Adopt-A-Trail Corp

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• Get hands-on experience working outside, using tools, and reporting to your supervisor to maintain our trails.
• Monitor the status of trails and help keep them available for use to the public.

Do you already hike, bike, or run the National Lakeshore trails often? Are you looking for a way to make a difference?

With over 50 miles of trails in our national lakeshore, the park service cannot regularly monitor and survey the trail system. The Adopt-a-Trail Corp volunteers fill this gap by adopting one of the park’s trails. As trail stewards, members report trail conditions like downed trees, flooding or erosion, damaged or missing signs, and damaged boardwalks and stairs. A great benefit of this program is seeing the wonder of nature in all of its seasons.

Volunteers working on a trail

NPS / Rafi Wilkinson

Another aspect of the Adopt-a-Trail Corp program is working in partnership with the Indiana Coastal Invasive Plant Network, which works to keep invasive plant species from degrading the park’s amazing biodiversity. Corps volunteers are trained to look for the invaders and how to report them. Early detection is critical to keeping new invaders from taking over the national lakeshore.

Corps volunteers are asked to hike their adopted trail at least once a month throughout the year and report their findings. There are also optional group social hikes and conservation workdays in which to participate.


The Park Connection

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For more volunteer opportunities, contact The Park Connection Office by calling (219) 221-7098 or email us to connect with the Volunteer Program Manager.

Last updated: August 16, 2018

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