Schuylkill River Trail Volunteer Opportunities

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area operates and maintains 28 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties. Maintenance and upkeep along these sections of the trail are done solely by volunteers. Below is a breakdown of the participation options for helping care for the trail.

Download a Trail Volunteer Brochure.

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information on any of the programs listed, please call the Schuylkill River Heritage Area at 484-945-0200, or email Trails Project Manager Robert Folwell at rfolwell@schuylkillriver.org.

Work Day Volunteers

Both the Bartram Section of the Schuylkill River Trail (in Schuylkill and Upper Berks Counties) and the Thun Section (from Pottstown to Reading in Berks County) have volunteer coordinators who oversee regular maintenance along those parts of the trail. The coordinators organize work days periodically for trail upkeep, such as pruning branches, cutting back overgrowth and removing litter. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area notifies all volunteers when a work day is planned. Work days are scheduled as needed throughout the year, but more often during the warmer months.

Trail Ambassadors

Trail users over the age of 18 who regularly frequent the trail and wish to volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours a month from April through October are eligible to become Schuylkill River Trail Ambassadors. The Trail Ambassador program was established in an effort to provide information and assistance to other trail users. All ambassadors receive training and are issued red identifying shirts (see photo left), and a backpack with maps and first aid supplies.

Special Project Volunteers

Boy Scout Eagle projects and other community service projects are always welcome along all parts of the Schuylkill River Trail. In addition, skilled workers such as masons, carpenters or back hoe operators who are seeking volunteer opportunities can also assist with special projects like building steps, improving trail heads and addressing drainage issues.

 

Civic Group Volunteers

We welcome school groups, scout troops, community service organizations, church groups and others who wish to participate in a one-time project such as litter cleanup, bush cutting, ditch clearing and, occasionally, trail resurfacing. Typically such projects take about three hours.

 

Adopt-a-trail program

This program is intended for groups who are willing to commit to trail projects, such as litter cleanups and pruning, three times a year for two years along a specified segment of trail. A sign recognizing the group as an Adopt-a-Trail participant will be erected near the assigned segment.

 

Sponsor-a-trail program

This program is targeted to businesses and organizations who wish to make a two- to three-year financial commitment to support costs associated with trail management and maintenance for a specified segment of the trail. Signs acknowledging participants are posted along the sponsored segment.

Thank you to our Sponsor-a-Trail Partners: