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This is a group for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the PATC.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer-based organization, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia and founded in 1927. PATC is one of 31 organizations that maintain the Appalachian Trail for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.

Through its 7,000+ members and volunteers, PATC builds and maintains 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail and over 800 miles of other trails in the Mid Atlantic Region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation.

The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers!

Upcoming events (5+)

ROCK CREEK CREW - trail maintenance work trip: Melvin Hazen trail

Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium

Join the DC Crew for our third work trip on the Melvin Hazen Trail. We will be continuing our work to replace a bridge, installing cribbing nearby to slow erosion on the trail and building dips for erosion control. Meet first outside of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center at 8:20 AM. We will gather tools and carpool to the nearby trailhead. Expect to finish around noon. Bring clothing and footwear that can get muddy; bug spray is also recommended.

Trail Work Trip: Bull Run Occoquan Trail

Fountainhead Regional Park

Project: Trail maintenance, repair, and construction. Mostly digging! Details: • We will have a safety talk before heading out to the work site. • The work site is about a half mile walk from the parking area. • We generally work from 9 to 3, with a break for lunch. Leave parking by 4pm. • There are rest rooms at the parking area . None on the trail. To Bring: • Water 2 liters minimum. • Snacks, lunch, work clothes, work gloves. • Work or hiking boots. Sneakers or trail running shoes are not appropriate for trail work. • Rain gear if weather looks damp. • Clothing appropriate for the weather. • Any medications that might be needed, inhaler, epi pen, etcetera. • It is always tick season, make sure to bring DEET or pre treat clothing with permethrin!! I Provide • tools, glasses, hard hats. • Wearing hard hats and safety glasses is required. Please email me to sign up or with questions. [masked] or [masked]

SPOOKY BEAVER CREW - Trail Maintenance Work Trip: Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run Education Center

Join the Spooky Beaver Trail Crew to maintain the 37 miles of hiking paths in historic Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA . Wear boots and dress for the weather; bring water, a trail lunch, and leather work gloves. We typically work until 2:30 pm, but you can leave as you like. Please let Mark Ellis know if you are coming via [masked] or (703)[masked] (voice/text).

Trail Maintenance Workshop

Wolf Run Shoals trailhead

Training for new and experienced trail maintainers Learn about: • Work trip safety and planning • tools • Clipping, mowing • blazing • cleaning water bars • rolling grade dips • check dams mowing • and more! This is Fun. Really. This is on the job training. We will walk a trail section with tools and practice the tasks necessary for routine trail maintenance. We will be walking and working, probably not more than a mile each way. To Bring: • Water, snacks, lunch. • Gloves • Bug spray, sun screen • Clippers or loppers if you have them I will provide hard hats, safety glasses. Email me with questions [masked]

Past events (435)

OUTREACH - Round Hill A.T. Festival: Volunteers Needed

B Chord Brewing Company

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