Volunteer for a Vesica This October

Volunteer for a Vesica This October

The organizations that build and maintain our trails rely on the efforts of volunteers - if you enjoy using your local trails and have been thinking it's time to give back, now's your chance! And if you get out there in the month of October, we'll even give you a free Vesica.

Trail maintenance is important to Cnoc, to the point we have monthly staff trail work days and an adopted section of the PCT. We want to get outside and we want our customers to get outside, so we want there to be places for that to happen. While discussing ways to include our customers in that value, we came up with the Cnoc October trail work incentive campaign. Basically, if folks signed up for and did trail maintenance during the month of October, we would send them a Vesica collapsible water bottle. That's it. No purchase necessary. No need to be an existing customer. No need to be a future customer. The core motivation is just to get more volunteers on trails before winter begins and trail work season ends. Read on for a full explanation of how to participate, rules and regulations, and a (by no means complete) list of recommended trail work organizations if you need some help getting started.

During the month of October, social media users can post pictures of themselves participating in a volunteer trail work event facilitated by an established trail maintenance organization with the hashtag #volunteerforavesica to receive a free Vesica collapsible water bottle from Cnoc Outdoors as a thank you for their participation. Social posts will result in Cnoc reaching out via direct message within 1 business day to a form where participants fill out product preferences, shipping info, and submit proof of participation. Vesicas will ship after the campaign ends on November 4th.

What's an established trail maintenance organization? By that we mostly mean we want you to volunteer through an organization that knows what needs to be done and can utilize your help most effectively. We've compiled a list of organizations sorted by region to give you some ideas, but this is by no means a comprehensive list - participation is not limited to just these organizations. Each of these organizations has events in October.

New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)

Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Trail Crew, Volunteer Long Trail PatrolCatamount Trail AssociationChocorua Mountain ClubConnecticut Forest and Park AssociationFriends of the Blue HillsFriends of the Wapack, Green Mountain ClubMass AudubonNatural GroupieSquam Lakes AssociationThe Cohos Trail Association (TCTA)The Nature ConservancyVolunteers in the ParksWhite Mountain National ForestWinding Trails

Mid-Atlantic (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

Delaware State ParksDelaware GreenwaysFinger Lakes Trails ConferenceKeystone Trails AssociationMontgomery ParksNYNJ Trail ConferenceNJ Department of Parks and ForestsThe Yankee Clippers/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC)

Southeast (AL, AR, DC, GA, FL, MS, LA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Konnarock Trail Crew, Rocky Top Trail Crew, Smokies Wilderness Elite A.T. Crew (SWEAT)Carolina Mountain ClubFlorida Trail AssociationFriends of the MountainsPisgah Area SORBAPotomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC)Spooky Beavers & Prince William Forest Park, Tennessee Trails AssociationThe Flying McCleodsThe Rock Creek Filibusters

Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

Black Hills TrailsBuckeye Trail AssociationCentral Iowa Trail AssociationIce Age Trail Alliance, Friends of Ouachita Trail, The Ozark Trail Association, North Country Trail AssociationSuperior Hiking TrailUrban Trail Company

Mountain West (CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)

Boulder Climbing CommunityBoulder Mountainbike AllianceColorado Fourteeners InitiativeContinental Divide Trail CoalitionFountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway DistrictFriends of Cheyenne Mountain State ParkFriends of Colorado State ParksFriends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek WildernessFriends of the Dillon Ranger DistrictFriends of the PeakGrand Junction chapter of Great Old Broads for WildernessGrand Valley Trails AllianceMedicine Wheel Trail AdvocatesPurgatoire Watershed PartnershipRoaring Fork Outdoor VolunteersRocky Mountain Field InstituteSalida Mountain TrailsVolunteers for Outdoor ColoradoWilderness Workshop

Pacific (AK, HI, WA, OR, CA)

Advocates for the Forest of Nisene MarksCalifornia State Parks FoundationChugach State ParkForest Park Conservancy, Greater Hells Canyon Council, High Cascades Forest VolunteersNature Conservancy of OregonOregon Timber TrailPacific Crest Trail AssociationSierra Buttes Trail StewardshipTrailkeepers of OregonWashington Trails Association

Southwest (AZ, NM, TX, OK)

Arizona Trail AssociationSam Houston Trails Coalition

Rules + Regulations:

-Participation is limited to the USA

-Photos must be public, posted to Facebook or Instagram, and include #volunteerforavesica - make sure to check your spelling!

-Participants cannot be paid during their volunteer time.

-Participation is defined as volunteer work with an established trail maintenance organization i.e. participants that do unsanctioned work on their own or volunteer with an organization that does not do trail work do not qualify. Cnoc reserves the right to determine what qualifies as an established trail work organization.

-Cnoc reserves the right to refuse participation to any post that includes content that doesn’t align with Cnoc’s company values (i.e. includes hate speech, offensive content, clear violations of LNT guidelines, etc)

-Participants must be able to provide proof of participation from the organization volunteered with.

-Trail work must be completed during the month of October - proof of participation must include date of event.

-Proof of participation must be provided by November 4th, 2022. Vesicas will begin shipping after November 4th, 2022


  • Serena (aka @crabbykitty)

    I was super excited to discover your company! I love supporting Oregon companies! I participate with a local non profit in souther oregon, Source One Serenity. It’s focus is to get veterans outside. We’ve adopted the Boulder Creek Wilderness area in Umpqua National Forest. Looking forward to trying out your products on the trail! Thanks!

  • Amanda

    Would state parks count toward the trail maintenance if they have specific trail maintenance days? The organizations listed above are not local to me and it would be difficult to travel to those specific locations.

  • Robby Beach

    Friends of Ouachita Trail is having Trail maintenance October 21-22. Please add to Oklahoma list.

  • Mark Luke

    Can you tell what you show in the Deep South area of Covington, Louisiana?

  • Dean Ngarotata

    Hi there. Been a user of your Vecto for years. Great product.

    Any chance you can add an organization to your list?
    The Ozark Trail Association in Missouri. Non profit, we have an event this weekend Mega for trail maintenance. Be great if they could be listed as the exposure would also be great for the organization.
    Also we are in the process of joining the Ozark trail (MO) to the Ozark Highlands Trail (AR).
    Regards. Dean (#Sherpaandblue).

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