National Parks of New York Harbor - Trails and Rails Program


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


26 Wall StNew York, NY 10005


National Parks of New York Harbor program

The Trails and Rails program will provide you the opportunity to travel from New York City to Washington D.C. for free, all while providing passengers information about the sites that they pass by during their trip. Volunteers provide educational talks and a "show and tell" program while on the train. We are currently revamping the program, and are hoping to offer more destinations besides Washington D.C in the future! For more information you can click the link below. The program operates on Saturdays.


Volunteers are provided one meal and free train fare.

Number of Trips

Volunteer guides will need to commit at a minimum to one trip every two months, after their training is complete.


Volunteers selected for the program will be required to attend a mandatory six hour training class. There will be a weekend training date held in Penn Station. The selected Guides will also be required to make two supervised trainings runs onboard Amtrak and successfully complete the training. The training will consist of National Park Service Operations, Amtrak safety guidelines, and communications training. Trails and Rails training will allow you to be a certified Trails and Rails volunteer for 2 years before having to undergo training again.

Contact for more information!


  • Public Speaking
  • Problem Solving
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • Youth Services
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • minimum to one trip every two months
  • mandatory six hour training class

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