Get Involved with The Bear Mountain Trails Project


Trail Conference Project Leaders 

Ama Koenigshof - Project Manager, Trail Builder/Educator, 616-337-2481; [email protected]

Kevin Simpson - Trail Construction Manager


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Volunteer Information

Work trips led by NYNJTC's on-staff trail builder/educator, trail construction manager, and AmeriCorps members involve a variety of tasks, such as: prepping work sites, quarrying and/or splitting stone, using an overhead highline to transport stone, creating crushed stone (with mash and sledge hammers), building crib walls, setting rock steps, and revegetation. 

Bring your lunch, plenty of water, sturdy workshoes, and long pants. Tools, materials, and training will be provided. Gloves, safety glasses, and hard hats, which are REQUIRED while on the worksite, will also be provided. 

Bear Mountain far from home?  Volunteer at Bear Mountain and stay at our camp nearby.  Contact Ama for more info.

Coming from NYC and don't have a car?  Take the Metro North to Garrison Station and we will pick you up. You must arrange with Ama a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

To sign up for a worktrip: 

Sign up ONLINE or contact Ama at 616-337-2481 or [email protected].  Please wait for either an email or phone confirmation from us prior to attending a worktrip to confirm so we know whether to expect you and what tools to prepare. Do not just show up without a confirmation or you will be turned away.

Please phone/email the leaders for any needed clarification of meeting location and driving directions.

Worried about a weather cancellation? - call the leaders between 7:00 and 8:00 that morning.

Be Advised: These work trips are strenuous!

Get your trail building skills up to speed with Trail U

Trail-U courses are offered at Bear Mtn. throughout the season to gain insight and experience in the field and learn trail building skills.  Check out the Trail U SCHEDULE and search for courses with Bear Mountain in the title.




Volunteer Service Agreement

Guardian Consent (for people under the age of 18)


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