Volunteer Resource Center

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We are dedicated to providing our volunteers with the most up to date information needed to build, maintain and promote the North Country Trail and run your chapters smoothly and successfully.

Our Chapter Leadership Handbook is the go-to document for anyone interested in a leadership position within the NCTA but these pages are also packed with information for all of our volunteers from Chapter President to Trail Adopter to Landowner.

We’ve organized our resources by the following topics.  Take some time to explore and see what we have to offer and please let us know what you do find useful and what subjects you would like to know more about.

Trail Design Construction and Management

Learn how to design and build a sustainable trail, blaze and sign the NCT and how to stay safe while managing groups of volunteers in the woods.

Working with Land Management Partners

Learn skills to effectively partner with our public land management agencies.

Working with Private Land Owners

Learn skills to secure the long-term protection of the Trail across private land with our Trail Protection Guide, Landowner Options brochure and Trail Protection Grant program.

Volunteer Management

Learn more about managing a chapter with our Chapter Leadership Handbook. Recruit, manage and recognize your chapter volunteers with online tools, advice from the experts and stories about what others are doing on the Trail.

Outreach and Communication

Introduction to the NCT video, chapter logos, NCTA logos, events planning guides, and membership outreach tools.

Grant Applications and Financial Management

Field Grant Applications and Report forms, Project Funding Applications, chapter financial management and tips on additional funding sources.

Education and Policies

Research on hiking, trails and outdoor recreation as well as materials to help us be better stewards and teach sustainable ethics.

Trail Towns

Information on the Trail Town Program and materials to establish, implement, and communicate the program.