Volunteers, thank you for another amazing year. Volunteer Appreciation Week is back in 2021!
We hope you'll join us November 13 - 19 for small in-person gatherings and online celebrations for everyone who has volunteered with us — trail maintenance crew members, hiking guide correspondents, trip reporters, ambassadors, magazine writers and editors, tech developers, advocates and more.
If you write for the hiking guide or help keep our app running smoothly, you continue to help thousands of people find hikes. Trip reporters, you reached an amazing milestone this year — 200,000 trip reports filed since 1996. If you write for the magazine or contribute photos, you helped us make four beautiful issues of Washington Trails that inspired and educated readers across Washington and beyond.
If you spoke up for trails, thank you! In addition to other advocacy accomplishments, you helped make our first-ever online Hiker Rally Day possible. Ambassadors, thank you for spreading the word about WTA's mission and helping us engage even more people in protecting trails.
And if you came out to one work party this year or 200, thank you for joining nearly 3,000 other volunteers and contributing over 120,000 hours of trail maintenance across the state.
If you've ever donated time to Washington Trails Association, these parties are for you.
Volunteer Appreciation Week Schedule of Events
Check out our work party calendar for opportunities to get out on trail with other trail maintenance volunteers. There are 30 work parties (and counting) to choose from! You can also take a look at our at-home party kit.
Saturday November 13
Hike at Mount Spokane
Join Holly on a hike at Mount Spokane to view some of the work accomplished by WTA over the years and to stop and enjoy the wooden bench that our trail family installed as a memorial to assistant crew leader Jay Dewitt.
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Holly Weiler, Eastern Washington Regional Coordinator
Sunday November 14
Take a look at these work parties.
Monday November 15
WTA Trivia Night
By popular demand, trivia is back! Team up with other volunteers for three rounds of trivia based on WTA facts, trail smarts and the great outdoors of our fine state.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
Hosted by: Chương Phạm, Volunteer Program Coordinator
Tuesday November 16
How to Become an Assistant Crew Leader Q&A
Interested in learning more about what it takes to become an assistant crew leader (ACL)? Join a panel of WTA staff and experienced volunteer leaders for this Q&A session.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Barbara Budd, Northwest Regional Coordinator and Stasia Honnold, Southwest Regional Coordinator
Wednesday November 17
Trail Analysis and Happy Hour at Cougar Mountain
Join us for a hike focused on Trail Analysis along Cougar Mountain's trail network and stay for an open air BYOB happy hour afterward!
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hosted By: Brandon Tigner, North Puget Sound Regional Coordinator
Happy Hour at Larrabee State Park
Hang out with WTA staff and fellow volunteers under a picnic shelter at Larrabee State Park. Come and go as it fits your schedule but please register ahead, as space is limited. WTA will bring the snacks!
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Barbara Budd, Northwest Regional Coordinator
Happy Hour Social - Virtual
Come hang out and chat with WTA staff and fellow volunteers! Drop in when you can, leave when you need to. This one's a casual hangout.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted By: TBD
Thursday November 18
Volunteer Celebration and Awards Presentation
Raffle prizes, milestone awards, volunteer stories and more. It's time to celebrate what you accomplished in 2021!
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday November 19
Trail Analysis and Picnic Lunch at Cougar Mountain
Join us for a hike focused on training your "Trail Eyes" along Cougar Mountain's trail network and stay for an open air BYO Picnic Lunch afterward!
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hosted By: Emily Snyder, Trail Crew Lead
Blandford Canyon Hike and Happy Hour
Join WTA staff for a leisurely hike at Blandford Canyon and then meet up at The Heavy Metal Pizza and Brewing Company nearby for unstructured social time.
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hosted By: Stasia Honnold, Southwest Regional Coordinator and Ryan Ojerio, Southwest Regional Manager
2021 Volunteer Memories
We asked you to share some of your favorite memories of this year, and you delivered. We gathered up some of those highlights and photos into a celebration blog post.