Our first “public” session…

Pictured above, from left to right: Leslie Estep, Germaine Kornegay and Gretchen Cohan. My guess is that Germain’s thumbs up was all about Leslie’s amazing lunch. Thanks Leslie and Roger, hard work and great food go together!

Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy was our guest group again, making a second appearance in consecutive sessions. The weather change between those sessions was dramatic. The grass we seeded was up, and temperatures at this session were in the 80’s.

Please checkout our gallery for more photos. To quickly recap the session, thirty one of us put in one hundred and fifty volunteer hours.

Guest groups and great lunches are essential. Please think about forming a guest group, or providing a tasty lunch – volunteers get hungry.

Next session, June 8th, is our last before Summer break – please get involved!

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Cascades Job Corps students…

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Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy demonstrated that great work can be done rain or shine. Above, on Saturday April 13, 2019, Job Corps volunteers stand on top of their work. We got a lot done, pushing through tough weather – with smiles. The mud that you see was seeded to pasture grass.

Skagit County Parks and Recreation was our lunch sponsor. Thank you! Guest groups and donated lunches in the past were central to our success. As you might guess, these hard working volunteers got hungry.

Our guest group calendar is open, and we’re looking for lunch donors or sponsors. If our work interests you please reach out to us…

May 11th is our first “public” session!

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The New Trails Project Shirt…

The above logo appears on the front of the new shirt, in the pocket location.

And this logo appears on back, which lists the project partners. The design was donated by Gwen Bolin. Thanks Gwen, we love it!

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Our volunteer session poster…

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Skagit Valley College’s Wildland Firefighing Class on 3/3/19…

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Skagit Valley College’s Wildland Firefighting Class came back. This second class, that was much larger, continued work on the Pump House Trail. With over three times as many students, and great weather – making for a productive day.

The next session is with Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy on April 13th, 2019. It will be the last special session before the first PUBLIC session on May 11th, 2019.

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Skagit Valley College’s Wildland Firefighing Class on 12/9/18…

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The Pump-house Trail is under construction. On December 9th, 2018 work on the NSRA Trails Project began, it’s official – WE ARE DIGGING!

This Skagit Valley College Wildland Firefighting Class is a “special” non-public session. It was led by Ryan Rettinghouse, a DNR Fire Crew Trainer, he is in the red hardhat – with his six trainees. He will return on March 3rd, 2019 with another class. This was a solid session, in spite of some tough weather. Thanks everyone!

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Ready, Set, Go…

Great news, our first ‘public’ volunteer session is scheduled for May 11th.

Budgets, contracts and trail projects have firmed up, so building is on the horizon. Pictured here Art Tuftee stands with tools purchased by Skagit County Parks & Recreation, being stored onsite by the Port of Skagit. This is great, thanks!

Funding volunteer sessions is next. Volunteers donate time, but hosting sessions is not cheap. There are a great many costs to cover…

Trained crew leaders arrive early and stay late. They get instructions before the session, then haul out and place the tools where needed. Rain or shine, they help train and lead volunteers; ensuring safety, effectiveness, and a great volunteer experience.  Afterwards tools must be picked up, cleaned, organized, sometimes sharpened – and put away.

Furthermore, volunteers deserve ‘great’ lunches, snacks, and to ‘earn’ volunteer tee shirts.  Over several sessions, with a minimum of ten hours, a volunteer tee shirt is earned. The shirt shows our appreciation, while helping with recruitment.

To do all of this, a nonprofit umbrella organization (to accept donations) MUST be setup. The best volunteer groups are well-resourced. We know the community supports trails, and in the past made generous donations to help.

Might helping form a board interest you?  If so, please click here – and let us know.