Helping Out

 Trail Maintenance volunteers from CT Northeast Mountain Bike Association and ALT

Trail Maintenance volunteers from CT Northeast Mountain Bike Association and ALT

VOLUNTEER YOUR SERVICES

You can help maintain our properties, research potential gifts, publicize our efforts, or just walk and enjoy our properties. All kinds of talents are needed. Click here to reach our volunteer contact form, and tell us in the "comments" section about the kind of activities that interest you. 

 

Blueberry Pruners:

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These volunteers prune the old and dead wood from our 800 bushes annually. This encourages new growth and keeps the bushes healthy. We usually have one or two pruning sessions in the early spring March or April depending on the winter season. Pruners get first dibs on picking the ripe blueberries in the summer!

 

Trail Stewards:

 Wagenbach Family Trail Stewards

Wagenbach Family Trail Stewards

Help us monitor our properties by volunteering as a Trail Steward. Trail Stewards walk our trailed nature preserves and monitor for fallen trees and other issues. You can help us in any way you can, from removing downed trees from the trails to simply walking a property twice a month and letting us know if you see any trail obstructions. Family trail stewards welcome. It's a great family activity if you have children.

After volunteering for a particular interest, you will be contacted by email whenever a project is taking place. If you are able to join the team on the day of the  project, please respond accordingly, directions will be sent to confirm your participation.

 

Invasive Species Volunteers:

Volunteers are alerted to a plant foreign to a preserve that is trying to take it over and as a team, tackle removing it. Past projects included garlic mustard and barberry, strangler vines and exotic wisteria.

Trail Maintenance Volunteers:

 ALT Trail Stewards at their Annual Meeting

ALT Trail Stewards at their Annual Meeting

 

Volunteers repair trails within preserves in an organized manner, led by the preserve Trail Steward or in some cases, a trained trail expert. Projects include re-routing damaged trails, boardwalk building, and erosion control.

After volunteering for a particular interest, you will be contacted by email whenever a project is taking place. If you are able to join the team on the day of the project, please respond accordingly, directions will be sent to confirm your participation.

 

 

SUBCOMMITTEEs:

We have lots of fun ways to get involved! Sign up for any or all of the following

Trails:  This subcommittee makes sure our trails are physically up to par.  They monitor the trails and perform reroutes when necessary.  They view our trails as an entire system and determine where and how our trail system should function. 

Trail Stewards:  This subcommittee organizes the trail stewards and trail steward events.  The trail stewards are a great group of people who are the bedrock on which ALT stands.  This subcommittee makes sure these dedicated volunteers have everything they need and organizes social gatherings for the group.

Invasives:  ALT is committed to fighting invasives using best scientific practices.  This subcommittee is to keep abreast of the latest scientific research on invasives to inform our on-the-ground invasive warriors. 

K-College:  Although we are a land preservation group, because we hold our properties in perpetuity, we also seek to engage young people in our work.  Our K-college subcommittee runs our youth and family programs.  

Haskins Preserve Project: Our preserves are intricately connected to all the property in Fairfield County.  The Haskins Project helps protect ALT land by setting up demonstration areas for landowners to learn ecologically sustainable private land management practices.

Grants Committee:  There are numerous local, state, and federal grants that the we would like to pursue.  This committee researches those grants and may evolve to help write them.  

COMMITEES:

The Land Trust has several committees and we are always looking for expertise. Commitees include: Membership, Land Acquisition, Land Management, Finance.  
For example, if you would like to help with the Marketing and Communication programs, please let us know by filling out the Volunteer Information Request form. 

 

Volunteer Information Request