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Volunteering in Scotland’s National Parks

The Mountains & The People offers a range of opportunities to get involved in enjoyable and rewarding conservation work in Scotland’s National Parks.

Our main volunteer programmes are;

  • Conservation Volunteering days

Conservation Volunteering days let you help protect and enhance upland habitats, while getting out in the Scottish Mountains, discover new places, take on exciting challenges, meet people, learn new skills and also improve your health and wellbeing through outdoor activity. The work of our conservation volunteers compliments our  investment in mountain path repairs. Regular basic maintenance is essential to ensure that habitats are protected and paths can be enjoyed for years to come.

Our volunteer opportunities give people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, the chance to get involved and play your part. Conservation days run throughout the year across both National Parks and will include upland path maintenance and erosion control, dry stone wall building, invasive species control and much more.

There will be chances to join us every month, both during the week and at weekends. Where possible transport will be available from a central meeting point: Balloch in Loch Lomond & Trossachs and Aboyne, Grantown-on-Spey, or Perth in the Cairngorms.

Spaces are limited and volunteers must book on in advance. All of our activities are shown in our events calendar.

  • Adopt A Path

This exciting scheme, developed by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, allows you to become a custodian of one of the paths we are improving during our project.  Adopt a Path volunteers help conserve fragile upland landscapes by reporting on erosion damage or potential path issues which allows maintenance to be targeted to best effect. Adopt a  Path volunteers receive training and support to undertake path surveys in a safe manner which provides the type of information we require to ensure these paths are maintained for generations to come.  You can visit the Adopt a Path website here.

  • Corporate Volunteering

Whether you are an individual or a group of 50 colleagues, corporate volunteering can be a great way to give something back, indulge in new experiences, break down barriers between departments or just have fun.  Get in touch to find out more about the benefits of volunteering through work and what opportunities we have available.

  • Mountain Maintenance Volunteers

As a Mountain Maintenance Volunteer you will be supported to work as a team to undertake regular light maintenance on some of our National Parks most iconic mountain paths.  More information on how to get involved in a group near you will be coming soon so sign up to our mailing list to hear more.

Whatever type of volunteering you take part in, whilst working alongside our experienced team, you will learn techniques that enhance your practical conservation skills and increase your knowledge about the natural and cultural heritage of our National Parks.

If you are part of a group, a club, a school, a business or an organisation we can help you get involved through tailoring activities to suit your needs.

To find out more sign up to our mailing list or checkout our events calendar

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