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COSCA Volunteer Corps: Trail Work

The COSCA Volunteer Corps Trail Work program is coordinated by the Conejo Open Space Trails Advisory Committee, and it is supported financially by the Conejo Open Space Foundation as well as the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. Trail building and trail maintenance projects are usually joint projects with the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and/or the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association.

See the current Volunteer Manual for a more detailed description of the volunteer programs. The Annual Trail Work Day is described starting on page 4, and Special Trail Work Days are described starting on page 6.

Click here to access an online application.


Trail Building and Trail Maintenance

Give something back to your trails and open space! COSCA offers a trail work calendar including several small-crew work sessions, as well as COSCA's annual Trail Work Day which draws up to 200 volunteers. Enjoy a day of fresh air, camaraderie and exercise while getting your whole family involved in our open space.

Click here to see Trail Work Day contributors.


Upcoming Trail Work Days

Watch this space for upcoming Trail Work Days.


Recent Trail Work Days

2013 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day
At the 2013 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day on Saturday, March 23, one of the main access routes from Hill Canyon to the Western Plateau in the open space between Thousand Oaks and the Santa Rosa Valley received some much needed attention. About 80 volunteers helped to remove rocks and nonnative vegetation and improve drainage along two miles of an existing fire road that forms part of a new trail loop in the Conejo Canyons. Following the trail work, participants were treated to hamburgers/vegi-burgers, chips, fruit and drinks. Here's a link for 2013 Spring Trail Work Day photos at the Ventura County Trails website

2012 Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day
Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency's 22nd Annual Trail Work Day was held on October 20, 2012. 190 volunteers gathered to help build nearly a mile of new trail in the Hill Canyon/Western Plateau area to the west of Wildwood Park. This new section of trail re-routed the existing trail away from an unstable stream-side exposure. Following the trail work, volunteers were treated to a barbecue lunch. Great door prizes were awarded to some lucky T.W.D. participants. Prizes were donated by generous merchants in support of our volunteers and local trails. Click here to see photos of the 2012 Trail Work Day.

2012 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day
Dozens of volunteers helped build a new trail in Wildwood Park during the 2012 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day on March 24, 2012. The new trail is part of a loop of trails around Lizard Rock, and it will also provide much improved access into Wildwood from the new bridge site in the Hill Canyon area. Click here to see pictures of this event.

2011 Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day
Scores of volunteers participated in the 21st annual Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day that took place on October 15, 2011. There were two primary projects: trail building in the Sunset Hills area of Thousand Oaks, and projects for families and scout groups at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden.

The Sunset Hills trail project is located within a 238-acre block of open space that protects oak woodlands, non-native grasslands and coastal sage scrub. The area supports many species of wildlife, including birds of prey such as black-shouldered kites, northern harriers and red-tailed hawks. The newly aligned trail (open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians) provides beautiful views of Bard Reservoir and, on clear days, a view of the Pacific Ocean.

The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is 33 acres of natural terrain encircled by the city of Thousand Oaks. From the sweeping vistas at the peak of the Garden, through fifteen unique hillside specialty gardens, and onto the hiking trail along the stream, the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is one of the hidden gems of the Conejo Valley.

After the work was done, volunteers were treated to lunch. After lunch, a drawing was held to give away some very nice prizes including the grand prize of a bicycle!



The 2012 Trail Work Day
grand prize: a brand new mountain bike.



2011 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day
The 2011 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day took place on March 26, 2011. Quite a few volunteers turned out to help complete the Potrero Ridge Trail between Reino Road and the hilltop watertank to the east. After the trail work was done, volunteers were treated to lunch (hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, and cookies) served at the work site. Pictures of the trail work being done are available at the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) website. Click here to see the pictures.

2010 Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day
The 20th annual Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day took place on October 16, 2010. Many groups and many individual volunteers participated. Volunteers were bussed to the work site in Wildwood Park where they built a new connector trail to link the Lower Santa Rosa Trail to the upper Santa Rosa Trail. Following the trail work, participants were bussed back to the Conejo Community Center where they were treated to lunch. During lunch, drawings were held to give away a variety of prizes including a brand new mountain bike donated by Giant Bicycles. Click here to see pictures taken at the 2010 trail work day.

2010 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day
The 2010 Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day took place on March 27, 2010 on the Mountain Creek Trail and the Potrero Ridge Trail in Newbury Park. On Mountain Creek Trail, much of the top section was widened and drainage was improved around a switchback. A lot of brush and overgrowth was cleared on Potrero Ridge Trail near its intersection with the Mountain Creek Trail. Pictures of the trail work being done are available at the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) website. Click here to see the pictures.

2009 Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day
The 19th annual Conejo Open Space Trail Work Day took place on October 17, 2009. In spite of unusually high temperatres, over 160 volunteers turned out to make the event a great success. Many groups and many individual volunteers participated. Volunteers were bussed to the work site where they realigned a trail in the Dos Vientos area. Work was also done at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. Following the trail work, participants were bussed back to the Conejo Community Center where they were treated to lunch. During lunch, drawings were held to give away a variety of prizes including a brand new mountain bike donated by Giant Bicycles.






OTHER TRAIL WORK ACTIVITIES

For more trail work opportunities, visit the these web sites:
Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council
CORBA