New friends are part of the reward of a volunteer trail team.
Friends of the VI National Park is launching another year of maintaining all six miles of VINP trails plus ruins, beaches and coastlines, and is reaching out to locals and visitors to join in this important and rewarding team work.
The Trails Program has a new and energetic coordinator, Nick Marcet, who will work with volunteers on general maintenance projects while he resides at the Trail Crew base camp at Cinnamon Bay. From there, Marcet will coordinate trail crews of both weekly and daily volunteer groups.
Work projects vary weekly and volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. The experience of an “honest days work” in the outdoors and giving back to the National Park for all to enjoy is central to the experience of volunteer trail maintenance. Volunteers end each day with new friends and a sense of accomplishment that all can see.
Those interested in helping out don’t need to call, just simply show up any Tuesday or Thursday (November through April) at the VINP maintenance parking lot at 8 a.m., at Cinnamon Bay at 8:15 a.m. or at Maho Bay Camps at 8:30 a.m. starting on Tuesday, November 20.
Be sure to bring sufficient water and a snack, wear brush appropriate attire and bring gloves if available. Call Marcet at (850) 519-1112 or Friends of VINP at (340) 779-4940 for more information.