Volunteer Opportunities


Adopt-A-Trail is a volunteer program that allows the public to be active participants in preserving the beauty and recreational value of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. Volunteers assist with keeping trails safe and looking great so that everyone can enjoy them. 


Community organizations, church groups, businesses, families, and individuals are encouraged to get involved. Participants are welcome to select an available section of trail based on volunteer preferences.


Trash bags and gloves can be provided and grabbers can be borrowed. Trails can be adopted year-round and adopters are encouraged to patrol and maintain their section of trail throughout the spring, summer, and fall months.


  • Report problems on the trail – if you see something, say something

  • Pick up and bag litter at least three times between March – October

    • Preferably pick up litter at least once in the spring months, once in the summer months, and once in the fall months

    • Trash bags and grabbers can be provided

  • Inspect the condition of the trail and signs

  • Remove fallen branches of 6-inch diameter or less

  • Submit a completed Work Report form after each work day


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Volunteers are required to commit to the program for 1 year

  • If trail work is done as a group, 1 individual 18+ must be designated as the group leader and liaison

  • All volunteers or volunteer group leaders must sign and submit a Volunteer Agreement form before beginning their duties as trail adopters

  • Volunteers must complete and submit a Work Report form after each trail work day

  • Limit work to the designated trail



  • Do not pick up any hazardous material or unreasonably heavy or large branches; report these items to the Trail Manager (570-524-3840).

  • Do not reroute or modify trails

  • Volunteers are responsible for providing their own water and transportation to/from their trail section

  • Failure to perform Duties, submit Required Forms, or adhere to Restrictions will result in the trail being made available for adoption to other interested parties

Click here for Adopt-a-Trail application!

For current Adopt-A-Trail volunteers, click here for Work Report form.