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

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

 

LOCATION

US Forest Service Confernece Room

406 W. High St
Potosi MO 63664
Jeffery Goetter





Assurance Markers
Sunday, Apr 30 2017 - 8:00am
Training

Recent documentation provided by the forest service gives specific direction on nails and nailing. This is a good time to review Assurance Marker process. 

Mark Goforth





Jr Ranger Day
Friday, May 05 2017 - 9:00pm
Seminar

Outdoor Education School Trip to Alley Spring with multiple nature topics for kids hosted by National Park Service.  The OTA will be conducting trail sessions and we need people to lead short hikes.

Dave Tobey



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

THIS EVENT IS FULL! 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 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



Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, May 16 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!!

 

 

Jeffery Goetter



3rd Times a Charm MEGA at Round Spring
Saturday, May 20 2017 - 8:30am
Construction

We've all heard that "Third time is a charm" and we are all hoping it is for our volunteers as we try again to gather at the Ozark National Scenic RIverways Round Spring Facility for a MEGA fun time of trail building along with fun, food and fellowship!  Same as before, so sign up today! We'll make it worth your while....

The event will 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 maybe some 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 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



National Trails Day at Current RIver State Park
Saturday, Jun 03 2017 - 8:30am
Trail Day

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!

Kathie Brennan





Taum-a-Hawk Hiking Race
Saturday, Jun 10 2017 - 7:00am
Recreation

Ozark Trail Association Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race 2017

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

The Ozark Trail Association is proud to announce the innaugural Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race, a one-day event open to the public, to take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 along thirteen miles of the Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Mountain Section from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park to Taum Sauk Mountain 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.

* Crew Leader TBD



Ozark Trail Association Booth at STL Pridefest
Saturday, Jun 24 2017 - 8:00am
Fund Raiser

OTA will be hosting an information booth at St. Louis Pridefest June 23rd through June 25th at Soldiers Memorial.  We will need several volunteers to staff the booth throughout the weekend.  More details will follow.  

April Scott





Trail Adventure Workshop
Saturday, Jul 22 2017 - 10:00am
Seminar

This is a free workshop presented by the Ozark Trail Association and hosted by the Missouri Dept of Conservation at their Burr Oak Woods Nature Center  1401 NW Park Rd Blue Springs, MO 64015 for anyone interested in learning about the Ozark Trail and what to do on it.  If you like to hike, bike, horseride, backpack, or would like to get started doing any of them I think we can help you get started and know what to expect.

We will start at 10:00AM and end at 4:00PM.  Lunch period will be short so bring your own.  The program will include a general topic on the Ozark Trail and Ozark Trail Association followed by break out sessions on additional topics.

Feel free to send any questions to ken.kurtz@ozarktrail.com directly or via this sign up.

This is a seminar type event and will have no outdoor acitivities.  Please ignore any conflicting comments in the acknowledgement message you will receive after signing up.

 
The agenda is still being developed as we confirm speakers for various subjects.  It will be updated shortly.
Ken Kurtz



Monthly Meeting - Powder Valley CA
Tuesday, Aug 08 2017 - 6:00pm
Meeting

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

Powder Valley Conservation Area
11715 Cragwold Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Jeffery Goetter



Monthly Meeting - Powder Valley CA
Saturday, Sep 09 2017 - 6:00pm
Meeting

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

Powder Valley Conservation Area
11715 Cragwold Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Jeffery Goetter



Monthly Meeting - Powder Valley CA
Tuesday, Oct 10 2017 - 6:00pm
Meeting

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

Powder Valley Conservation Area
11715 Cragwold Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Jeffery Goetter



Monthly Meeting - Powder Valley CA
Tuesday, Nov 14 2017 - 6:00pm
Meeting

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

Powder Valley Conservation Area
11715 Cragwold Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Jeffery Goetter