Stewardship

Stewardship

Our volunteers organize and lead stewardship activities as a hands-on way to give back to our natural world.

Loving the outdoors means doing our part to steward these places.

Each year, our volunteers help get hundreds of hands to work repairing trails, maintaining climbing sites, restoring shorelines, and more. Our members' efforts are fueled by their passion for the outdoor experience. This conservation ethic has been integral to our club's mission since our beginnings in 1906. Learn more about the long history of stewardship at the Mountaineers our  Conservation 101: Stewardship blog post.

Many of our most popular courses include a stewardship requirement as part of their curriculum. In addition, our volunteers lead restoration activities throughout the year, and we partner with many local organizations to support stewardship activities.

Find Mountaineers stewardship Activities

TRAIL MAINTENANCE

Trail Maintenance 2Our hiking and climbing trails in Washington take a beating each year - both from users and from the weather. We partner with land managers and other organizations to improve trails, so they can continue to be enjoyed.





HISTORIC FIRE LOOKOUT MAINTENANCE

Pilchuck LookoutThe Mountaineers Everett Branch Lookout & Trail Maintenance Crew provides critical volunteer maintenance to the historic Pilchuck, Three Fingers, and Heybrook fire lookouts in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. They keep these structures open to the visiting public for thousands of annual visitors to see, touch, and experience a piece of history that might otherwise be lost.



STEWARDSHIP Credit Badge

Many Mountaineers courses require stewardship hours as a graduation requirement. Each year, nearly 500 students earn their Stewardship Credit badge, contributing over 3,600 hours of labor on state and federal lands in Washington. Students participate in restoration activities, trail work, or historic lookout maintenance with The Mountaineers or with community partners.



Stewardship Partners

The Mountaineers partners with other conservation organizations to provide our members valuable opportunities to give back to our natural places. Members are not limited to the stewardship activities listed on our website. There’s a plethora of opportunities hosted directly through partner organizations. If you attend a work party with another organization, please forward your confirmation email from the partner organization to info@mountaineers.org after completing your stewardship hours to receive the badge. Learn more about our partner organizations and find more opportunities to give to Washington’s public lands.

FIND MORE STEWARDSHIP OPPORTUNITIES