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Adopt-a-Trail is an all-volunteer program that gives the public an opportunity to be actively involved in conserving and maintaining the natural wealth and beauty of Bloomington Parks and Recreation's trail system. Volunteers assist Parks and Recreation staff with the vital task of improving and maintaining the many trails in parks throughout Bloomington.

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Objectives for the Adopt-a-Trail program are:

  • to ensure the continued enjoyment of trails in Bloomington parks
  • to unite those interested in responsible land management practices through maintenance of trails and public education
  • to promote land stewardship, physical fitness, and community

Volunteers who choose to Adopt-a-Trail receive training and instruction on proper trail maintenance techniques. All necessary tools and equipment will be provided. The only requirement to adopt a trail is to have a genuine concern for the well-being of our natural resources. Garden clubs, scout troops, youth groups, individuals, special interest clubs, church organizations, families, neighborhood associations, students, school organizations and private industries are encouraged to get involved. A one-year commitment is required. Adopt-a-Trail volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.

Once trained, volunteers are expected to:

  • walk and observe the adopted section of trail

  • remove trash and sticks from the trail

  • report unusual or suspicious events on the trail
  • submit monthly reports to Bloomington Parks and Recreation

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation will:

  • orient individuals and/or groups to the Adopt-a-Trail program
  • provide basic trail maintenance training
  • provide trail maintenance tools and arrange for the use of trail maintenance equipment

Volunteers are required to attend a one-hour orientation and an on-site training.