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Youth Projects

Our ITA Youth Trail Crew Program provides opportunities for youth ages 14-18 to learn about the outdoors while building and maintaining hiking trails in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment throughout the state of Idaho. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to become stewards of public lands and to create new patterns of behavior as a whole towards the environment.

Our trips are led by experienced crew leaders who are passionate about the outdoors. These week-long projects allow teens to meet new friends, try new things and explore Idaho’s best outdoor places. ITA will provide all the meals and supervision for the week. Tents, sleeping bags, and pads are available. Crew leaders will have cell phones/radios in case of emergency.

You do not need to have any experience to sign up for a project. We will give you the training and tools you need to do the work. Volunteers must be between the ages of 14-18 and do not need to be accompanied by an adult. Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions about our projects. Contact trails@idahotrailsassociation.org if you have any questions about our youth projects.

Project rating scale:

1 – Easy: Trail work is performed near or a short distance from a trailhead. Work is typically performed with a larger group. Minimal gear may be carried.

2 – Moderate: Day trip trail work is performed a small to medium distance from a trailhead. Volunteers (up to a dozen) will carry a daypack and tools.

3 – Difficult: Hike medium to long distances from a trailhead – these are overnight backpacking trips. Support of an outfitter or pack assistance may/may not be available.

4 – Very Strenuous: Hike medium to long distances often uphill from a trailhead – these are overnight backpacking trips. Support of an outfitter or pack assistance may/may not be available.

Click to see more projects:

Trail Maintenance Projects

Trail Monitoring Projects

WOW! Women’s Only Projects

Upcoming Projects:


2021 Fall Youth Trail Cleanup

October 30 • Boise Foothills

Description: Join Idaho Trails Association and Ridge to Rivers for a Saturday trail cleanup in Boise for youth ages 14-18! This is a chance to earn community service hours, do good, meet like-minded teens, and learn about two of Idaho’s top trail maintenance organizations. Gloves, trash bags, sanitizer, and a good time will be provided. […]

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