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Roanoke Island Trails Program (RITP) Overview & Volunteer position description

About RITP

The focus of the RITP is to encourage Roanoke Island residents with the outdoors via a system of biking paths, walking trails, and suggested routes on public streets. Signage and plaques will highlight the unique identities of each community and provide information on various cultural, historical, and ecological features of the island.

Goals & Outcomes

The goals of the project are to: 1) Build ta diverse team of community Bike and Pedestrian enthusiasts, 2) Identify new walking and biking trails and routes, 3) Connect existing paths for a more comprehensive trail network, 4) Create and publish a map showcasing the updated trails and network on Roanoke Island.

Volunteer Description & Opportunities

RITP volunteers should have a vested interest in the communities on Roanoke Island and a desire to see residents and visitors alike enjoy the island's natural environs. Volunteers mus be motivated, willing to work in teams, and capable of light walking. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with all aspects of the program including improving existing trail conditions, recruiting new volunteers, writing educational content, collecting community stories, designing trail-heads, fundraising, creating maps, and more.

Volunteer Duties & Commitment

Volunteer groups will be assembled based on pre-determined geographical trail sections. Group members are required to meet twice a month for one-hour, over a minimum period of six months to discuss and advance ongoing efforts related to the RITP. Groups are responsible for creating meeting agendas and recording meeting minutes. CSI has offered space for volunteers to hold their bi-monthly meetings. These meetings are intended for groups to address the following issues including but not limited to:

-Discuss approaches for garnering continued community support (residents and businesses)

-Walk/Bike/Drive as necessary, either on their own or as a group, potential trails and paths

-Survey residents level of interest

-Decide on and map trail routes (pre-printed maps can be provided by CSI)

-Create educational signage for trails (written, artistic, auditory, Kinesthetic, etc.) based on research, resident interviews, and personal knowledge

-Generate trail way-finding elements

-Discuss trail maintenance and litter control

-Seek out and securing necessary funding for trail work and map publication

-Produce a digital map with key details for publication (restrooms, water, landmarks/POI, bike racks, businesses, Etc.)

-Develop a virtual trail with corresponding educational materials and way-finding

-Recruit new volunteers as necessary

Volunteer Interests, Skills & Educational Categories

These are areas where the volunteers may specifically wish to give their time and/or resources in addition to focusing on a specific geographical region.

Educational Signage

  • Historical - Boat building, land use, commercial fishing, historic homes

  • Cultural - Civil War, family histories, Native Americans

  • Natural - Biology, botany, entomology, ecospheres, adaptions, land use

  • CSI - summer camps, research, garden features, waste water, compost

*Requires research, interviewing, taking photographs, etc. These are example topics only; Final decisions for educational materials will be made by the sub-group and approved

by the steering committee.

Outdoor Construction & maintenance

  • Gardening- Pulling weeds, planting, pruning, watering, mulching

  • Trail tending- Trimming branches, noting issues on trails, cleaning trail signs, general maintenance such as spreading gravel, moving stones, picking up branches, picking up trash Etc.

  • Building Trail-heads and way-finding components

  • Installing educational signage and corresponding elements

  • Constructing a boardwalk

  • Laying wood or placing stones for trail framework

Community Relations

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Researching various funding sources

  • Advocating for new trails

  • Soliciting space for educational signage, Trail-heads, Etc.

  • Writing grants

  • Recruiting new volunteers

Technical & Artistic

  • Designing educational pieces (both for online and in-person)

  • Designing way-finding components (both for online and in-person)

  • Creating and managing online systems for trails

  • Creating a printable and digital map with key components

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