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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)





Hike race preparation and sawyer
Tuesday, May 30 2017 - 8:00am
Maintenance

Help assure trail is prepared for 06/10/2017.  Saw, swamp, set signs. Meet 8am Ota house

Mark Goforth



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 Taum Sauk Mountain to Johnson's Shut-ins

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 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 2017 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.

Please sign up below then visit HERE to register your team!

Kathie Brennan
  CANCELLED - Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 - 7:30pm
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



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
  CANCELLED - Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Thursday, Jul 13 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





Trail Adventure Workshop - Blue Springs, MO
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 - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, Aug 08 2017 - 7:00pm
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

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



Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Saturday, Sep 09 2017 - 7:00pm
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

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



Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, Oct 10 2017 - 7:00pm
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

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



Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, Nov 14 2017 - 7:00pm
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

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



Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Thursday, Dec 14 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



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