Spanish moss hanging overhead in the bald cypress trees, and, if one is quiet enough, alligators and other fauna peering back from the waters below Palmer Bayou Boardwalk. While the trails in the project areas total 16 miles, this particular Volunteer Vacation will involve approximately 12 miles, in total, with no more than 5 miles of hiking per day. Tasks include removing fallen vegetation and limbs from the trail and trimming vegetation that could scratch or pose other inconveniences to hikers. Additional tasks may include cleaning kiosks and starting construction on an additional 3 miles of new trail. Trail construction consists of building a trail 5-8 feet wide where limb and vegetation removal will be the main focus. The project area is relatively flat. Very easy hiking.


US Fish & Wildlife Service




Day hiking up to 5 miles each work day

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Everything is bigger AND better in Texas! Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is located in the floodplain of Liberty County in Southeast Texas. The habitat is bottomland hardwood. The area hosts bayous, oxbow lakes, privet swamps, and cypress-tupelo swamps. Houston, TX is located 45 minutes away. Galveston is one hour away and has a beach as well as Moody Gardens, an aquarium, and zoo. Big Thicket National Preserve, Sam Houston National Forest, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, and Lake Livingston State Park are all within a one-hour drive from the lodging site.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will be staying in a cabin. The refuge will provide a truck for official use to drive between the worksite, office, and housing. The bunkhouse has three rooms with eight twin beds. Amenities include a full kitchen (stove, oven, microwave refrigerator, sink, coffeemaker, pots, and pans), bathroom (shower, flushing toilet), and laundry facilities (washer/dryer). A TV with local channels is present. This facility is located at Champion Lake. Canoes and kayaks will be present for complimentary use. Bedding linens and blankets will be provided. Volunteers should bring their own towels and personal items.


Airport Pickup Provided from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
601 FM 1011, Liberty, Texas 77575 United States