Who we are: Skagit Trail Builders is 100% run by volunteers! The community trails project at Northern State Recreation Area is a collaboration between Skagit Trail Builders, the City of Sedro Woolley, Skagit County Parks and Recreation, and the Port of Skagit.
The smoke from distant wildfires made for moody skies, but our intrepid volunteers showed up and made excellent headway on the trail project! We are pleased with the progress made at our first session of the 2022-2023 build season. We were also excited to welcome back our regular volunteer crew after a long summer and get to know several new volunteers.
Our Sept 10 work party was focused on building up a 500-foot section of the new Pump House Loop Trail that is prone to flooding in the winter months. We want this trail to be accessible year-round, so we need to install culverts and lots and lots of rock.
Here’s what we accomplished at our Sept 10 work party:
Leveled and raked about 500 feet of trail
Prepped areas where culverts will be set
Placed and stapled landscape cloth to suppress weeds in the trail tread
Set the first culvert and built up the level of the trail around it with rock and gravel
Now we are in a race against the rainy season – we hope to complete this portion of the trail by the end of October. Our focus for the next 3-4 work parties will be on setting culverts and building up the level of the trail in this area. We need many hands to get this done.
We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Everyone can be involved in creating this amazing community asset! We welcome individuals, families, community groups, and employee volunteer teams.
Skagit Trail Builders is 100% run by volunteers! The community trails project at Northern State Recreation Area is a collaboration between Skagit Trail Builders, the City of Sedro Woolley, Skagit County Parks and Recreation, and the Port of Skagit.
On Saturday, September 10th, we begin our 2022-2023 trail building season. The Pump House Bridge is DONE (hooray)! That means we can bring people, machinery, tools, and materials across the creek to start the next phase of the project.
Now we’re racing to beat the rainy season. We must install drainage (culverts and lots of drain rock) to build up a section of the trail susceptible to flooding. We want this trail to be used year round!
We’ve got work for everyone – all ages, sizes, abilities and skills are encouraged to join us in creating this amazing community asset. We will be running machinery, moving soil and rock, laying landscape cloth, clearing brush, digging blackberry crowns and a variety of other tasks that require many hands.
Many companies host employee giving campaigns, supporting staff efforts to create positive social impact and give back to their communities. This support comes in several forms, including matching employee donations, tax-free payroll deductions, and paying employees to spend a day volunteering for a charitable organization.
Volunteering with Skagit Trail Builders is a wonderful way for employee teams to donate time. Here’s why:
Working outside is great for your physical and mental health.
Spending time with your colleagues away from the office in an outdoor setting is excellent for team building.
Being able to see the results of your labor at the end of the day (knowing you’ve done something good for the community) is incredibly gratifying!
Our work parties are scheduled the2nd and 4th Saturdaysof the month, Sept-June (except for holidays). To register for our next work party, visit our sign-up form.
If your employee volunteer team would like to schedule a work party during the work week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a special session.
If spending a day outdoors building trail isn’t for you, but you’d still like to support the project, we encourage you to donate. You and your company can make a one time donation or set up an on-going tax-free payroll deduction. Please contact us for more information.
Adam is our longest serving youth volunteer. He started volunteering with us nearly a decade ago. This year he graduated from Mount Vernon High School, where he served as their ASB President.
We are so proud of Adam. He has done a lot to earn his place on our leadership team. Hard working and full of good energy, he runs equipment and is always looking around and asking “OK, what’s next?” He’s a serious guy most of the time but is known to bust out some pretty sweet dance moves when the mood strikes.