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Trail Maintenance Volunteers

In order to provide for visitor safety and to protect parkland resources, the Park District staff and trail volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to repair and enhance existing trails and construct new narrow trails.Trail maintenance projects at various Regional Parks include helping with pruning, erosion control, trail tread and travel- way improvements, and new trail construction. A great way to see the parks!

DownloadIvan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program, Spring 2017 Newsletter (1.5 MB, Adobe Acrobat PDF)

Trail Maintenance Projects

2017 Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Program Event Schedule
If you have any questions about any of the programs, please call (510) 544-2631.
Sat, April 29
Ivan Dickson Multicultural Day
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Registration closed
Sat, May 20
CA Trail Day
Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Registration closed
Sat-Sun, June 10-11
Ivan Dickson Weekend
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Visit for details
Registration closed
Sat, July 15
Ivan Dickson Trail Day
Tilden Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Registration closed
Sat, August 12
Ivan Dickson Trail Day
Miller/Knox Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Registration closed
Sat, September 23
National Public Lands Day
Anthony Chabot Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Registration closed
Sat, October 21
Ivan Dickson Trail Day
Del Valle Regional Park
Max capacity: 60 volunteers
Registration closed
Sat, November 4
Bay Area Ridge Trail Service Day
Cull Canyon Regional Park
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How to Volunteer? 

If you wish to help with a particular project, choose an event from the calendar of trail projects (see schedule above) and follow the registration instructions for that particular event.

For most events you can Register Online or call (510) 544-2631 to register. Some events have partnership organizations handling registration so please follow the instructions. You may register up to one month in advance and at least three days before the project. You will receive a flier through email with event details including meeting time, place, project description, and what to bring up to two weeks before the event. If you have additional questions please call (510) 544-2631.


Youth under 18 years of age must bring a parent or other parent-designated adult over 18 yrs.old to work with on the trail projects.If there is a group of youth under age 18, one adult supervisor per five youth is required.

Regional Trails staff will assign participants to work teams supervised by EBRPD crew leaders.The work teams will break out into groups throughout the site.Trail workdays continue until about 12:30 or 1:00 p.m. Everyone then reunites for lunch and a wrap-up.

Be prepared for changing weather! Dress in layers and have appropriate clothing for light rain or to protect against full exposure to sun.Bring work gloves and wear sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and long-sleeved T-shirts.Bring drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat that will protect your ears and neck.If your sensitivity to poison oak is high, bring an extra change of clothes and shoes, and a plastic bag to take away your exposed or soiled work clothes.Irritants may include ticks, mosquitos, sunburn, and blisters.Special precautions for preventing poison oak exposure and reducing irritants will be explained on site.

Storm conditions or heavy rain will cancel events. In the event of a cancellation you will receive an email one day before the event. You may also check for cancellation, by calling (510) 544-2631, on the day before the event. To volunteer, or for more information on the trail maintenance projects, contact: East Bay Regional Park District, Trails Development Department, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, P.O. Box 5381, Oakland, CA 94605-0381 or call (510) 544-2631.

If you would like to receive our bi-annual Ivan Dickson Volunteer Maintenance Program Newsletter, please call (510)544-2631 and leave the correct spelling of your name, your phone number, and email address.

Why Be a Trail Volunteer?

If you like to hike, bike, or ride and enjoy well maintained trails, think about becoming a trail maintenance volunteer.

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) manages thousands of acres of land and maintains over 1,250 miles of trails. Maintenance and rehabilitation of the existing trails is an ongoing process (similar to repairing potholes on public roadways) and is required due to public use, annual vegetation growth, and other forces of nature, particularly from erosion caused by the flow of water over and adjacent to trails.

In order to provide for visitor safety and to protect parkland resources, EBRPD staff and volunteers provide a much-needed source of labor to repair and enhance existing trails and construct new narrow trails.In turn, volunteers learn concepts of land stewardship and resource conservation while giving back to the trails system they enjoy.

Typical tasks for volunteers include repair of drainage structures, pruning and vegetation removal, trail tread maintenance, and installation of special trail structures such as retaining walls, bridges, and causeways.

Volunteers use a variety of hand tools under the instruction of EBRPD staff. Participants can include anyone in good physical condition: children (10 years and older) teens, adults, and seniors. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Earn Respect, Credit and Appreciation for Community Service

In addition to interested individuals, trail maintenance volunteers come from schools, churches, Scout groups, corporate partnerships, public agencies, and various trail user organizations.

  • Students can earn four community service hours per event.
  • Girl Scouts have earned credit toward the Backpacking Merit Badge and the Eco-Action Merit Badge.

If you are interested, give us a call!

Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Program


Drawing of Ivan DicksonIvan Dickson was a member of the Berkeley Hiking Club since 1920 and was an active hiker well into his eighties. For more than 60 years, Ivan Dickson spent his free time hiking the trails of the East Bay Regional Park District.

When Mr. Dickson died in February 1993, at the age of 95, he left both a request and bequest to the East Bay Regional Park District to "take good care" of the trails that meant so much to him. In order to honor Ivan's desire for trails to be well maintained, the District created a unique program for trail maintenance (current projects).The funds from his bequest are managed like an endowment, with the interest generated being used to sponsor and support volunteer maintenance projects throughout the Park District's extensive trail system. The funds are allocated for materials, supplies, hand tools, food, and acknowledgments for the volunteers. By leveraging these funds for long-term growth, and by involving the public in a partnership dedicated to the preservation of trail resources through volunteer efforts, a perpetual trail maintenance program has been established to accommodate future generations of trail stewards.

Since 1996, the Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program has managed 175 trail projects with 9,121 volunteers contributing over 35,000 hours of volunteer labor.

Trail Maintenance Fund

Join us in building a Trail Maintenance Fund. Our goal is to build the Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Fund to $5,000,000!By doing so, we can guarantee a perpetual trail maintenance program for future generations. Financial contributions are tax-deductible and can be made to: EBRPD-Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program Fund, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605.

Make a Donation to Trail Maintenance Projects

If your company or organization has a special item to donate to our program, please let us know! Donations of lunch items, trail-related goods, and items of appreciation for volunteers are welcomed and are tax deductible.