Volunteering

Trail volunteers at work 2.Thank you for your interest in the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. Our volunteers play a large role in the work that we do. They contribute volumes of energy and commitment, making many of our initiatives possible. There are several ways in which you can get involved at CFPA. Please let us know your interests and any special skills you have by completing and returning the Volunteer Information Form. We will work with you to find the volunteer opportunity that best matches your time and interest. We look forward to teaming up with you to connect Connecticut residents and visitors to the land we cherish. RSVP to our next Volunteer Orientation, see details at bottom of page.

Conserve: If you would like to help to protect and maintain trails, then you have found the right place. Over 500 volunteers across the state assist CFPA in keeping the 825 miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails open so that others may enjoy them. Once we receive your Volunteer Information Form, we'll add you to the list to receive the Blue Blaze, CFPA's spring & fall trail newsletter that lists statewide trail work parties. Find a work party that fits your skill level and schedule, pack your gloves and water, and join us on the trail.

Organize: Not all our work is done outdoors. We can often use assistance with clerical projects like mailings, archival efforts, and other organizational activities. Our administrative staff is in the office Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and welcomes your assistance. If you are interested in giving us a hand in the office, please note it on your Volunteer Information Form and we'll be in touch to coordinate a project and time that works for you.

Celebrate: CFPA sponsored events and activities are a great way to bring our membership together and build public awareness about our organization and initiatives. We can always use help in planning and running our established grassroots events like Trails Day. Have an idea for new event? Let us know you're interested in events on your Volunteer Information Form, and we will connect you with our events volunteers so you can explore ways to get your new, fun activity ideas off the ground.

Mentor: If you enjoy being outside and would like to share that interest with others, please consider becoming a WalkCT Family Guide. Family Guides are an integral part of our WalkCT program, leading two WalkCT Family Rambles and participating in two training sessions each year. This fun group of adults enjoys sharing their love of nature with Connecticut families. Indicate that you are interested in becoming WalkCT Family Guide on your Volunteer Information Form, and we'll work with you on attending the next available training session.

These are a few of our specific ongoing tasks but visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to see the most recent projects.

Please print, complete, and return the Volunteer Information Form to the CFPA via one of the following ways.

  • Mail it to: CFPA; 16 Meriden Rd.; Rockfall, CT 06481
  • Fax it to: (860) 347-7463
  • Scan it and email a pdf to: lfossett@ctwoodlands.org

If you'd like to view a YouTube video of some volunteers from Wesleyan learning about how to maintain the trails, click here.

Our next Volunteer Orientation will be held September 20, 2014.