Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail

Trail Volunteer Opportunities

The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail is an all-volunteer organization. We have no paid staff and depend on volunteers for all of our trail building and educational efforts.

Help save the magnificent native trees along the Capital Crescent Trail! Join Montgomery County Parks Certified Weed Warrior Supervisor, David Brooks, as we manually remove the invasive vines from trees along this well loved trail.

English ivy vines cover the trees, slowly killing the trees from the base upwards. The vines also harbor a bacterial leaf scorch that affects a wide variety of native and ornamental trees. Other invasive vines completely engulf the trees, shading them out and overburdening them with added weight, causing the trees to topple. Help us save them!!

Join us on the first Wednesdays of October through May, 10 - 11:30 AM. Workdays June through September will vary by day and time; contact Dave Brooks for details. Meet at the gravel parking lot at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Little Falls Parkway at 10:00 am. For more information or to let us know you will be coming, please contact Dave Brooks at or 301-706-4007.

Our CCCT Board meets 10 times a year, and the public is welcome to all meetings.

Our Board is active in promoting enhancements and safety on the Trail, and a variety of other advocacy efforts. In addition to maintaining the Trail website, publishing a newsletter, and raising funds for Trail improvements, we engage with elected and other officials to promote Trail issues.

Attending the meetings is a good way to find areas where you may be interested in helping as a volunteer. If you are looking for an opportunity to support the Trail, you should consider joining the Board. The CCCT is always looking for energetic and active Trail advocates to join the Coalition Board of Directors. Currently the Board has ten members including walkers, joggers and bikers; mainly residents of Silver Spring, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Washington.

Our monthly meetings are normally held on the second or third Monday of each month at the Bethesda Library.

Monthly Meeting Schedule:
Nov. 17, 2014, 7-9 p.m., at the Bethesda Library
No Meeting in December
Jan. 12, 2015, 7-9 p.m., at the Bethesda Library
Feb. 9, 2015, 7-9 p.m., at the Bethesda Library
March 9, 2015, 7-9 p.m., at the Bethesda Library
April 13, 2015, 7-9 p.m., at the Bethesda Library
May 11, 2015, 7-9 p.m., at the Bethesda Library

in Montgomery County for the Montgomery County Park Police
In DC and anywhere in the C&O Canal NP for the National Park Service.

Volunteer Patrollers do not engage in enforcement actions; they monitor, inform, educate and call Park Rangers or Police as needed.

If you use the trail regularly you will see trail needs where a "random act of kindness and senseless beauty" can make a difference in your neighborhood. Acts can be as simple as pulling a few weeds that are crowding the trail, picking up litter someone else has thoughtlessy left behind, or reporting an unsafe trail condition (See our SAFETY page for reporting instructions). We will continue to press local agencies to do the "heavy lifting" of trail maintenance, but volunteer support is becoming increasingly needed to catch the many small but important things that fall between the cracks.

Join with several of your friends to schedule a short trail clean up in your neighborhood. If you see a group volunteer opportunity you are interested in organizing, contact us. We can help you advertise for volunteers and can give some recognition to your group.

Safety is NO ACCIDENT - Courtesy is Contagious