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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
Options Description Leader(s)
  CANCELLED - Monthly Business Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, Dec 12 2017 - 7:00pm
Meeting

A meeting of the Volunteers who run the Ozark Trail Association gathers monthly to discuss progress made and to set out operational tasks and goals. These meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome! We always need new ideas so come visit and get involved!!

Location

Alpine Shop - Kirkwood 
440 N Kirkwood Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Jeffery Goetter



Be Blair Aware
Saturday, Dec 16 2017 - 8:00am
Maintenance

Come join us as we become Blair Aware and perform some maintenance on our beloved Blair Creek section. On this outing, we will be traveling the section between the Hwy P trailhead and the CR235 trailhead, a total of about 6 miles. Along the way we will leaf blow, weed whack, lop and move/cut any trees we can, making note of any treadwork or other related work for future events. Dress for the weather with layers and sturdy boots. Tools will be provided. Come join us for a wonderful hike.

 Where to meet:

8am December 16th at hwy P trailhead.
The trailhead is located at the intersection of Hwy P and Hwy 72.

 Map of trailhead:

https://goo.gl/maps/w6hDuPPy8972

 

Additional trailhead directions can be found on our website:

http://ozarktrail.com/karkaghne.php

 

Camping:

 For those interested in camping Friday or Saturday night, we will be camping at the Sutton Bluff backpacker site. The site is free. This is located right next to the Sutton Bluff main campground. As the main campground is closed for the season, there will be no water available, bring some extra for drinking and cooking. The toilets and showers will also be closed. However there is a vault toilet that remains open year round on the opposite side of the main campground. We can car pool to the trailhead in the morning if desired.

 

Map of backpacker site:
https://goo.gl/maps/yS3KfeXwgVy

 

Scott Hayden



Ring in the New Year at Round Spring
Saturday, Dec 30 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

Hear that?  That sound of metal tools on rock?  It’s a sweet way to ring in the New Year. And it is the sound of new trail being uncovered and history in the making as we return to the Round Spring section of the OT. We'll be based out of Current River State Park again and will be working all day Saturday and Sunday.  On New Year's Day, we will head over to Echo Bluff SP to participate in a joint "First Day Hike" as we celebrate the first day of what's going to be an AWESOME year for the Ozark Trail and the Ozark Trail Association. 

Plans are to meet at Carr’s on Saturday morning, just across from the trail north of the Current River bridge on Hwy 19 by 8:30am, do sign-ins, welcome everyone, grab tools and head up the trail to the worksite. 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. We'll have a campfire down by the Current river for those who want to bring in the New Year under the stars or volunteers can attend the 7 pm NPS “Floaters workshop” at Echo Bluff that evening. If you want to share in a pot-luck breakfast Monday, New Year’s 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!!  Coffee fixings will be provided.

The lodge at CRSP has beds available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights 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 responsible 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.

Happy New Year!!

Kathie Brennan



OTA Year End House Clean-Up 2 days
Saturday, Jan 06 2018 - 8:30am
Non-Trail Maintenance

It's time to clean off the dirt and grime from the equipment as well as to do some cleaning and tasks within the OTA house in Potosi.  This is a multi-day event that volunteers can come one or 2 days; Saturday and or Sunday.  Volunteers with knowledge of carpentry, electrical, painting, as well as small engine work are needed to help make sure we've got our equipment and the OTA house ready for the coming year. Inventory is needed to be done with our equipment within the trailers as well as the OTA house.  Most of all, many hands will make the work go faster and done quicker. Work will be inside the OTA house as well as outside involving the trailers, tools as well as some maintenance issues with the OTA house.

Volunteers can bunk in the OTA house, limited beds, as well as camping in the yard.  Some meals will be provided and that information will be sent out closer to the event. Let's begin the new year with everything nice and neat and ready for a very busy construction and maintenance year on the Ozark Trail. 

This is one event that if you haven't been able to make it out on the Ozark Trail, then take this opportunity to give back in a different way. 

NOTE:  When signing up please indicate what days you are working, needing a bed(1st come), and what skills you have so a list of the maintenance needs for the house can be assigned.  Also if you have any dietary needs. 

Kathie Brennan



Monthly Business Meeting - Alpine Shop, Kirkwood MO
Tuesday, Jan 09 2018 - 7:00pm
Meeting

A meeting of the Volunteers who run the Ozark Trail Association gathers monthly to discuss progress made and to set out operational tasks and goals. These meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome! We always need new ideas so come visit and get involved!!

Location

Alpine Shop - Kirkwood 
440 N Kirkwood Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Jeffery Goetter



Round Spring II - 2 Day Build 1/13-14/18
Saturday, Jan 13 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

Same as when we rang in the New Year. We'll be based out of Current River State Park again and will begin work on Saturday through Sunday weather permitting.  

Plans are to meet at the Round Spring Group Camping area just NORTH of the Current River bridge on Hwy 19 each day begining 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 builds. 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!! I'll have the coffee fixings. 

The lodge at CRSP has beds available Friday and Saturday nights 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



Round Spring III - 2 day build 1/20-21/18
Saturday, Jan 20 2018 - 8:30am
Construction

It's 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



OTA Board Meeting
Saturday, Jan 27 2018 - 10:00am
Meeting

The Board of the Ozark Trail Assoication will be holding their Q1 Board Meeting on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Potosi Office of the US Forest Service (right next door to the OTA Office).  It is time to elect new board members as well as officers for the coming year.  Volunteers are encouraged to attend as well as become more involved with the operations of the OTA.  For more information about opportunities, contact Ken Kurtz, nominations chairperson for more information. 

The meeting is open to anyone with interest about the OTA and the OT.

Jeffery Goetter



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



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