Ways to Get Involved

Volunteer With Us

A community of volunteers have been the driving force behind the Bruce Trail for over 60 years. Today, more than 1,500 volunteers donate their time and talents to the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Without this remarkable year-round support, the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Bruce Trail would not be what it is today. They strive to keep it going today, and they’re looking for you to join them as the next generation of volunteers. 

Why Become a Volunteer with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its Bruce Trail Clubs?

Volunteering with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its Bruce Trail Clubs is a way to get involved with and give back to the community helping to conserve and care for the Niagara Escarpment – home of the Bruce Trail. You’ll help secure the Bruce Trail, share and learn skills, be a part of a team, and develop lasting friendships.

There are roles for people outdoors and inside, for people who love manual labor and those who are excellent organizers. Whether you’ve had years of experience or you’re brand new to volunteering, we look forward to helping you have the experience of a lifetime on the Trail of a lifetime. 

Volunteer Spotlight

Bruce Trail Clubs

The Bruce Trail Conservancy has nine Bruce Trail Clubs, each corresponding to a section of the Bruce Trail. Each Club is entirely volunteer run. Volunteers are responsible for most of the day-to-day work keeping the Bruce Trail open. In addition to trail maintenance, club volunteers build and repair boardwalks and other structures, steward Bruce Trail Conservancy protected natural areas, monitor and manage rare plants and invasive species, develop management plans for their sections, and much, much more. 

Volunteer Roles and Descriptions

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is governed by a board of directors and supported by strategic and operational committees.
Learn more about our board of directors 

The Bruce Trail Conservancy relies on its dedicated office volunteers and our archivist. Both roles spend regular time in the office helping with many different tasks, including: 

  • BTC Office Volunteer

Help out in the office in a variety of capacities, stuffing envelopes, data entry, answering phones and serving customers in the store. 

  • BTC Archivist 

Maintain BTC items of historic importance.

  • BTC Outreach Event Volunteer

Promote the Bruce Trail Conservancy, encourage supporters, and sell memberships and merchandise, by staffing an information booth at a community event, trade show (like the Outdoor Adventure Show), or BTC-hosted event.

  • Bruce Trail Day Volunteer

Support the biggest outreach event of the year. Help with planning, or promotion, or day-of-event support (like set up, tear down, hike or activity leading, parking assistance, etc.) Bruce Trail Day is held on the first Sunday in October. Planning starts early in the year.

Volunteers maintain the Bruce Trail and its side trails keeping the footpath safe, navigable, and enjoyable. From painting blazes, to building structures, to monitoring trail conditions, volunteers are needed every step of the way. Volunteer positions include: 

  • Trail director: Responsible for the planning, maintenance and overall quality of the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Trail Club’s section, and for the overall organization and operation of the Club’s trail work.
  • Trail captain: Maintains the Bruce Trail and side trails in a designated section of the Bruce Trail.
  • Trail maintenance volunteer: Helps with construction and repairs on the Bruce Trail.

Collect important biodiversity data as you hike! Our citizen scientists are helping to develop a map of flora and fauna along the Bruce Trail. Whether you are a trained botanist, mycologist or ornithologist, or just interested in learning more about the different species calling the Bruce Trail home, the Bruce Trail Conservancy can use your help. Using the free powerful online tool iNaturalist, you can collect much needed data while you are out hiking the Bruce Trail. Learn more about our iNaturalist Bruce Trail Conservancy Project

Each of our nine Bruce Trail Clubs offer an extensive program of organized hikes, throughout the year, for members and non-members. Trained volunteers are responsible for leading and organizing these hikes – sharing with others the wonders of the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment.

Volunteers are a vital component of our land stewardship program. Volunteer land stewards actively care for each of the properties that are owned or managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. As the Bruce Trail Conservancy acquires more land in our efforts to establish a conservation corridor containing the Bruce Trail, our land stewardship needs grow. Learn more about our land stewardship program. Land stewardship positions include:

  • Land steward director: Each Bruce Trail Club has one land steward director to coordinate the work of the land stewards in that Club.
  • Land steward: Land stewards are the caretakers of each Bruce Trail Conservancy protected natural area. They visit their assigned property at least twice a year, complete annual reports on the conditions of the property, provide input into the stewardship plans, and help to organize and carry out stewardship activities such as tree planting, garbage removal, and installing signs and fences.

Landowner relations volunteers help the Bruce Trail Conservancy maintain healthy working relationships with landowners, both public and private, whose land the Bruce Trail crosses, and resolves concerns as they may arise.

Each Bruce Trail Club has their own board which oversees the activities of the Club. There are many possible volunteer roles on the Bruce Trail Club Boards, including:

  • Bruce Trail Club President 
    Responsible for the general overseeing of Bruce Trail Club operations, and for the direction, development and promotion of the overall objectives and goals of the Club
  • Bruce Trail Club Vice President
    Act in place of the club president when the president is unavailable and to be the president elect
  • Bruce Trail Club Secretary
    Record proceedings of all Bruce Trail Club board and club executive meetings
  • Bruce Trail Club Treasurer
    Responsible for the custody of the funds of the Bruce Trail Club and all financial matters affecting the Club
  • Bruce Trail Club Director – Member at Large
    Participate in the Bruce Trail Club board’s deliberations and decisions in matters of club policies, programs and finances
  • Bruce Trail Club Archivist
    Keep safe all of the important records of the Bruce Trail Club
  • Bruce Trail Club Fundraising Director
    Help to promote and collect funds through events or other initiatives to support the Bruce Trail Conservancy at the club level
  • Bruce Trail Club Hike Director
    Provide direction to all Bruce Trail Club hike leaders and compile a list of all upcoming hikes for the Bruce Trail Club newsletter
  • Bruce Trail Club Land Steward Director 
    Implement and promote the land stewardship program at the Bruce Trail Club level
  • Bruce Trail Club Landowner Relations Director 
    Maintain a healthy working relationship with landowners and resolve issues as they arise
  • Bruce Trail Club Membership Director
    Retain and increase the Bruce Trail Conservancy membership at the Bruce Trail Club level
  • Bruce Trail Club Newsletter Editor
    The main administrative contact in producing the Bruce Trail Club newsletter
  • Bruce Trail Club Public Relations & Publicity Director 
    Publicize Bruce Trail Club’s activities, aims and objectives
  • Bruce Trail Club Trail Director
    Responsible for the planning, maintenance and overall quality of the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Trail Club’s section, and for the overall organization and operation of Trail work
  • Bruce Trail Club Volunteer Coordinator
    Coordinate volunteers throughout the Bruce Trail Club, and to facilitate the recruiting, training and recognition of all volunteers in the Club

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Bruce Trail, and there are many opportunities to get involved.
Thank you for your interest in giving back to the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Bruce Trail through volunteering.

  • Head Office Volunteers: Support the BTC Front Desk team in customer service calls, store and ecommerce operations, or the Fund Development team in its efforts including: making donor thank-you calls, assisting with seasonal mailings, and researching grant opportunities.
  • Bruce Trail Day Volunteers: Support the biggest outreach event of the year. Help with planning, or promotion, or day-of-event support (like set up, tear down, hike or activity leading, parking assistance, etc.) Bruce Trail Day is held on the first Sunday in October. Planning starts early in the year.
  • BTC Outreach Event Volunteer: Promote the Bruce Trail Conservancy, encourage supporters, and sell memberships and merchandise, by staffing an information booth at a community event, trade show (like the Outdoor Adventure Show), or BTC-hosted event.

The Toronto Bruce Trail Club is currently recruiting for a number of positions within the club. To express interest or for more information please contact Karen at tbtc.volunteers@gmail.com. Please note your preferred role in the Subject line.

Communications Coordinator: Help contribute to elevate our Communications / PR program with the Toronto Club Bruce Trail Club. We welcome a volunteer that can contribute ideas to the group, complemented by a willingness to be involved in weekly activities supporting our events and publicity programs. Find more information here.

Trail Angel Coordinator: The Toronto Bruce Trail Club is excited to bring the “Trail Angel” program to our section of the Bruce Trail, and we’re on the hunt for a dedicated volunteer to lead this initiative! As the Trail Angel Coordinator, you will manage a list of drivers and send out ride requests, pairing the first respondent with the hiker. Find more information here.

Trail Captain: Are you passionate about the great outdoors? Do you enjoy spending time in nature and want to contribute to preserving our beautiful trails? As a Trail Captain, you will be responsible for a 1-4 km section of our trail, ensuring it remains safe and enjoyable for all users. **Please note: We are currently recruiting for prospective Trail Captain volunteers to fill future vacancies that arise and you will be contacted as needed. This is a popular volunteering role and there will be a delay to start. Find more information here.

Director Positions Currently Open

Support Roles

  • Advertising Coordinator
    Responsible for promoting the BMBTC as a valuable avenue for advertising local and sometimes farther reaching businesses.
  • Communications Team Member
    The Communications Team focuses on helping the board and volunteer teams get their content onto social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. 
  • Events and Fundraising Committee Member
    You will help bring back some pre-covid events, and then help create new events that engage all parts of our community around a love for the Bruce Trail.
  • Biodiversity Team Member
    The main purpose of the Biodiversity Team will be to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the BTC Blue Mountains Club’s Trail network and its owned and managed properties, which would involve:
    • identifying and controlling invasive species.
    • plant and wildlife monitoring and reporting
    • tree planting programs
    • restoration work

      The scope of work could be endless as programs are developed and other groups such as NVCA and local municipalities and educational institutions could be co-opted.
  • Hike Committee to help the Hike Director creating the hike schedule and respond to emails

If any of these roles are of interest to you, and you would like to learn more, please apply online.

  • Land Stewardship Assistant Director
  • AGM Planning Committee Volunteers: The AGM planning committee is looking for two or three volunteers to be part of the planning for the club’s Annual General Meeting.  This would be an annual commitment from January to end of April/beginning of May.  The committee meets on a monthly basis (there may be additional adhoc meetings if required) and timing for the meetings is flexible.  The majority of meetings will be held through Zoom.
  • Logistics & Supplies Assistant: You may have noticed our tent, posters, signs, merchandise, etc., at a number of events.  It takes coordination and physical labour to move all of these items to various locations so we’re looking for one or two individuals to assist our Media Relations team with this task.   You would assist in transporting and setting up these items at the various events the club participates in throughout the year.
  • Landowner Ambassadors: This new role is an important one for developing good relations with our ever important Landowners.  We are looking for personable, friendly volunteers who would connect with our landowners along the trail.  Your interaction with landowners include delivering tokens of appreciation and dealing with issues/concerns that may arise.

 To apply, please contact Jessica Ranalli at nbtc4membership@gmail.com or click here to apply online.

  • No vacant positions at this time

  • Vice President
  • Trail Activities Director
  • Hike Leader 
  • Trail Maintenance 
  • Trail Captain 

We are always in need of general volunteers! Some of the specific areas where we are looking for additional volunteers are below:

  • Land Stewardship and Conservation
  • Social media and communications
  • Hike Leaders
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Volunteer Ambassadors
  • Trail Angels

Please complete a volunteer application here and note any preference of role.

  • Event/Social Director: It is intended that events be divided amongst non-board volunteers. These individuals or small teams will each plan and run one event: allowing up to a year of preparation. The Event Director will oversee the process but not be responsible for running each and every event.
  • Vice President
  • Trail Director
  • Membership Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Director: This position will require networking with local organizations and individuals to broaden membership to include and better reflect the diversity that exists in our local communities. The focus of this position will be to help the club achieve the BTC mission of preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever. To make this a reality, we must do all that we can to help make the Bruce Trail and our organization a welcoming and inclusive space.
  • Vice President
  • Events Coordinator
  • Public Relations Director
  • E-Notes Editor

If you are interested in any of these positions

Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers are the soul of the Bruce Trail, and we appreciate all of their efforts! Extraordinary people put in thousands of hours of volunteer work every year to manage and promote the Bruce Trail in an effort to keep it open and in good repair.

The Calypso Orchid Environmental Award is awarded to an individual, volunteer group, institution or company that has demonstrated a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Bruce Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, or significantly enhanced the education of users or potential users of the Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. The recipient needs not be a member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Exemplary actions by the recipients can have either a direct and/or indirect effect on the Bruce Trail. Meritorious actions can be a single event or undertaken over several years.

Background: In the spring of 1956 Arthur Storey saw his first calypso orchid on a trip to Tobermory. Twenty years later Lloyd Smith commemorated the event by carving a diamond willow walking staff for him, including a likeness of a calypso orchid on the handle. In 1997 Arthur donated the walking staff to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, with the wish that an environmental award be established. The Calypso Orchid Environmental Award was established in 2000.

Nomination Information: 

Submit a completed online nomination form by June 30.

2000Peninsula Bruce Trail Club
2000Chippewas of Nawash First Nations
2001John Burton
2001Margaret Reed
2003George Francis
2005K. Elizabeth Kümmling
2006Walter M. Tovell
2006Leonard O. Gertler
2007Bruce Krug
2008David Moule
2011Keen Canada
2012Ned Morgan
2013Bruce Trail Expedition for Kids
2014not awarded
2015Kevin Warburton
2016The Town of Blue Mountains
2017Anne Clock
2018Bob Hann and Joan Nuffield
2019Laurence Christie
2020Gosling Foundation
2021David Knox

The Ross McLean Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a volunteer who has shown extraordinary contributions to the Bruce Trail Conservancy within the last year. The award is not intended to recognize a lifetime of contributions as that would preclude volunteers who have been with us for a short time. Any form of volunteering for the Bruce Trail Conservancy may be considered for this award.

This annual award was renamed in 2020 to honour the passing of its first recipient and remarkable volunteer, Ross McLean. 

Nomination Information: 

Submit a completed online nomination form by June 30.

2000Peninsula Bruce Trail Club
2000Chippewas of Nawash First Nations
2001John Burton
2001Margaret Reed
2003George Francis
2005K. Elizabeth Kümmling
2006Walter M. Tovell
2006Leonard O. Gertler
2007Bruce Krug
2008David Moule
2011Keen Canada
2012Ned Morgan
2013Bruce Trail Expedition for Kids
2014N/A
2015Kevin Warburton
2016The Town of Blue Mountains
2017Anne Clock
2018Bob Hann and Joan Nuffield
2019Laurence Christie
2020Gosling Foundation
2021Marg Glendon
2022Brian Cornfield
2023Ken Lawday

This award is presented annually to an outstanding trail worker. For more than a decade Susan Oleskevich was a loyal trail maintenance volunteer. During this time, she was Trail Director for the Conservancy, and for the Caledon Hills and Toronto Bruce Trail Clubs.

When Susan died suddenly in the summer of 1995, a group of her friends wanted to donate a lasting symbol of her contribution to the Trail. From these discussions came the Susan Oleskevich Award. The contributions of Susan Oleskevich deserve to be remembered. With the annual presentation of this award, her memory will remain strong and provide a source of motivation for all of us as we continue our volunteer commitment.

The criteria for selection are that the winner shall:

  • Have been actively involved in the physical work of trail maintenance and development
  • Have long-standing commitment to trail work
  • Be an outstanding trail worker

Nomination Information: Submit a nomination to the Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, Dave Moule at dmhiker6@gmail.com by July 31.

1996Ken Ingham
1997Laurence Christie
1997Charles Grant
1998Barry Westhouse
1999Graham McCallum
2000James Swalwell
2000Frank Holley
2001Clayton & Anne Roberts
2001Elsa Karha
2003James & Ann Couse
2004George & Joan Bowman
2005Dave Sheppard
2006Ralph Tremills
2006Tys Murra
2007John Cunningham
2007Robert Light
2008Frank Bouma
2009Mac McDonald
2010Dennis Gallant
2011John Hollingsworth
2012Ralph Tremills
2013Ron Spotton
2014Andrew Costley
2015Rose-Mary Mitter
2016Rick Edwards
2017Richard Pomeroy
2018Vince Zvonar
2019David Paape
2020Jim Standen
2021Carl Alexander
2022Dick Edwards
2023David Moule

Named in honour of Cheryl Duke who was a loyal an office volunteer for almost 30 years, this annual award is given in recognition of the invaluable contributions made by our volunteers at the Bruce Trail Conservancy head office. Recipients are chosen annually by BTC staff and the award is presented at our year-end celebration.

1998The Mop Brigade
2006Cheryl Duke
2006Jim Standen
2006Karl Massfeller
2007Doug Gordon
2007Chris Cropper
2008Jeanne Keldson
2009Maureen Case
2010John Harrison
2012Sarah Veldhoen
2012Stella Parr
2014Dorothy Wengler
2015Frank Spadafora
2016Nick Avery
2017Donna Plyley
2018Cheryl Duke
2019Hugh Fuller
2022Stella Parr
2023Ian Grindall

The Bruce Trail Conservancy Honorary Membership is a prestigious award given to a member who has made a lasting, significant volunteer contribution to the organization at both the Bruce Trail Club and Bruce Trail Conservancy levels. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and commitment and have accomplished significant achievements in furthering the Bruce Trail Conservancy mission. The recipient is awarded a certificate and a complimentary lifetime membership.

Nomination Information:

Complete the online nomination form by June 30.

Awarded annually to the Bruce Trail Club completing the most significant trail project that places the Trail on the Optimum Route, or adds a worthwhile new side trail.

The trophy honours Tom East, an early trail builder, especially in the Caledon Hills section. He is a Past President of the BTC, and the founder of the BTC’s Escarpment Preservation Fund.

Nomination Information: Submit nomination to the Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, David Moule, dmhiker6@gmail.com by July 31.

1988Toronto
1989Beaver Valley
1990Dufferin Hi-land
1991Toronto
1992Beaver Valley
1993Dufferin Hi-land
1994Blue Mountains
1995Peninsula
1996Iroquoia
1996Caledon Hills
1997Caledon Hills
1998Iroquoia
1999Sydenham
2000Iroquoia
2001Peninsula
2002Peninsula
2003Sydenham
2004Peninsula
2005Sydenham
2006Peninsula
2007Peninsula
2007Iroquoia
2008Sydenham
2008Niagara
2009Beaver Valley
2010Caledon Hills
2011Sydenham
2012Sydenham
2013Dufferin Hi-land
2013Caledon Hills
2014Caledon Hills
2015Sydenham
2016Peninsula
2017Sydenham
2018Blue Mountains
2019Sydenham
2020Peninsula
2021Beaver Valley
2022Niagara
2023Caledon Hills

Awarded annually to the Bruce Trail Club completing the year’s most significant trail project which improves or protects the environment.

Philip Gosling is a Founder of The Bruce Trail Conservancy. He was actively involved in much of the early work done to secure landowner permission for the Bruce Trail, and the initial blazing. The Award acknowledges the pivotal work done by a BTC Founder and his late wife in developing and building The Bruce Trail.

Nomination Information: Submit nomination to the Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, David Moule, dmhiker6@gmail.com by July 31.

2002Iroquoia
2003Beaver Valley
2004Iroquoia
2005Toronto
2006Sydenham
2006Dufferin Hi-land
2007Caledon Hills
2008Niagara
2009Sydenham
2010Iroquoia
2011Dufferin Hi-land
2012Beaver Valley
2013Caledon Hills
2014Niagara
2015Peninsula
2016Toronto
2017Peninsula
2018Sydenham
2019Niagara
2020Toronto
2022Blue Mountains
2023Beaver Valley

The Bruce Trail Conservancy Years of Service Awards recognize volunteers who have contributed so many years to volunteering directly for the Conservancy, either through committees, boards, workgroups, or at the Head Office. Awards are given out for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service.

Years of service awards have been recorded since 1993. In 1993 a catch-up award was given to all volunteers, and volunteer time given since 1993 are all that is counted towards the years of service awards.

The Calypso Orchid Environmental Award is awarded to an individual, volunteer group, institution or company that has demonstrated a significant contribution to the restoration and preservation of the Bruce Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, or significantly enhanced the education of users or potential users of the Trail and/or the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. The recipient needs not be a member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Exemplary actions by the recipients can have either a direct and/or indirect effect on the Bruce Trail. Meritorious actions can be a single event or undertaken over several years.

Background: In the spring of 1956 Arthur Storey saw his first calypso orchid on a trip to Tobermory. Twenty years later Lloyd Smith commemorated the event by carving a diamond willow walking staff for him, including a likeness of a calypso orchid on the handle. In 1997 Arthur donated the walking staff to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, with the wish that an environmental award be established. The Calypso Orchid Environmental Award was established in 2000.

Nomination Information: 

Submit a completed online nomination form by June 30.

The Ross McLean Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a volunteer who has shown extraordinary contributions to the Bruce Trail Conservancy within a the last year . The award is not intended to recognize a lifetime of contributions as that would preclude volunteers who have been with us for a short time. Any form of volunteering for the Bruce Trail Conservancy may be considered for this award.

This annual award was renamed in 2020 to honour the passing of its first recipient and remarkable volunteer, Ross McLean. 

Nomination Information:  Complete the online nomination form by June 30.

This award is presented annually to an outstanding trail worker. Susan Oleskevich was a special Bruce Trail volunteer. For more than a decade she was a loyal trail maintenance volunteer. During this time, she was Trail Director for the Conservancy, and for the Caledon Hills and Toronto Bruce Trail Clubs.

When Susan died suddenly in the summer of 1995, a group of her friends wanted to donate a lasting symbol of her contribution to the Trail. From these discussions came the Susan Oleskevich Award. The contributions of Susan Oleskevich deserve to be remembered. With the annual presentation of this award, her memory will remain strong and provide a source of motivation for all of us as we continue our volunteer commitment.

The criteria for selection are that the winner shall:

  • Have been actively involved in the physical work of trail maintenance and development
  • Have long-standing commitment to trail work
  • Be an outstanding trail worker

Nomination Information: Submit nomination to the Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, David Moule, dmhiker6@gmail.com by July 31.

Named in honour of Cheryl Duke who was a loyal an office volunteer for almost 30 years, this annual award is given in recognition of the invaluable contributions made by our volunteers at the Bruce Trail Conservancy head office. Recipients are chosen annually by BTC staff and the award is presented at our year-end celebration.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy Honorary Membership is a prestigious award given to a member who has made a lasting, significant volunteer contribution to the organization at both the Bruce Trail Club and Bruce Trail Conservancy levels. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and commitment and have accomplished significant achievements in furthering the Bruce Trail Conservancy mission. The recipient is awarded a certificate and a complimentary lifetime membership.

Nomination Information: Complete the online nomination form by June 30.

Awarded annually to the Bruce Trail Club completing the most significant trail project that places the Trail on the Optimum Route, or adds a worthwhile new side trail.

The trophy honours Tom East, an early trail builder, especially in the Caledon Hills section. He is a Past President of the BTC, and the founder of the BTC’s Escarpment Preservation Fund.

Nomination Information: Submit nomination to the Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, David Moule, dmhiker6@gmail.com by July 31.

Awarded annually to the Bruce Trail Club completing the year’s most significant trail project which improves or protects the environment.

Philip Gosling is a Founder of The Bruce Trail Conservancy. He was actively involved in much of the early work done to secure landowner permission for the Bruce Trail, and the initial blazing. The Award acknowledges the pivotal work done by a BTC Founder and his late wife in developing and building The Bruce Trail.

Nomination Information: Submit nomination to the Bruce Trail Conservancy Trail Director, David Moule, dmhiker6@gmail.com by July 31.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy Years of Service Awards recognize volunteers who have contributed so many years to volunteering directly for the Conservancy, either through committees, boards, workgroups, or at the Head Office. Awards are given out for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service.

Years of service awards have been recorded since 1993. In 1993 a catch-up award was given to all volunteers, and volunteer time given since 1993 are all that is counted towards the years of service awards.

To nominate a volunteer, follow the button to complete the form. We appreciate all submissions, but we cannot guarantee that all volunteers will be profiled.

Volunteer Resources

Whether you’re experienced or new to volunteering with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, these resources can be helpful in your role.

A Note for Trail Maintenance and Land Steward Volunteers on Reports

The Trail Status Report Form and the Annual Monitoring Form are not currently available on BTC website.
Please connect with your Trail Director or Land Stewardship Director for instructions and links to this year’s form.

The Accessible Ontario Disability Act and the Bruce Trail Conservancy Volunteers

Does this apply to me?

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service applies to all organizations (public, private and non-profit) that provide goods or services either directly to the public or to other organizations in Ontario and that have one or more employees in Ontario.

Training

The customer service standard requires training to staff and volunteers on providing customer service to people with disabilities. 

This includes hike leaders, board members, Head Office volunteers and staff.

An online course is available by following this link http://accessforward.ca/customerService/intro, or you can read this pdf document AODA Customer Service Training.  

Hike Leaders – Please note the following statement –  

This statement should be used, if necessary, to let people know what to expect when hiking the Bruce Trail:

While there are a few portions of the Bruce Trail within Conservation Areas that are wheelchair accessible, use of the majority of the Trail is suitable for foot traffic only. To participate in an organized hike, you need to be able to complete the specified length of the hike on your own or with your own support person within the time allowed. Please refer to the hiking schedule for hike details. 

This statement can also be added to your Club Newsletter hike listings.


Contact us for more information

Bruce Trail Conservancy Youth Council

Join a network of conservation-minded youth and be the voice of the next generation for the Bruce Trail Conservancy!

We are seeking passionate individuals, ages 18-25, who are interested in trails and conservation, to join the Bruce Trail Conservancy Youth Council and share their skills and voice in support of preserving a ribbon of wilderness.

Why Join the Bruce Trail Conservancy Youth Council?

– Connect with other youth to discuss relevant environmental issues

– Provide advice to the Bruce Trail Conservancy on ways to further engage youth in meaningful ways

– Participate in online and in-person events centered around environmental education, hiking, and professional development

– Learn about and help develop opportunities for youth volunteering along the Bruce Trail

– Get relevant, timely volunteer experience in an environmental, non-profit setting

– Support the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s mission to preserve a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever

– Receive a BTC Youth Council Member badge

Ways to be Involved

Join as a General Member at any point to be involved in meetings, attend virtual and in-person events, and share your voice.

Applications for the 2023-24 Executive Committee have closed.

Executive Committee members will take a leadership role on the Youth Council, serving in their role from August 2023-May 2024.

Executive Committee Members will:

  • Determine the goals and objectives of the Youth Council
  • Plan and execute events
  • Help build the youth network of the Bruce Trail Conservancy

A chair and vice chair will be selected to lead the group, and a staff advisor from the Bruce Trail Conservancy will support the executive committee and youth council.

The role of an executive committee member will require a regular commitment of joining monthly virtual meetings, with additional calls as needed, assisting in planning of events, and being an active member by serving as a voice for youth in the Bruce Trail community.

Executive committee spots will be limited. If you are not selected to join the executive committee this year, you will be invited to join as a general member with lots of opportunities to still be involved. You only need to apply once. The executive committee will dissolve at the end of each May, with a new executive committee to be selected annually each fall.

All general member applicants will be invited to join Youth Council meetings and will receive regular communications. This is a flexible opportunity for those interested in getting involved.

General Members will:

  • Provide their voice and opinion on important issues related to conservation and the environment with relation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
  • Participate in events and professional development opportunities.
  • Be invited to join the BTC Youth Council social media group to stay connected with other involved Youth Council members, and attend virtual and in-person events.
  • Attend regular Youth Council meetings.

Under 18? 

If you are under 18 years of age, please review our Minors Volunteering Policy with your parent or guardian.

For more information about the volunteer program

iNaturalist Bruce Trail Conservancy Volunteer Project

Collect important biodiversity data as you hike the Bruce Trail 

We’re looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help us better understand the biodiversity along the Bruce Trail. Whether you are a trained botanist, mycologist or ornithologist, or just interested in learning more about the different species calling the Bruce Trail home, the Bruce Trail Conservancy can use your help.  Using the free powerful online tool iNaturalist, you can collect much needed data while you are out hiking the Bruce Trail.  

Corporate Membership

Is your corporate team looking for an opportunity to give back to your community and the environment, discover more about the natural world, and experience a fun and fulfilling day of volunteering together? Consider a Corporate Membership with the Bruce Trail Conservancy!

By choosing Corporate Membership with the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC), your organization or business can arrange a hands-on group volunteering event, hike or learning opportunity for your staff while contributing to the conservation and trail work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Corporate Membership on-trail event opportunities include:

  • Invasive species removal, tree/wildflower plantings
  • Weeding, mulching, watering previous plantings
  • BioBlitz Hikes
  • Litter hikes

To learn more about what’s included in a Corporate Membership or to start you application, click the button below.

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