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lifornia-Nevada Chapter is one of eleven chapters of the Oregon-California Trails Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and enjoyment of all transmigration trails to the west, the trails that made the United States an ocean-to-ocean nation.

California Nevada Trails

It’s Time to Report Your Volunteer Hours!
Like last year, the National Park Service is using the same form as the Partnership for the National Trails System.
Submitting hours to the National Park Service Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program in no way impacts the value of what is submitted annually to PNTS.
Hours reported to the NPS VIP program comes back as funding that is used for projects for the trail associations. It is a direct return to support our yearly projects.
Thank you for assisting in this important aspect of National Historic Trails project funding! Look for a call for VIP project ideas after the new year.

Please return all hours to

National Park Service fiscal year:
  • The fiscal year is October 1 – September 30. For volunteer reporting to the National Park Service this year, begin on October 1, 2015 and end on September 30, 2016.
  • The reporting year for the Partnership for the National Trails System is different; it is the calendar year.
If you are participating in trail business, you are accumulating volunteer hours!
  • Track hours spent on planning, travel, and activity time for attending or providing trail activities such as events, conferences, tours, trail marking, projects,meetings, etc.
  • Record planning, travel and activity expenses not reimbursed, including lodging,  meals, materials, and supplies.
  • Record vehicle miles.
  • If you are a chapter president or committee chair, please include totals for everyone involved in your group.
  • Use the table below to track your volunteer contributions. Tally your totals on the summary line.
    You should be able to enter your data right on the pdf file.  If you can’t, you will need to download it, fill it out, save it, and attach it to an email to the link below.

Please return all hours to

Volunteer Hours

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2015 Convention at Tahoe



Activities for 2016

OCTA Mid-Year Board Meeting and Symposium
St George, Utah
March 18-20

Southern Trails Chapter Symposium
Wilcox , Arizona
April 6-9

Trails West Annual Banquet
Reno, Nevada
April 9

2016 Annual Spring Symposium
Susanville, California
April 29, 30 & May 1

Trail Days – California Trail Interpretive Center
Elko, Nevada
June 4-5

Annual Black Rock Survey
Surveying Trail Segments near Winnemucca, Nevada
Contact Ken Johnston for more information
June 9-12

OCTA Annual Convention
Ft. Hall, Idaho
August 1-5

Tentative 2016 Beckwourth Trail Field Days
March 7-8   Cancelled Due to Weather
April 11-12
May 9-10    Dates Changed to Sunday, May 15th and Monday, May 16th
June 13-14
July 11-12
August 15-16
Sept. 12-13
Oct. 10-11

2016 Johnson’s Cutoff Field Days

March 28-29
April 18-19
May 10
May 22-23-24
June 20-21
July 18-19
August 22-23  Cancelled
September 19-20
October 24-25

E-Mail for more information about activities

The latest issue of Trail Talk can now be found in the
members only pages.

New – Summer 2016 Issue

Contact for the members only password.


Watch a Video of Helicopter Power Pole Installation on the Carson River Route in Carson Canyon
by Pedro Kinner


Watch Frank Tortorich tell the story of Melissa Coray
a film by Mark Russell


Watch Larry Schmidt talk about Mark Twain
a film by Dee Owens


Passport in Time – Carson Emigrant Trail
by Dee Owens