The Copper Harbor Trails thrive because of the thousands of volunteer hours put in each year by community members, CHTC supporters, and trail lovers. In addition, generous donors help fund CHTC's efforts and keep the gears turning behind the scenes. Building trail is an expensive endeavor, particularly in a region as remote and rugged as ours! We also must pay for insurance, race expenses, signage, and plenty of other necessities to keep the organization moving forward. Our tiny town of 100 year-round residents can't do it all and we appreciate any support we can get.
Put your money where your heart is! CHTC members come from near and far, yet they all share one thing: a love for our trails. By joining the Copper Harbor Trails Club, you show your support for our organization and the awesome trails we have worked to create. Your membership not only helps us monetarily, it also shows other funders and community partners that we have a passionate support base within the region that wants to protect and develop non-motorized trails for everyone. Join today so that together we can create a better system tomorrow!
Buy Some Swag
We sell all sorts of merch at events and with partner businesses. Show your support by purchasing a hat, socks, stickers, shirt, or whatever else tickles your fancy! After the busy season we'll put the leftovers up for sale online so people far from Copper Harbor can get in on the action too.
Over 80 local and regional businesses support The Copper Harbor Trails Club each year, providing much-needed income to build and maintain our trails each year. These busniesses recognize the impact our trails have on the Keweenaw's communities and are committed to giving back in a big way. Our top-notch trails attract not only tens of thousands of outside visitors each year, but also help retain high-quality employees who are drawn to the region's abundant natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. If you or your business are interested in supporting our efforts at a higher level, please contact us directly to discuss our Parter Program or funding needs.
An easy way to support the trails is to drop a few dollars in the Copper Harbor trailhead donation pipe, contribute via PayPal, or send donations to the Copper Harbor Trails Club, P.O. Box 37, Copper Harbor, MI 49918. You can also support project-specific fundraising campaigns, such as the Keweenaw Point Trail project. No matter how you contribute, all funds go right back into supporting the CHTC's mission and the trails you know and love. Thanks!
Through the Adopt-A-Trail program you (and your buddies, spouse, kids...) can volunteer to take care of a specific trail, helping to open the trail for the season, watching for trouble areas, and assisting with maintenance to keep the trails in prime riding condition. Adopt a trail for a season, renewable each year. No previous trail care experience is necessary, training will be provided. Contact us to find out how to get involved.
Volunteer Trail Days
Give back to the trails by attending a Volunteer Trail Day! The CHTC organizes trail day events where passionate volunteers come together to help the CHTC accomplish some of our ‘to do’ list so we can ensure the highest quality riding experience. Come spend a day digging in the dirt with us and maybe make some new friends along the way.
May 1st (Saturday): 9:30 AM - 3 PM, focusing on clearing the small debris. Leaf blowers are key, and rakes work in a pinch. Bring a leaf blower if you have one and a rake if not. Plan to meet at the Trails End Campground just west of Copper Harbor on M-26.
- Season opening trail prep - Help clean up after a long winter and prepare the trails for riding! If you would still assist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Great trails don't happen by accident. Volunteers are critical! Thanks to all of those who have contributed sweat equity to make our trails awesome. We couldn't do our work without you and appreciate your support.
One of the most significant ways the CHTC raises funds to support the trails is through our events. We are always looking for passionate, positive volunteers to help events run smoothly. Contact us if you are interested in donating time to help with high-level event planning, day-of logistics, or just want to control traffic during a race.
Board and Committees
The CHTC is run by a group of invested Board and committee members. If you are looking to get involved on a more regular basis, consider being involved as a board or committee member. Listed below are the responsibilities for board and committee members. Contact us if you are interested in serving in one of these roles.
Board Member Responsibilities: The purpose of the board is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the CHTC so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. If interested, please contact Nathan Miller for more details on responsibilities and commitment.
Board of Directors for 2021:
- Ben Ciavola, President
- Chris Guibert, Vice-President
- Adam Yeoman, Treasurer
- Cory McDonald, Secretary
- Kim Barna
- Sam Raymond
- Caleb Wendel
- Sarah Kuhl
- Lena Wilson
Learn more about our Board & Staff!
Events: The events committee plans and executes all event logistics including everything from race course planning to food to day-of scheduling. The events committee organizes all CHTC events both big and small, including the Bell's Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest, Experience the Keweenaw, and our men's and women's clinics.
Membership & Outreach: The membership and outreach committee seeks to make and maintain connections with community members, volunteers, and donors though the CHTC website, email, newsletter, and social media. The membership and outreach committee’s goal is to increase awareness, fundraising, and promotion for the CHTC and events. Committee members also assist with our Partner Program and attracting industry sponsors to our cause.
Trails & Land Access: The trails and land access committee is responsible for the continued planning and maintenance of the trails including coordinating trail work, land acquisition projects, and signage and mapping. This group brings together community advocates, Board members, and trail builders to determine what our priorities are for the coming years ahead.
If you would like to be a part of the CHTC’s efforts to creating and maintaining a world class outdoor recreation experience please reach out! We thrive because of the incredible passion, support, and commitment of enthusiastic volunteers like you.