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Help us build and maintain the Ozark Trail by coming to one of our many events.  No experience is required, no tools are required, and you don't have to be particularly strong.  People of all ages are welcome, so bring your kids, grandparents--even your dog.

So how do you sign up?  Simply click on the Sign Up button next to the outing you wish to volunteer for, or if the Outing Leader has an email address, you can click on the name of the Leader to send an email.

Email the Outing Leader for more information on a particular outing.  For general volunteering information, or to become a certified Crew Leader, contact our Volunteer Coordinator

Upcoming Events
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Round Spring III - 2 day build 1/27-28/18
Saturday, Jan 27 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

It's coming off of a FULL MOON weekend so plan to join us as we howl at the moon!  Plans are to meet at the Round Spring Group Camping area just south of the Current River bridge on Hwy 19 Saturday morning by 8:30am, do sign-ins, welcome everyone, grab tools and head up the trail to the worksite at 8:45am. Being January, come prepared for cold weather. Dressing in layers, having a good hat, socks, boots and gloves will make it a better experience. Please bring a day-pack to carry the lunch you bring, water, snacks and “extras”. Please wear sturdy boots and bring work gloves if you have them. We will have some loaners if you forget.

We will have a hot meal back at the lodge at Current River SP after the build. Let me know of any special dietary concerns you may have by commenting when you register. If you want to share in a pot-luck breakfast Sunday morning, bring some eggs, bacon, juice or can of biscuits and we'll feast. This is optional and supported by what you folks bring. I'm happy to cook it up for you!!

The lodge at CRSP has beds available Friday and Saturday night to bunk down. Space is limited and I will let anyone know if we run out of beds so if you have to bring a sleeping pad in case the beds fill up! You may also camp in the front of the lodge or down by the river. There are shower facilities as well as a kitchen to cook in.  You will also be responcible for your own bedding and camping gear.

In the event of extreme weather, I will contact you by Friday morning if the event is cancelled.

Kathie Brennan



Super Bowl Build at Round Spring
Saturday, Feb 03 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Make it a SUPER Weekend as we continue construction of new trail down on the Current River.  Based out of Current River SP, there is lodging available as well as camping.  Details are the same as before.  Questions, be sure to contact Kathie.

 

Kathie Brennan





Backcountry Scouting and Flagging Part 1
Tuesday, Feb 06 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

THIS IS A MULTI DAY, DURING THE WEEK EVENT:  SEE PART 2 FOR A WEEKEND VERSION

This event is support of our ongoing efforts to construct the Current River Trail aka Round Spring Spur/Section.  The objectives for this event are to locate and determine the status of a segment of trail in Low Gap Hollow built several years ago and to flag additional segments of the new trail for construction later this spring.  The plan is spend 2-3 days in the backcountry and 1-2 nights of primitive camping.  We will be backpacking about 1.5 miles to the area and then operating out of a base camp.

This is a scouting and flagging event.  We will not be performing actual construction.  Flagging new trail requiires some bushwhacking and can be an iterative process to acheive a sustainable alignment.  You will hopefully find the process to be interesting.

Primitive camping means that you will need a sleeping bag rated for typical Missouri winter weather such a low temperature of 20 degrees, a tent, a backpacking stove and pot, food for 2-3 days, water purification equipment, change of clothes and backpack that can carry it all.

The event will be cancelled or postponed if extreme weather is predicted (Lows below 20 deg F, Highs below 35 deg F, Monsoon rains, ice storms, or heavy snow.) 

We will meet at the Himont Trail Head in the Roger Pryor Backcountry at 830 am and then drive to where we will begin the walk in.

When you sign up please indicate your availability in terms of the number of day you can participate.

This event will be updated with detailed directions to Himont, our dismount point, and area of operations.

 

 

Roger Allison



Maintenance Somewhere out There!
Saturday, Feb 10 2018 - 8:30am
Maintenance

We'll be heading out to do some sawing, lopping, brushing and signing of the OT somewhere out there....where will be determined by trip reports and the Sawyers report.  Sawyers are needed so if you can be sure to sign up.  More details will be available closer to event. 

 

Kathie Brennan





Backcounty Scouting and Flagging Part 2
Saturday, Feb 10 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

THIS EVENT IS A TWO DAY EVENT.

This event is support of our ongoing efforts to construct the Current River Trail aka Round Spring Spur/Section.  The objectives for this event are to locate and determine the status of a segment of trail in Low Gap Hollow built several years ago and to flag additional segments of the new trail for construction later this spring.  The plan is spend 2 days in the backcountry and 1 night of primitive camping.  We will be backpacking about 1.5 miles to the area and then operating out of a base camp.

This is a scouting and flagging event.  We will not be performing actual construction.  Flagging new trail requiires some bushwhacking and can be an iterative process to acheive a sustainable alignment.  You will hopefully find the process to be interesting.

Primitive camping means that you will need a sleeping bag rated for typical Missouri winter weather such a low temperature of 20 degrees, a tent, a backpacking stove and pot, food for 2 days, water purification equipment, change of clothes and backpack that can carry it all.

The event will be cancelled or postponed if extreme weather is predicted (Lows below 20 deg F, Highs below 35 deg F, Monsoon rains, ice storms, or heavy snow.) 

We will meet at the Himont Trail Head in the Roger Pryor Backcountry at 830 am and then drive to where we will begin the walk in.

This event will be updated with detailed directions to Himont, our dismount point, and area of operations.

 

Roger Allison



Crew Leader Certification with NCCC crew ( 2 days)
Thursday, Feb 15 2018 - 8:30am
Certification

We are so excited to be able to host an NCCC(division of AmeriCorp) crew from Denver for the next 6 weeks.  This 12 member crew will be doing training for crew leader certification beginning on Wednesday, February 15 with classroom work the first day.  Day two will be field and hands on of what they learned in the classroom.  Volunteers who have wanted to get more involved with the scope of construction and maintenance are encouraged to attend this two day certification.  Lodging will be available on first come as well as camping.  Meals will be provided for both days for OTA volunteers.  Questions?  Contact Kathie for further information.

Kathie Brennan



Trivia Night at Affton Elks Lodge, Affton MO
Saturday, Feb 17 2018 - 6:00pm
Fund Raiser

It's time to gather the troops and sign up for the 6th Annual Ozark Trail Association Trivia Night!   This is always a great time and a great way to support the work of the Ozark Trail Association!

Saturday, February 17, 2018                  

Affton Elks Lodge, 6330 Heege Road, Affton, MO 63123

 FEATURING:

                •Ten rounds of ten questions of general trivia as well as questions about the Ozark Trail

                •Beer and soda set-ups provided

                •Please, no outside alcohol!  We want to be in compliance with the policies

                  Please feel free to bring your own food spread for your table

                •50/50 drawings, an AWESOME raffle and a killer Silent Auction and much more!  We will have a square on site for

                  payments.

                •8 persons/table @ $20/person

                •Doors open at 6 and Trivia questions begin at 7 pm

To reserve a table,  e-mail or text April Scott at april.scott@ozarktrail.com

April Scott



Round Spring V - 2 day Build
Saturday, Feb 24 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Same as before......let's keep it going!!!

Kathie Brennan



Ozark Trail Council Meeting
Saturday, Feb 24 2018 - 10:00am
Meeting

The Ozark Trail Council is made up of the land managers including Federal, State and local agencies as well as the Sierra Club, Missouri Backcountry Horseman and private land owners where the Ozark Trail traverses across public lands.  The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the role of the partners, i.e. USFS, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Corp of Engineers, Missouri DNR State Parks, MO Department of Conservation along with organizations who have assisted in the developement of the Ozark Trail.

The meeting will begin at 10 am at Echo Bluff State Park. 

Kathie Brennan



Round Spring VI - 2 day build
Saturday, Mar 03 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Same as before......let's do this!

Kathie Brennan





Pacific Riverwalk River Cleanup
Saturday, Mar 10 2018 - 8:00am
Construction

The Ozark Trail Association, Pacific River Walk Trail Association (or Pacific River Walk Trail Crew) , and Great Rivers Greenway are joining forces to clean up a future riverfront park location in Pacific, Missouri.  Located on the Meramec River, this beautiful river property was recently acquired by Great Rivers Greenway with plans to turn approximately 13 acres of wooded area into a park where construction of a river front trail will eventually connect to Eureka to the east and the Ozark Trail to the southwest.  The focus of the work on March 10th will involve removing invasive and unwanted vegetation along with the debris of old river cabins that have collapsed.

Volunteers need to be aware that this clean up involves removing flood debris with nail embedded wood as well as broken glass. It is advised that volunteers not bring small children or pets due to the dangers present at this time.  The Pacific River Walk Trail Crew is arranging for heavy equipment to clear any large items but many hands will be needed to pick up the small debris, place it in containers, and to clear the invasive and unwanted vegetation.

Volunteers need to dress with long pants, sturdy boots (no tennis shoes) and bring gloves and any heavy duty pruning shears.  Also bring plenty of water, snacks, and a camp chair to sit in at lunch

 

Lunch will be provided. For questions, please contact Lisa Troglio at 314-607-2267 or Alderman Steve Myers at 314-974-7446. 

Ken Kurtz



Celebrating International Women's Day the Round Spring Way
Saturday, Mar 10 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Fingers crossed that ole' Man Winter will keep away and we'll be able to enjoy a great weekend celebrating us during this women's ONLY event as we celebrate International Women's Day by doing trail construction out of Current River State Park.  It will be two days of construction, fellowship, fun and food! In the past moms and daughters have attended as well as sisters and bff's.  It's a full moon weekend as well so we'll have awesome stars above.

It's your day and Kathie will be heading up an all-women's construction event.  We will be basing out of Current River State Park. If you haven't stayed at CRSP before you are in for a treat!  Plans are to continue construction of the Round Spring section of the Ozark Trail located in the Ozark National Scenic Waterways at Round Spring. 

We will be staying at Current River State Park for this event so we'll have somewhere to warm up if the weather is cold. Camping will be available Friday and Saturday night at the park. Please note on your sign-up if you want to sleep indoors (beds are first come, first served). You will need to bring your own bedding.  There will be showers available. Bring your own towel and soap.

Dinner on Saturday will be provided but feel free to bring a dish/dessert to share if you want. You'll need to provide you own breakfast and lunch on Saturday (lunch will be on the trail).  Sunday morning breakfast will be communal affair.

Let's shake off those winter blues by enjoying the trail. Hope to see you there!

Directions: The park is 27 miles south of Salem, MO on Hwy 19 and 15.5 miles north of Eminence, MO. Follow the gravel road to the lower lake near the Current River.

Kathie Brennan



MEGA Prep/Round Spring Build
Saturday, Mar 17 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Let's gather to prep for our first Spring MEGA of the season!  We will be based out of Round Spring campground for the weekend.  Camping is available as well as trailer camping with electicity.  Work will include prepping the woods for the MEGA to be held the next weekend.  If we get done early we'll work on moving forward with some construction.  More information will be provided closer to the event.  Questions?  Contact the event coordinator.

April Scott



Round 1 of a MEGA Good Time!
Saturday, Mar 24 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

MEGA - You know how it goes and it will be awesome!  We'll be camping at the Round Spring facility with campsites for tents and trailers.  JOin us as we also celebrate the work that our visiting NCCC crew has accomplished the past 6 weeks with the trail.  More information will be provided closer to the event but be sure to register early and get yoour friends and family to come along as well.  As always we'll have lunch on the trail, awesome dinner with the always fun raffle and music around a roaring campfire. 

April Scott



Wappapello Bound for Maintenance
Saturday, Mar 31 2018 - 8:30am
Maintenance

Join us as we head down to the Wappapello section of the OT.  We'll be doing some sawing, lopping, brushing and signing over several miles of this section.  Volunteers will cover sections of trail from a couple to serveral miles.  Car pooling will be involved as well.  More information will be provided closer to the event. 

Jeffery Goetter



Whooping it Up in Winona Spring time!
Saturday, Apr 07 2018 - 8:30am
Maintenance

Time to head out on some of the most amazing sections of the OT.  By this time of year, the wild flowers should be popping as well as the spring trees.  This is many OTA volunteers's favorite maintenance outing as we will be based out of the USFS Winona facility.  There will be beds available first come in both houses as well as camping in the yard.  More information will be posted closer to the event.  Don't miss it!!!

Kathie Brennan



MEGA Prep 2 and other stuff for 2 days!
Saturday, Apr 14 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Time again to head to the forest to prep for our second Spring MEGA to be held the follwoing weekend.  We will be based out of Round Spring again with camping for tents, hammocks and trailer sites are also available.  Same as before, we'll head to the woods to prep for the event and also put some tools to use as well.  This will be a 2 day event so let us know if you're game for one or both days.  More information will be posted closer to the event. 

Kathie Brennan



Second Chance Spring MEGA
Saturday, Apr 21 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Round Two of our Spring trail constuction MEGA events!  If you missed the first one or you needed another awesome day in the woods with an army of OTA volunteers, then sign up today!  We'll be based out of the ONSR Round Spring facility with tent camping, places to hang a hammock or bring along your camping trailer as sites will be available.  Same as before as the OTA provides you a lunch on the trail, then when we're done at the end of the day, you'll have dinner waiting on you as well as an awesome raffle topped off with a roaoring bonfire and music under a star filled sky!  Make plans now to join us for an amazing time doing what we love....building trail.

 

April Scott



Maintenance Somewhere out There!
Saturday, Apr 28 2018 - 8:30am
Maintenance

Round and round we go, where we'll do maintenance we'll decide closer to the event date basaed on trip reports and sawyer report.  THis is a great way to stretch out those legs by getting to do maintenance on sections of the OT.  Work will include sawing, lopping, brushing,, leaf blowing and signage.  Watch for more details closer to the event. 

Kathie Brennan



2018 OT Challenge Hike
Saturday, May 05 2018 - 8:00am
Fund Raiser

Please email otchallengehike@ozarktrail.com if you are interested in joining us in 2018!

Sign up here to receive more information and registration form for the second annual fund raiser hike to benefit the Ozark Trail Association. Must be 18 or older to participate in this event. This will be a major fund raiser with a fund raising goal for each participant. There will be no "entry fee". This event will be a one day hike of significant distance on the OT to challenge good hikers. This event will be based out of the Bass' River Resort.  The hike will be on the Courtois Section of the OT.  This event is for OTA members and others who have a desire to help raise funds to support the Ozark Trail Association. There will be camping and food included. Sign up today if interested in learning more as details are developed and receiving the registration form.  

Steve Liescheidt



Celebrating Mother's Day early on the OT
Saturday, May 12 2018 - 8:30am
Maintenance

Join Kathie as we celebrate all mothers!  We'll head out to a section of the OT and do maintenance consisting of sawing, lopping, leaf blowing, brushing and signage.  Where we go will depend on the trip reports and sawyer reports.  We will be camping somewhere as well with a dinner provided Saturday night after our day of work on the OT.  Watch for more details closer to the event.

Kathie Brennan



May We Build some trail? 2 day event
Saturday, May 19 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

May's a great month to be out in the woods with spring wildflowers and trees leafing out.  We're heading out to the forest to get more trail built.  More information concerning camping/lodging will be posted closer to the event.  Make it out for a beautiful May day!

Kathie Brennan



Memorial Day 3 day Build
Saturday, May 26 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Spend one or three days building new trail on the Current RIver spur trail.  Details concerning camping/lodging and meals will be provided closer to the event.  We might even take to the river some of the time we are together!

 

Kathie Brennan



National Trails Day at Current River State Park
Saturday, Jun 02 2018 - 8:30am
Celebration

Join us down at Current River State Park as we continue to build new trail. We'll do some work and then celebrate National Trails Day with a root-tooting BBQ ansd a awesome campfire near the Current River to finish the day. 

The OTA will provide all the needed tools and will have trained Crew Leaders to help you have a safe and fun experience. It will be warm in June so be sure to have plenty of fluids and dress in comfortable clothes, but wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring some work gloves to save you from blisters. Plan to pack a lunch for the trail. Please bring sunscreen and bug repellent!!

Camping will be available Friday and Saturday night. There will also be limited accommodations inside the dorms. We will assign these based on who asks first!

Ken Kurtz



Prep for Taum-a-Hawk Hiking race at Johnson Shut Ins SP
Thursday, Jun 07 2018 - 8:30am
Maintenance

Join other OTA volunteers for the two days prior to the raace as we prep the OT from Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri, to Hwy N trailhead just NE of Johnson Shut Ins SP.  We will be camping at JSI so be sure to include in yoru comments if you will be camping.  Volunteers will do out and back hiking of the trail to be sure that it is shape for the race to be held on Saturday, June 9th.  June can be hot so be prepared with plenty of water and snacks.  We will be lopping, leaf blowing, sawing and signing the trail.  NOTE:  The trail can be very rocky in places and is considered one of the hardest sections of the OT to hike.  Be prepared.  More camping information will be posted closer to the event.

Kathie Brennan



2nd Annual Taum-a-Hawk Hiking Race
Saturday, Jun 09 2018 - 7:00am
Fund Raiser

Ozark Trail Association Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race 2018

A one-day, 13 mile event from Taum Sauk Mountain to Johnson's Shut-ins

The Ozark Trail Association is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race, a one-day event open to the public, to take place on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 along thirteen miles of the Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Section from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park located in Iron County, Missouri.

Traversing through the most scenic and rugged areas of the entire state, mixed-gender teams of two, up to fifty teams in total, will hike a time-trial formatted race beginning in the morning at the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri, then heading down, alongside Mina Sauk Falls and west into the Taum Sauk Creek Valley, past the Devil's Tollgate rock formation, and then back up across Proffit and Wildcat Mountains before finishing at beautiful Johnson's Shut-ins State Park.

The Ozark Trail Association Taum-A-Hawk 2018 is a one-day hiking race open to the public, not a trail running race. Participants must be over the age of sixteen in co-ed teams consisting of two people where classic hiking items will be required of each participant like a back pack, trail map, appropriate footwear, a minimum amount of carried water (1L), and other safety items like battery-powered flashlight/headlamp.

The entrance fee for each team is $75; all race participants receive a one-year membership to the Ozark Trail Association, a race day t-shirt with special logo, and complementary food and beverage provided at day's end. A trophy will be presented to the winning team with fastest time.

We wil announce registration soon!  

Ken Kurtz