UPDATE: Sign ups are now closed.

The LA Trail Hikers, Hike Leads and a limited number of members, have been invited this Veteran’s Day weekend (Friday, November 8 thru Sunday November 10) to help NatureBridge, a non-profit organization, connect young people from under served communities to the wonder and science of nature by volunteering time at Yosemite National Park entrances.

To keep the volume of volunteers to a manageable number, invites had been limited to the LATH Hike Leads. However, some leads will not be attending, so we’re opening opening those spots to the general group at a first-come, first-served basis. We do not want to over go our number of invites so the attending group is adequately accounted for. Oh and, no pets allowed.

– You will need to be available on Friday, November 8 (meaning having the day off) and Saturday, November 9. You’ll need to have travel arrangements to get to Yosemite National Park to partake in the Training Session inside the park on Friday at 4:30pm. (Specific details for meeting points will be provided to those selected.)

You will be walking, collecting donations from park visitors (while they are in their cars) prior to entering the park on behalf of the non-profit group for about 6-8 hours starting at about 9am on Saturday. Expect to be on your feet most of the time, with breaks, of course. The training will be quite insightful and will go into details about what to expect. It’s quite fun though.

Our team will be fully hosted from Friday afternoon through Sunday Morning. Here is the intended schedule for the Volunteering Shift:
– Friday afternoon training, dinner, and accommodations.
– Saturday shift; celebratory dinner. If you find that this is the end of your time, you can head home after the volunteering is done.
– Sunday breakfast Sunday morning. End of accommodations. Enjoy the park the rest of the day or simply drive home.
Accommodations are rustic. Dormitories are divided to help separate groups by gender. The layout does not provide separate dorms, bunk beds. We’ll be staying where the students usually stay while attending while part of the program. Facilities will be shared.

Those hikers which get a spot should note the you will be able to invite 1 guest to join you. If you have no intentions of bringing a guest, we’ll simply use that position and bring in another hiker who will also be on their own, but will be volunteering.

On Sunday, after breakfast, you’ll be able to enjoy time at the park. Majority of the group will be taking a group to do some hiking starting in the Valley area. You can be part of this or simply start the drive home.

If selected, we will be contacting via email/phone to make sure you get the next set of information and forms you’ll need to attend. Time to sign up starts now and ends Fri Oct 25 or when all available spots are full. Then we’ll take down this form.

UPDATE: Sign ups are now closed.