Adopt-A-Trail Program

The City of Watsonville in partnership with Watsonville Wetlands Watch has developed an Adopt-A-Trail Program where volunteers can assist with maintaining, enhancing and monitoring the City of Watsonville trails.

Who can adopt a trail?

Anyone with an interest in trails and the outdoors is welcome to participate. Individuals, families, businesses, community and service organizations, churches, schools and scout troops are all examples of volunteers. Participants under 16 years old, however, must be accompanied by an adult.

Why should you participate?

This program will provide an opportunity for you to be actively involved in conservation and preservation. Helping to maintain and enhance the trails improve the resource for all to enjoy. The effort brings trail and nature enthusiasts closer to the environment and their community. Volunteers will enjoy the time they spend outdoors and personal satisfaction gained through volunteerism.

What do volunteers do?

Adopt-a-trail participants will work to help maintain the trails free of litter. Families,  individuals, and larger groups can get started by contacting our Conservation Outreach team at (831) 515 - 8306. All necessary materials, instruction, and safety guidelines will be provided.

AAT Training Requirements:

  • Volunteers must attend a 15 minute safety training prior to volunteering.

Participation Guidelines

  • Volunteers can choose a trail section to help maintain during each AAT working day or can check in with City staff for updates on other trails that need attention.
  • Volunteers can provide their own tools, but loaner materials will be available for check out (litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests, garbage bags and graffiti removal wipes).
  • Volunteers are also encouraged to participate in Community Restoration Events:
    • World Wetlands Day - February
    • Earth Day - April
    • National Trails Day - June
    • Coastal Clean Up Day - September
    • Make a Difference Day - October


The City thanks and recognizes with gratitude the hard work of volunteers to keep our City beautiful. We so much appreciate your time and dedication.

Trail Sponsorship

We are also soliciting program sponsors for the Adopt-A-Trail giving circle that will help support the Adopt-A-Trail program. Interested persons and businesses should contact us at (831) 515 - 8306.