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FRIENDS OF THE TRAIL

Being a friend means being a volunteer, ambassador, donor, or all three!

The Paso Del Norte Trail network development relies heavily on people like you. The Friends of the Trail is a group of individuals who provide advocacy, fundraising, and outreach to further the trail's mission. 

Trail Volunteers do everything from clean-ups to wildlife habitat restoration. As a volunteer, you will assist in restoring, conserving, and protecting the natural landscape of our trail network.

Trail Ambassadors are a dedicated group of volunteers who assist trail users and the public in general with anything from directions and first aid to teaching them about the trail's history, flora, fauna, and amenities. Trail Ambassadors serve a much needed role in the trail, such as patrolling the trail, leading hikes, walks, and bike tours, and volunteer at informational booths for community events

Trail Donors are generous individuals that directly support trail development, amenities, and programming. We currently offer sponsorship packages that support specific initiatives of the trail.

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TRAIL VOLUNTEER

The gift of your time is priceless

Building what will eventually become a 68-mile county-wide trail network is an enormous project! Volunteers both local and international play a crucial role in helping to design, build, test, and maintain the trail. There are many ways you can volunteer; we welcome individuals who would like to help out during weekdays, weekends and even holidays. 

 

TRAIL AMBASSADOR

Leaders making a difference

Trail Ambassadors are a dedicated, trained group of volunteers who assist trail users and the public in general with anything from directions and first aid to teaching them about the trail’s history, flora, fauna and amenities. Trail Ambassadors serve a much needed role in the trail, from patrolling the trails, leading hikes, walks, and bike tours, and staffing information tables throughout the community.

 

What do you need to become a Trail Ambassador?

 

  • Be an active trail user

  • Submit a Trail Ambassador Application

  • Possess a valid drivers license

  • Complete a “PdNT Trail Ambassador" training session

 

What will be covered in the training?

 

  • PdNT Trail Ambassador Program Overview

  • Policies and Guidelines

  • Volunteer Expectations

  • Program Paperwork

  • Trail Monitoring

  • STEM Outreach

  • Guided Tours

  • Equipment Requirements

  • Risk Management

  • GPS Training

  • Meeting & Greeting Trail Users

 

What are the expectations?

We ask that all Ambassadors are out on the Trail two (2) times each month from February to October.

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TRAIL DONOR

Your help can bring change

Trail donors directly support trail development, amenities, and programming. With each donation, we will provide an appreciation package that matches the level of support.

 

We would be more than happy to discuss what your interests are as an individual, organization, or company and how we can show our appreciation for your support as a Friend of the Paso Del Norte Trail. 

Appreciation packages can include social media spotlights, newsletter spotlights, logo on trail merchandise, signs along the trail, and more.

ONE TIME DONATION

MONTHLY DONATIONS

AMENITIES FUND

$1,000 - $25,000

Help us develop the trail, increase amenities, and improve trail aesthetics. Your donations could be used to build trail segments, install lighting and benches, or install murals and artistic crosswalks.

SPECIAL PROJECTS FUND

$1,000 - $25,000

Help us showcase the beautiful wildlife and natural landscapes along the Paso Del Norte Trail. Your donation could be used to build and install wildlife habitats, rain harvesting projects, and hosting community events along the trail.

LEGACY DONATION

$25,000 - $100,000

These legacy donations will be used to support trail-building efforts, amenities, and event planning. These donations can also be used as leverage to secure larger state and federal grant opportunities that typically require matching funds. For example, a $50,000 donation provides a match for a $250,000 grant opportunity.

LEGACY DONATION

$100,000+

These larger legacy donations can directly support the development of longer trail segments, trailheads, and access points. These donations can also be used as leverage to secure large grant opportunities that further increase trail development and implementation.