We provide varied opportunities that connect volunteers with Wilderness in deep, more meaningful ways. Whether you volunteer on a trail project, attend one of our events, take part in an educational hike, or become a Trail Ambassador, our goal is to strengthen your connection to and advocacy for this amazing place!

Volunteers help Custer Gallatin staff construct a turnpike on the Knox Lake trail near Gardiner

As a Wilderness Stewardship organization, the ABWF is dedicated to “Boots-on-the-Ground” work on behalf of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Our projects fall into one of a handful of categories:

  • Trail Building and Maintenance of wilderness trails.
    Day-Long: Limited on time? Help out for a day. Get outside and help to improve trails, eliminate weeds, and have fun while doing it!
    Multi-Day: Enjoy good views, good company, while making a difference. Most trips food is provided and horses help haul the gear.
  • Trail Ambassadors — providing information & educating Wilderness users in Leave No Trace and best practices at popular trailheads.
  • Citizen Science efforts in which volunteers help scientists collect data that contribute to our better understanding the A-B Wilderness.
  • Wilderness Internships — Work primarily as part of a Forest Service Trail crew, and help with ABWF projects from June through August.
  • Artists-in-Residence — unique programs that provide Wilderness inspiration for a few chosen artists each summer.
  • Inventory update of all Wilderness Portals aka Trail Heads around the entire A-B. Contact us if you want to participate in this fun citizen science and social media effort.

Take a tour of The AB to see our 2024 projects and events on the fully interactive map below.

Stay tuned as we continue to add educational events & other exciting volunteer opportunities.

We look forward to having you join us! If you have any questions, ask us!

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.”

Robert Frost