Youth Volunteer Program

5 Reasons Teens Should Volunteer

Do you hike, ride a bike, or just enjoy being outdoors? Where is your favorite trail in Skagit County? Is it in Little Mountain Park, the Chuckanut hills, or Anacortes Forest Lands?

Wherever it is, chances are it was built by volunteers. Volunteers are people who care about their community, the future, and want to make cool things happen where they live.

Skagit Trail Builders is excited to be working on a new trail project in Sedro-Woolley at Northern State Recreation Area (NSRA) and you should be a part of it! Here’s a few reasons to volunteer:

  • GET BUFF.  Alright, maybe you won’t get ripped abs and massive guns, but your brain and body will get all the benefits that come from fresh air, daylight, playing in the dirt, and knowing you are doing something good for your community.
  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS. Or bring your own! Everyone is welcome! Volunteering is a great way to meet people outside of your school, get loose, joke around, have mind-expanding conversations, and create some real good times.
  • LEARN TO USE NEW TOOLS. Our trail builders use the same tools as wildfire crews and just like those firefighters we chop, hack, whack, clip, dig, rake, scrape, pry, pull, and occasionally lean on them to take a break. (Safety training is provided and we will never ask you to do anything out of your comfort zone.)
  • COOL STUFF FOR YOUR INSTAGRAM. Friends, tools, dirt, and massive biceps!?! You are going to be proud of your work and want to show it off. Bring your phone, take pictures or video (be sure to ask other volunteers if it’s OK), and don’t forget to share them with us, too. We love to see what you do!
  • BUILD YOUR RESUME FOR COLLEGE OR WORK. Volunteering won’t get you into college. However, admissions officers are interested in hearing about the impact volunteering has on you and, especially, the impact YOU have on your community. Volunteering is also a great way to network and meet people who can help you along your life’s journey.

So, become a trail volunteer and help build your new favorite trail! It’s super easy, start by following us on Facebook, and signup for a session by shooting us an email.

We can’t wait to meet you!

About the writer: Hi! My name is Jenny and I am a hiker, mountain biker, writer, mom, and experienced trail volunteer. My kids and I started volunteering with Mount Vernon Trail builders in 2012, working at Little Mountain Park.  That is where I met my husband, JT. He coordinates trail work for Skagit Trail Builders and loves playing in the dirt. To see photos of our travel and trail adventures, follow me on Instagram @JennyTaylorSandbo.