Salt Lake City

Public Lands Department


Who We Are

Trails and Natural Lands (TNL) oversees the care and improvement of Salt Lake City’s trails, open space and natural land. Hundreds of volunteers devote thousands of hours each year to keep our trails, water corridor and open spaces in good condition. Most of that work is accomplished through community stewardship, group service projects and adopt-a-spot sections that receive regular maintenance.

How You Can Help

Salt Lake City is made up of volunteers like you; folks who appreciate the outdoors, enthusiasts who are determined to see their play spaces thrive, and people who enjoy the camaraderie of working as a team to accomplish the goal of caring for our environment. Get out, get dirty, and spread the word. Your help is needed!

As a volunteer you may help restore plant and wildlife habitat, build and maintain local trails, assist in debris removal, plant trees, beautify our open space, provide nature education and so much more!

View our Project Calendar to learn about upcoming stewardship days or submit a volunteer interest form to coordinate a private group project. Don’t forget to sign up for our quarterly newsletter to hear about upcoming trainings, projects and other events.

Why Volunteer?

  • Learn new skills you can use in your own backyard
  • Meet people who share your passion for nature
  • Enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery, and abundant wildlife
  • Help preserve a local oasis for people and nature

Questions? Email us here or call us at 801-972-7890

Highlights & Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer?

There is no minimum age to volunteer with Trails & Natural Lands, however not all volunteer opportunities are appropriate for younger children. All volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or group leader.

How much does it cost to volunteer?

It’s FREE!

When are projects held?

Stewardship projects are held from March to October. Custom volunteer projects can be coordinated for your group or business year-round. To learn more, contact our volunteer coordinator at

I’ve never done this type of work, will I receive training?

There is no prior experience necessary to participate in these projects. In fact, one of the primary goals of this program is to teach visitors the many aspects of maintaining the trails and natural spaces around us. Division staff and volunteer crew leaders provide all project instructions and training (including safety).

When are TNL Community Stewardship days available for signup?

Projects are posted year-round, view our calendar regularly or subscribe to our newsletter to be sent upcoming volunteer opportunities.

What do I need to bring to the volunteer project?

Dress in seasonal layers (long pants & long sleeve shirt are encouraged), wear sturdy shoes for walking on uneven ground. Water bottles, a hat, insect repellent, and sunscreen are all suggested.

What will Trails and Natural Lands provide during volunteer projects?

Gloves, tools and equipment necessary for each project. We will also provide a first aid kit, water cooler to refill your water bottles, and all technical leadership from TNL crew members.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs and any other furry friends are not allowed at project work sites for safety reasons and concerns for the animal(s) and others involved in the project.

What happens when the weather is bad?

Heavy rain conditions will cancel the event; however, most projects can proceed under occasional light rain/overcast conditions. Safety is, as always, the deciding factor. If weather conditions are marginal, TNL staff will decide on the status of the project and contact all attendees the morning of the event.

Once I sign up for a project, how do I know where to meet, what to bring, etc.?

Each attendee will receive an Activity Details Email 7-10 days prior to the event, which will provide all the details regarding your activity.

Can my friends and I volunteer together?

Yes! Adventure seekers who aren’t afraid to get dirty can share their love of trails by giving back either as an individual or a group. Our community stewardship days, annual clean-ups and special trail projects are great for a group of friends or a corporate outing.

What if I can’t make a project I have signed up for and must cancel?

We realize things come up at the last minute. If you are unable to make a project you have signed up for, please try to give us at least 24 hours’ notice as there are often people on a waiting list. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as you know you will be unable to attend a project.

Can I volunteer to fulfill my court ordered community service requirements?

You can fulfill your court ordered community service by attending events on the volunteer calendar. Bring the letter from the court to use as a sign-in sheet for each event and obtain a site lead signature for proof of volunteer hours.

Helpful Links

Puncturevine Free SLC
Leave No Trace
Utah Noxious Weed Field Guide
Wasatch Wildlife Watch
2018 Volunteer Services Annual Report
Prevent Wildfires