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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 VII - 2 day build - 2/25-26
Saturday, Feb 25 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

It's round seven! Plans are to meet at the Round Spring Group Camping area just North 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. Sunday we will meet at 9 am at Carrs for instructions and head up the trail working till at least 2 pm.  Being February, 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



Alpine Shop Outdoor Expo Kirkwood Store
Saturday, Mar 04 2017 - 10:00am
Non-Trail Maintenance

More details to come! 

Ken Kurtz



Celebrating International Women's Day the Round Spring Way
Saturday, Mar 11 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

NOTE:  We are out of rooms and camping only is available for this weekend. We might be able to utilize floor space if needed.  Contact Kathie with any questions.  k

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



Round Spring VIII - MEGA Prep
Saturday, Mar 18 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

Time to prep the Round Spring section of the OT for our first of TWO Spring MEGAs to be held this spring. Calling out for volunteers to help prep for the first of the 4 OTA MEGs this year to be held out of ROund Spring Group camping area located in the Ozark National Scenic Watereays on the Current River.  This will be a weekend to make preparations for the 36th OTA MEGA that will consist of constructing the new Round Spring section of the Ozark Trail.

Where we are staying will be detmined by the weather. I will provide camping information as soon as we know. Spring weather can range from pretty chilly to very warm so be sure to be prepared by dressing in layers as well as having rain gear just in case. You will need to wear sturdy boot, no tennis shoes please for safety reasons, heavy gloves and a back pack to carry your lunch, water and any other items you might need. 

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 am on Saturday morning at the group camping area just north of the Hwy 19 bridge so watch for an OTA sign and from there we will proced to the trail just under the bridge. Once we arrive at the work site, you will be carrying tools so it is essential to have a back pack.  A hard hat will be provided as well per our safety regulations. 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.  

You have the option of free camping at the group campground on Friday and Saturday or you can upgrade to the regulare campground for a fee.  At the end of the day, veteran volunteers always look forward to a great time together sharing a meal as well as relaxing after a great day of trail building.  We always plan to accommodate anyone with special diet needs so be sure to make note of that in your sign up. 

Please remember to also bring a completed OTA waiver if you have not provided one before at other OTA events.  It is found on the sign up page.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the event leader.  See you soon!

Kathie Brennan



Round 1 of a MEGA Good Time!
Saturday, Mar 25 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

Join us for the first of 4 MEGA Trail building events to be held down at Round Spring Group Camping Area just across from where the new Round Spring section of the Ozark Trail is being built.  We'll have the usual great times of comradary on a trail crew, learning the ropes if you are a first timer to building trail as well as learning some new skills for our veteran builders with some possible rock work.  If it's your first or a dozen under your boots, these MEGA builds are going to be EPIC!

OTA Volunteers will be furnished tools for the build and you will be responsible for having sturdy boots, a backpack to carry water snacks, and your lunch.  Dress for the weather is necessary as the weather can be different as the day goes on.  Lunch will be furnished as well as a BBQ at the end of the day along with a kicking fun raffle, bonfire and music to lul you to your sleeping bags at the end of an awesome day of making history on the OT.

We will be based out of the Round Spring Group Camping area on Hwy 19.  Signs will be out to show the area for camping.  There is "gamping" at the regular campgound for a fee or you can go big time and stay at Echo Bluff SP just a mile or so up the road.  Make plans to join us for a great time on the trail. 

When you sign up please be sure to include all member's names within your party, also any diet concerns.  An informational email will be sent out in advance of the event with more information as well as directions to the camping area.

Kathie Brennan



Al-Pint Night at the Alpine Shop Kirkwood MO
Tuesday, Apr 04 2017 - 6:00pm
Fund Raiser

WHOOOHOOOO!!!! Join us as we celebrate our successes this year at the OTA Alpine Pint Night to be held at the Kirkwood store. We'll be gathering Tuesday, April 4th from 6-9 pm at the Kirkwood MO location. It will be an evening of food, fun and fellowship as we toast to the success and continuation of the OTA and the Ozark Trail. We'll also be sharing information about upcoming trail contruction and maintenance events.

Ken Kurtz



Whooping it Up in Winona
Saturday, Apr 08 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

Spring is just around the corner and we are heading back down to the southern sections to do some TLC on the OT.  Plans are to work a full day Saturday and a half to full day on Sunday.  Volunteers can sign up for a day or more and please indicate this in your sign in.  This time we will be based out of the USFS houses in Winona and will have a kitchen and bathroom facilities.  Beds are available and are first come as well as camping in the yard.  This event is a great way to see some of the more remote sections of the OT and you won't be disapointed.  Dinner will be furnished on Saturday night and volunteers will need to bring your own lunches for the day.  When signing up please indicate any dietary needs.

This event began 13 years ago when OTA volunteers gathered at the Winona Forest Service bunkhouse and began a long standing tradition of taking care of these awesome sections of the OT.  We've had our OTA volunteers come from as far away as Kansas and the 4 corners of MO.  You’ll visit places you wouldn't see on a construction outing.  And if you don't get enough fun in on Saturday, you can also do a half day of trail maintenance on Sunday!!!  Work will include tread repair, signage, lopping, leaf blowing, sawing and sawmping.  

More information and directions will be sent out before the event.  If you have any questions, be sure to contact the event leader.  See you there!

 

Kathie Brennan



Powder Mill Maintenance Multi-day
Friday, Apr 14 2017 - 8:30am
Maintenance

Plan to spend time on the OT as we gather at Powder Mill for 3-4 days of work from Friday, 4/14 to Monday, 4/17. (NOTE:  If the weather conditions are bad as well as road conditions the event will be cancelled.)  The Blair Creek and Current River sections will be the targets as well as any other sections we can hit.  We will also do some "Lop and Hike" maintenance.

Join Kathie at Powder Mill as we do maintenance consisting of sawing, signing, lopping and tread repair on the Blair Creek and Current River sections of the OT.  We will be using the Powder Mill research facilities as a base which has 2 "bunk" rooms and living area with camping available on the grounds.  Be sure to sign-up ASAP so that plans can be made accordingly.

Accommodations:  Most everyone camps out one way or another.  Since we are utilizing the research center which is like a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and large living room. Sleeping space is first come for the 2 bunk rooms which have 2 bunk beds and will be designated one for the guys and one for gals. The yard is available for tent camping and there is a large parking lot that you can park a camping trailer or do car camping.  There is a kitchen if you want to cook anytime a meal is not provided.

What is provided?  Since this is a multiple day event, please comment for what days you will be attending so I can plan for meals.  You will receive information concerning the meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will be on your own for Friday evening. But if you are coming down early, we will carpool into town for dinner.  We will not leave the facility until 6:00 p.m.  Let me know if you are arriving on Friday so we can plan.

What to bring?  Dress for the weather including rain gear and layering clothing. Bring snacks and your lunch for Saturday, water bottle, work gloves, sturdy boots (please no tennis shoes), and whatever else you need.  We will be going out on different sections (you will know assignments Saturday morning); hiking various sections and some of you will need to drive to the work sites (driving time maybe up to 45-60 minutes). Each of us will probably be carrying various hand tools as we hike, and that means you will probably want to carry your lunch, water, etc. in a day pack.  Bring your camping gear and a lawn chair for sitting around the campfire.

Where will we be working?  I am still working on the logistics of where we will be on the section but you are going to be on some of the most awesome section of the OT.  I have also planned to work on Monday for a half day, just let me know so I can plan accordingly.

Weather:   Hopefully the weather will cooperate before our weekend rolls around and we have great trail weather.  If it decides to go south, I will contact you in time to cancel if that’s the case.

Other information:  If you have additional questions, email me or call (573) 382-8270(leave a message.) I’ll be sending out a final reminder the Tuesday or Wednesday before. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.   

Kathie Brennan



Round 2 of a MEGA Good Time and Earth Day on the OT
Saturday, Apr 22 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

What a great opportunity to come together as we celebrate Earth Day as well as come together for the 2nd of our spring OTA MEGA Trail building event to be held down at Round Spring Group Camping Area just across from where the new Round Spring section of the Ozark Trail is being built.  We'll have the usual great times of comradary on a trail crew, learning the ropes if you are a first timer to building trail as well as learning some new skills for our veteran builders with some possible rock work.  If it's your first or a dozen under your boots, these MEGA builds are going to be EPIC!

OTA Volunteers will be furnished tools for the build and you will be responsible for having sturdy boots, a backpack to carry water snacks, and your lunch.  Dress for the weather is necessary as the weather can be different as the day goes on.  Lunch will be furnished as well as a BBQ at the end of the day along with a kicking fun raffle, bonfire and music to lul you to your sleeping bags at the end of an awesome day of making history on the OT.

We will be based out of the Round Spring Group Camping area on Hwy 19.  Signs will be out to show the area for camping.  There is camping for a fee at the campground or you can go big time and stay at Echo Bluff SP just a mile or so up the road.  Make plans to join us for a great time on the trail. 

When you sign up please be sure to include all member's names within your party, also any diet concerns.  An informational email will be sent out in advance of the event with more information as well as directions to the camping area. 

Kathie Brennan



OTA Board Meeting
Saturday, Apr 29 2017 - 10:00am
Meeting

Quarterly meeting of the OTA Board meeting.  Members and volunteers are welcome to attend.

* Crew Leader TBD



OT Challenge Hike
Saturday, May 06 2017 - 8:00am
Fund Raiser

Sign up here to receive more information and registration form for the first 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



American Trails International Trails Symposium - Dayton,American Trails hos Ohio
Saturday, May 06 2017 - 8:00am
Seminar

American Trails hosts the 23rd International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10, 2017. There will also be a Professional TrailBuilders Association’s (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Workshop Series, Legacy Trail, Technical Track, and Outdoor Trade Show. This will be an inspiring and educational conference as trail users come together as a trails community. Email symposium@americantrails.org for any Symposium-related questions.

Kathie Brennan