Volunteer for National Trails Day 2009 with REI and the American Hiking Society!

Whether it’s cleaning up trash or trimming back brush, the American Hiking Society needs our help in maintaining our country’s trails and precious forests! So, on June 6th, 2009, REI invites you to come out and join them in one of a two places around Atlanta to help beautify our parks and hiking trails. This is a nationwide event, so even if you’re not around Atlanta, you can still visit the wesbite by clicking here and find a volunteer location near you. Please see info on the two Atlanta locations below!

Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville

  • What: National Trails Day sponsired by the American Hiking Society and REI
  • When: Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 9 .m.
  • Where: Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville
  • Registration: Only if volunteering, please register with djessee@rei.com with location in subject line. If you have questions, please contact Jamie Fergerson at jferger@rei.com or 404.633.6508.
  • Cost: Free

This year we’re partnering with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, the Gwinnett Parks Foundation, and the Southern Off-Road Bike Association’s Gwinnett Co. Chapter (SORBA-GATR) at their annual Trail Mix Celebration. The event will be held at the multi-purpose Tribble Mill Park near Lawrenceville. Starting at 9AM we’ll need at least 40 volunteers to help with trail work (think shovels and getting dirty), and the whole day will be filled with events like hay rides, horseback tours, fun runs, rock climbing, and disc golf. The first 250 volunteers to register are guaranteed a wicking REI Volunteer T-shirt. Lunch and hydration will be provided.

Volunteers are needed to help man festival stations as well as do trail work. If you’re interested, please e-mail djessee@rei.com with your full name, phone number and T-shirt size (we have mens, womens, and child sizes) along with your preferred type of work (more strenuous trail work or easier festivity help). Also include which location you are registering for in the subject line. (Tribble Mill Volunteer, for ex.). We’ll email you with further information.

Powers Island branch of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

  • What: National Trails Day sponsired by the American Hiking Society and REI
  • When: Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at 9 .m.
  • Where: Powers Island branch of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Registration: Please register online by clicking here! If you have questions, please contact Natalie at nmolnar@rei.com or 770.901.9200 ext. 204.
  • Cost: Free

REI is partnering with the National Park Service and SORBA in helping to build a lasting legacy of trails, rivers, and wild lands for generations to come. Each year we participate in The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day to help beautify the local parks and trails where we recreate. For 2009, we’ll be helping out at the Powers Island branch of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

We will need lots of hands to cut brush, restore habitat, dig in the dirt, pull invasive plants and manuever wheelbarrows. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Bring work gloves and a reusable water bottle. A wicking REI Volunteer T-shirt will be provided to the first 250 volunteers to register. Snacks and hydration will be provided. The normal parking fee will not be assessed for volunteers that day.

There will be ample work for people of all ages and abilities!

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