Volunteer to help the Club and the Catskills

Where we need your help

Hike leaders

Our hikes throughout the year to Catskill peaks and other destinations are led by an all-volunteer group of experienced hikers. New leaders are welcome. Interested? Contact the Outings Chair.


We are looking for members and aspirants to join the 3500 Trailhead Steward Program. The program focuses on engaging with visitors to promote the Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, share relevant regulations, and communicate other pertinent information, in order to improve the sustainability of the parks’ lands and to promote safe hiking. Find out more here.

Trail Work

The 3500 Club maintains the Peekamoose-Table Trail and schedules regular maintenance outings twice a year (spring and fall). Please check the hiking schedule in the Canister for details. We also work closely with the Trail Conference, DEC, CCC and other organizations on many of their maintenance and conservation efforts. You can stay informed on all these opportunities by checking our Facebook page or sign up for our volunteer newsletter or e-mail the Trail Maintenance Chair.

Search & Rescue

The Catskill 3500 Club Search and Rescue team – officially named Catskill Mountain SAR - was formed in 2018. Interested in learning more? Care to join us? Contact Annmarie Spiciarich, SAR Chair. It’s a classic volunteer position: long hours, no pay. But the camaraderie is wonderful and learning new skills is truly invigorating. If you’re looking for that next project after completing your 35, joining the SAR team might just be the ticket.


The club's conservation committee chair needs volunteers to attend meetings and help monitor outside activities affecting the Catskill Forest Preserve. Conservation Chair

Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner Committee Chair always needs help with planning and making arrangements for the meeting held in April each year. Contact the Annual Dinner Chair to help.

The Catskill Canister

We need contributors for our quarterly newsletter, The Catskill Canister, such as short stories and news items of interest to our members. For more information contact The Canister Editor.

Club Volunteer Awards

Club Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize service to the club by its members. The award is open to any member in good standing who accumulates 7 points by participating in various activities. Application

Hike Leader Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize leadership in the club by its members. The award is open to any member in good standing who leads six scheduled hikes including a winter hike and (separately) a bushwhack. Also required is participation in one club trail maintenance outing. Application

Founders Award

The Founder's Award is a scholarship established by the club to encourage members to attend training to improve their hike leader skills. It was also intended to recruit new hike leaders. Application