The Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail is a grassroots, community effort. Volunteers, which include individuals, civic groups, youth groups, and businesses, provide valuable help by adopting sites along the trail and completing annual maintenance and monitoring tasks.
• Volunteer campsite adopters open a campsite in the spring, conduct at least one check during the summer, and close the campsite in the fall. View campsites up for adoption
• Volunteer access point adopters keep access paths and portage trails clear, replace missing or damaged signs, maintain sign in registers, and pick up trash. View access points up for adoption
• Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) Trail Maintainers adopt the section of the Connecticut River that overlaps with the NFCT, and serve as the eyes and ears for the waterway. Learn more
• Participate in a waterway work trip During the summer and fall, partnering organizations often host volunteer waterway work trips to build campsites, improve portage trails, etc. Upcoming Opportunities
Depending on what site is adopted, volunteers will be supervised by a specific organization who is responsible for site stewardship, such as the Vermont River Conservancy, the Upper Valley Land Trust, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, or local conservation commissions.
In general, all site adopters receive:
• A checklist of site maintenance tasks;
• Trainings and site orientations;
• Tools for use in completing maintenance tasks;
• Recognition in the media, on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail website, and, in some locations, adopt-a-site signage installed at access points and campsites;
• Invitation to social events such as river trips, trainings, and volunteer appreciation parties
If you are interested in adopting a site, please contact us.