Mammoth Cave - National Trails Day Event

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2024: JOIN US IN CELEBRATING AND CARING FOR OUR TRAILS AT MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK!


Each year on the first Saturday in June, NPS partner American Hiking Society hosts National Trails Day which takes place on trails across public lands. As the nation’s largest trails event, National Trails Day is a day of public events aimed at promotion, conservation, stewardship, and trail service.

-NPS.gov


DESCRIPTION

The park is in need of volunteers to help on a trail improvement project along the historic Old Guides' Trail, which leads from the Lodge parking area down to the Historic Entrance of Mammoth Cave. The project will focus on improving drainage and removing debris, with the ultimate goal of reducing trail erosion.


Volunteers will meet outside the Visitor Centerat 8:00 a.m. CENTRAL TIME for check-in and safety briefing. The event will last until approximately 1:00 p.m. CT.

Volunteers should bring snacks, water bottle, and a lunch, and wear long pants and close-toed shoes.


WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS

While the Old Guides' Trail is short (about 0.1 miles), it is relatively steep. Participants in this event should expect to encounter uneven terrain, loose rocks/gravel, and possibly slick areas.

Broken glass and other sharp debris may also be encountered along the trail and in drainage areas. Other potential hazards of outdoor work include stinging insects, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, poison ivy, trip and fall hazards, weather hazards, overuse injuries, overexertion, and heat-related illness. Some heavy lifting of branches and rocks--with or without assistance--may be required to complete this project.


EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2024*

Goal : To improve drainage and erosion control along the Old Guides' Trail

Location/Time: Meet at 8:00 a.m. CENTRAL TIME in front of the park Visitor Center ( 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-0007) for ch eck-in, orientation, and safety briefing.

Dress Code: Long pants and sturdy, closed-toe boots/shoes, preferably with good ankle support (no sandals, flip-flops, or crocs allowed).

Age Limit: All ages are welcome, but participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must sign up for this event by emailing MACA_VIP@nps.gov or calling the Volunteer Program Office at (270) 758-2158.

What to Bring: Volunteers should bring their own water bottles, snacks/lunch, sun protection (i.e. hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and gloves.

Provided: The park will provide a jug of water to refill volunteers' bottles, tools and equipment needed to complete projects, and bug spray.


*This is an outdoor event and is therefore dependent on weather conditions. Please check theVolunteer Page on the park website for updates and/or cancellations closer to the day of the event.


Questions? Email MACA_VIP@nps.gov

Start Date - 2024-06-01

End Date - 2024-06-01

Activities include: Trail/Campground Maintenance

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WHEN

Fri May 31, 2024 - Sat Jun 01, 2024
05:00 PM - 04:59 PM

WHERE

1 Mammoth Cave ParkwayMammoth Cave, KY 42259

(37.18699,-86.10124)
 

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