Volunteer Opportunities

Trail & Conservation Work

Join Prickly Pear Land Trust staff and volunteers in giving back to the trails that are such a big part of living in Helena. These events are fun for the entire family and we always have a variety of tasks to match everyone’s ability and interest. Prickly Pear Land Trust will provide the tools and instruction on trail work. We also have gloves and a limited supply of hard hats, if you need them. In order to be able to volunteer with PPLT proper protective clothing must be worn. Those items include:

In addition to protective equipment these other items are useful:

We typically work rain or shine. However, we will not work if there are storms in the area that contain high winds or lightning. In the event of unfavorable weather, we will make the determination to reschedule the event 1.5 hours before the workday and post the cancellation notice on our website and Facebook page.

Several hands-on trail maintenance and conservation work opportunities are available throughout the season. Meeting locations and work specifics will be updated as we know them, generally one or two weeks in advance of the work date. Mark your calendar now and plan to participate in one of the following service events in 2019!

Monday, April 29th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, June 1st, 9:00 a.m. – Noon: National Trails Day!

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Monday, June 17th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

PPLT staff and volunteers will be working on two exciting South Hills trail projects. Project 1: revisiting the Bompart connector trail built in 2018 for a traditional year-after maintenance effort of pulling weeds in disturbed areas, widen narrow sections, rake away slough, and more! Project 2: retreading a section of Easy Rider between 2006 and Archery Range. All are invited to meet us at the Beattie Street Trailhead at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 17.

**Note that this schedule is subject to change based on how wet or dry the trails are so please RSVP to our Facebook event or check our website for any changes to meeting location.

What to bring: In order to volunteer with PPLT, you must be wearing proper protective equipment. That includes, close-toed shoesgloves (if you have them, we will have some you can borrow if you don’t), bike helmet/hard hat (if you have one, we have a limited supply of hard hats to borrow if you need one.)

PPLT will provide trail tools, supervision, water, a great time!
Monday, July 15th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

As part of PPLT’s week of celebrating the history of Mt. Ascension, join volunteers for a community trail work day at the Beattie St. trailhead on Monday, July 15, from 5:30—7:30. There will be a variety of tasks for people of all ages and different levels of ability.

What to bring: In order to volunteer with PPLT, you must be wearing proper protective equipment. That includes, close-toed shoesgloves (if you have them, we will have some you can borrow if you don’t), bike helmet/hard hat (if you have one, we have a limited supply of hard hats to borrow if you need one.) PPLT will provide trail tools, supervision, water, a great time!

**Note that this schedule is subject to change based on weather. RSVP to our Facebook event or check our website for any changes to meeting location.

Monday, September 16th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Business, School, and Community Organization Trail Events

Do you have a designated service day at your work? Are you a teacher looking for opportunities for your students to give back to the community? Do you lead a community organization that would like to do hands-on trail maintenance or conservation work?

PPLT happily hosts numerous service days for groups each trail season! Please call 442-0490 or email [email protected] for more information and to schedule a group event.

Adopt-a-Trail

Do you find yourself on the trail often and see trail items that need attention? Adopt-A-Trail is the right spot for you! Adopt-A-Trail volunteers walk their trail a minimum of twice a year and report any findings to the PPLT Trails Coordinator. Help us by picking up garbage, spotting weeds, noticing missing or broken signs, and any other issues that need to be attended to. This is a minimal commitment and is perfect for those who want to be involved on their own schedule!

To register for this program please contact [email protected] or call us at (406) 442-0490.

We’d Love To Have Your Help Throughout The Year!

We rely on volunteers to help us:

  • in the office doing data entry
  • on the trails during trail work evenings
  • work on committees
    • Education and Outreach
    • Harvest Moon Banquet and Auction
    • Don’t Fence Me In trail run
  • help out at one of our community events
  • serve on the board of directors

For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please call us at (406) 442-0490.

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