Yesterday was National Trails Day, something AK Fam feels quite strongly about since much of our own adventures take place in, on, or around a trail or trail system. I myself spent quite a few years in my 20’s working with the US Forest Service and Washington Trails Association to maintain and/or build miles and miles of trail.
So it was an easy decision to gear up on a sunny Saturday morning and head to our fav trail system at Campbell Creek Science Center. The Center, run by Bureau of Land Management staff, was hosting a number of projects ranging from gravel spreading to weed pulling to branch brushing. 60+ people of all ages and stages came out, and we had a great time.
I also spent time with a new Trailhead Naturalist, hired for the summer by BLM to provide a human face to the trail systems and help users understand the reasoning behind some of the rules, like leashing up dogs, ahem, our own personal pet peeve. Ha. This young man, a grad student at APU, will be at the Campbell Airstrip Trailhead on many a day to reward positive behavior, like leashing up doggies, with all sorts of goodies ranging from dog cookies to Kaladi Coffee gift cards. Uh huh, that’s right, do the right thing and get a prize. Simple, huh?
Anyhow, back to the volunteering part. Yes, AK Kid went, too, along with a bunch of other kids. They helped a lot, actually, and saw firsthand the benefit of giving a little time for a big difference. Don’t discount kids when it comes to volunteering. They can and often do. REI deserves kudos for providing our little men and women with cool shirts; thanks Mike Morgensen, Outreach Coordinator! You really made their day.