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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)

Freedom from the 3 F's..Food, Football & Family Maintenance Event
Sunday, Nov 26 2017 - 8:30am

Don't let the idea of spending TONS of time with family, eating TONS of food and watching TONS of football get you down as we look to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Volunteers will meet at the Russel Mountain Trailhead as we will split into two groups to do maintenance on the Taum Sauk section of the OT.  Starting at the TH, volunteers will leaf blow, lop and saw their way to the highest point in Missouri or to the Claybough trailhead down on Hwy 21.

Camping will be available at the Taum Sauk campground but there is no water.  Be prepared by bringing plenty.  Other equipment to be sure to have is a back pack to carry snacks and a lunch, gloves and be sure to wear sturdy trail runners due to type of work.  Dress in layers for the weather.  One of the best things about outings with the OTA is that you usually get a pretty decent meal at the end of the day.  Depending on final numbers will determine our dinner arrangements and if you have special dietary needs please be sure to note that in your sign up.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Kathie. 

Kathie Brennan
  Building with Americorps at Round Spring, Week #4 CANCELLED
Monday, Nov 27 2017 - 8:00am


The Americorps crew has been re-assigned to support hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico.  Please check back frequently for potential upcoming Americorps work weeks. 

We have an Americorps Crew at work Monday-Friday morning during the week of Nov. 27 working on the trail at Round Spring.  Volunteer and Board Member Katie Rhode is guiding them, and welcomes you to come join in the fun.  They are staying at the Current River State Park Lodge, and there are extra tools available for volunteers.  You can stay at the lodge with them, camp there, or come for a day. 

As usual, prepare for the weather and bring rain gear.  Wear long pants, sturdy shoes/boots, and gloves.  Meals are ON YOUR OWN, but the lodge has a functional kitchen and refrigeration, so meal storage and prep is not an issue. 

If you are intersted, please sign up, indicate dates when you would like to work, and I will get in contact with Katie, so she knows when to expect you. 

Meet Katie and the Americorps crew at the Current River SP Lodge at 8 a.m.

 Week #4 work site is approx. 45 mintues from CRSP, off of CR250c.

April Scott

15th Anniversary Celebration Lodging
Friday, Dec 01 2017 - 5:00pm

The YMCA Trout Lodge is available with hotel style rooms that includes 2 queen size beds and a roll away.  Cost of each guest is $80 a night - Friday and/or Saturday. That will also include breakfast and lunch for each day you stay.  You will need to contact the YMCA Trout Lodge at 888-386-9622 to make your reservation. Please reference group code 4208 to let them know that you are with the OTA.

Kathie Brennan

15th Anniversary Celebration Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Dec 02 2017 - 8:30am

There will be an opportunity at the OTA 15th Anniversary Celebration to support Trout Lodge by performing some trail maintenance on a piece of their trail that is in need of serious care.  More information will follow.

Kathie Brennan
  15th Anniversary Celebration Recreation
Saturday, Dec 02 2017 - 1:00pm

Join us at the OTA 15th Anniversary celebration for an afternoon of recreation and team building. Activities will take place at YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi MO. No registration needed - just show up at 1pm!

If you arrive late, you're still welcome to join in, but will have to endure the taunts of your fellow participants!

Ken Kurtz

15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Saturday, Dec 02 2017 - 5:00pm
5:00 pm
Social Hour
After a full day of fun, please join us for a social and networking hour before dinner.
6:00 pm
Relax and enjoy a business casual dinner catered by the Trout Lodge.
Cost is $20/person - please pay the YMCA upon arrival.
7:00 pm
Presentation, Recognitions,
Pledge Drive & Entertainment
We are looking forward to reminiscing about the Ozark Trail and recognizing some of our outstanding volunteers. A pledge drive will
take place to help raise funds to develop, maintain, preserve, promote and protect the Ozark Trail followed by live music by Rosewood!
Ken Kurtz

Monthly Meeting - Alpine Shop - Kirkwood
Tuesday, Dec 12 2017 - 7:00pm

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!!


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

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

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:


Additional trailhead directions can be found on our website:



 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:


Scott Hayden

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

Please email 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