Record Your Volunteer Time!

If you work on trail-related volunteer projects, it is up to you to record the time you spend. There are many, many reasons why this is important. It is also a bit of a pain. But it doesn’t have to be, if you take a few minutes to get your act together!

For awhile, more of our volunteer activity may be done as individuals working in pairs than in the past. That means more of the responsibility to log your time rests on you! 

Time spent on projects working at home can be counted.

Here’s what to do:

1. Download the Individual Hours Log Form here.

2. Save the form on your computer so you can start a new one every quarter.

3. Print out a copy to keep in your day bag, glove box, or on your desk. Or one for all those places. It’s just for rough notes. (A notebook will do, or even a dedicated page in your favorite Notes app on your smartphone.)

4. Whenever you go out on a project or work on one at home, just grab the nearest form (or your phone) and fill it in.

5. At the end of the quarter, grab the form(s) whereever they are and combine the data on a form right in your computer. 

6. Save your combined report and email a copy to Please send reports during the first week of January, April, July, and right away at the beginning of October.

(Note: if you’ve signed-in at a group event, you don’t need to record it again on your form.)