Event
Parks and Recreation
Trail Cats patch in front of people hiking in the woods
Date December 14, 2019 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Trail Cats Second Saturday Trailblazing

If you like the outdoors and are looking for a volunteer opportunity, then check out our new Trail County Associated Trails Stewards (CATS) program.

Trail Cats volunteers assist Conservation and Environmental Lands Management (CELM) staff with blazing and trimming trails, inspecting trails, installing signs, and all other trail-related tasks.

Event and Trail CATS information

Find out about what you will need to bring to the trailblazing event, the different volunteer roles and the perks for being a volunteer:

  1. Event details Things to know
    • Cost: Free
    • Participants should meet at the parking lot
    • Under 18 must be accompanied by adult
    Things to bring
    • Required to bring
      • Water in refillable container
      • Closed-toe shoes
      • Work gloves
        • We will supply work gloves if you do not have your own
    • Recommended to bring
      • Snacks
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunscreen
      • Bug spray
      • Work gloves
  2. Trail Scout - volunteer role

    We know that not everyone can get out and work on a trail every week or month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a vital part of this team. Trail Scouts help by going out for hikes using an app (Avenza) to record confusing intersections, trail hazards, issues with maps, or anything else that could help improve our hiking trails. Trail scouts must attend at least one Second Saturday Trail Workday and a 1-hour training course to learn how to use the Avenza App.

    Duties:

    • Hike nature preserves using an app to identify and flag confusing intersections, hazards, and other issues
    • Provide feedback and suggestions to improve trails

    Requirements:

    • Able to walk/hike up to 4-6 miles
    • Complete a volunteer application and pass a background check
    • Age: 18 or older
    • Attend a 1-hour training course to learn how to use the app to identify, flag, and transmit osbservations and suggestions to CELM staff and Trail Bosses
    • Have a smartphone capable of running the Free Avenza Map App
  3. Trailblazer- volunteer role Trailblazers assist CELM staff and Trail Bosses blazing and trimming trails.
    Trailblazer workdays are scheduled at various preserves throughout Hillsborough County on the second Saturday of every month. Workdays are usually scheduled from 8 AM – Noon.

    Duties:

    • Trim trails
    • Blaze and mark trails
    • Assist with the installation of trail markers and signs
    • Provide feedback and suggestions to improve trails

    Requirements:

    • All ages welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian)
    • Must be able to walk/hike up to 4-6 miles (Most workdays require 2-3 miles of hiking/walking)
  4. Trail Boss - volunteer role

    After attending at least five trail maintenance work days as a Trailblazer and a one-day Trail Boss training class, you are eligible to become a Trail Boss. Trail Bosses can visit trails on their own without CELM staff supervision to flag new trail routes, blaze new trails, trim trails, lead other volunteers, and perform other general trail maintenance tasks.

    Duties:

    • Lead volunteer workdays and ensure that trails are marked and maintained according to CELM’s Public Trails SOP
    • Work independently to address issues identified by Trail Scouts--trimming trails, remarking blazes, replacing posts, etc.

    Requirements:

    • Must complete a volunteer application and pass a background check
    • Must be over the age of 18
    • Must complete the Trail Boss Orientation and Training Program
    • Must be willing to commit at least 4-8 hours per month to trail maintenance
    • Must follow CELM Public Trails SOP and coordinate all work with CELM staff
  5. Volunteer Perks & Swag
    • Trail Cats Sticker - Attend 2 Second Saturday Traiblazer Workdays
    • Trail Cats T-Shirt - Attend 10 Second Saturday Trailblazer Workdays
    • Trail Scout Patch - Submit 10 trail reports with the Avenza App
    • Trail Boss Patch - Become a Trail Boss
    • Invitation to Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet - Reach 40 volunteer hours for the year

Contact

When filling out the registration form, you will need the following information:
  • Location: Cypress Creek Nature Preserve
  • Date of program: 12/14/19
  • Name/Type of event: Trail Cats Second Saturday Trailblazing

Register

Event Details

Location

Cypress Creek Nature Preserve

18000 Lizard's Trail Road

Tampa FL, 33647

Date

December 14, 2019 | 8:00 AM

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