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Getting Good Help: Recruiting and Retaining Trail Volunteers

UNH Extension Natural Resources



High Adventure




About the Event

Working with volunteers can be rewarding and beneficial, but it can also be challenging, time consuming and hard! How do you recruit new volunteers and keep them coming back? When should you host an event? Will people really come hike in two miles to build a new bridge?

Join Charlotte and Andy for a training on how to recruit and retain trail volunteers. With 10+ years of experience coordinating stewardship volunteers, Charlotte and Andy will share their recommendations for how to plan successful volunteer events that will keep volunteers coming back!

This webinar is part of the Developing Interconnections for Regional Trails (DIRT) project, a collaboration between UNH Extension staff, UNH faculty, and external nonprofit and agency partners, supported by the UNH Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) Initiative. Click here for more information about DIRT.

Presenters/Panelists: Andy Crowley

Andy is a consulting trail builder with Conservation Trail Services, manages the statewide volunteer program at NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources , and former Stewardship Projects Manager with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Andy has built new programs, championed major projects, and made many mistakes and learned along the way – so you don’t have to!

Charlotte Thompson

Charlotte helps organizations and volunteers across New Hampshire manage their conservation land through her work as Stewardship Outreach Program Manager at UNH Extension. Charlotte leads communications for Nature Groupie, which helps groups recruit outdoor volunteers and previously worked as a volunteer and stewardship coordinator.


Contact Emma Tutein at or (603) 355-2748.