Adopt a Highway

Lady ADK46er bagging trash along the highway - Adopt a Highway.
Lady ADK46er bagging trash along the highway – Adopt a Highway.

New this year, the 46er Adopt-a-Highway program has agreed to adopt another 2 mile stretch along Route 73. This newly adopted section covers from the turnoff of Route 9N, going past the Marcy Airfield, and leading into the town of Keene Valley.

This year the program will also try out a new schedule for cleanup events. Several volunteers come from out of the area and stay locally, so we will be doing back to back days. This will give those who desire a chance to do multiple days of volunteering with less driving. The new schedule will take a July/August break to avoid the busiest and hottest time of year, but also eliminate April and November cleanups when snow is a strong possibility.

This year we have reserved lean-tos at the Adirondack Loj for up to 10 volunteers on the first scheduled nights of pick up; May 13th,  June 10th, September 11th, and October 9th. Preference will be given to those who are signing up for both dates on a first-come, first-serve basis until we reach capacity. Please let Lee know if you wish to use one of these lean-tos when you sign up.

Meanwhile, we want to say thank you to all of our volunteers for giving back and making this program a success!

Are you willing to help us?

For more information or to get onto our volunteer list, email Lee at

2024 Adopt a Highway Dates

  • May 13th, Monday
  • May 14th, Tuesday
  • June 10th, Monday
  • June 11th, Tuesday
  • September 11th, Wednesday
  • September 12th, Thursday
  • October 9th, Wednesday
  • October 10th, Thursday

Keeping safety in mind, the Adirondack 46ers have purchased 2 reflective safety highway signs, one for each end of the adopted section we are working on. These signs will help keep us all safer to help alert oncoming drivers that a litter crew is ahead. Hard hats, safety vests, orange garbage bags and litter grabber tools are all supplied.

We will have a supply of nitrile examination gloves; however most people decide to bring their own work gloves. Another safety related item: you are required to wear long pants, no shorts. We would really hate to have to inform a volunteer that they could not participate because they showed up wearing shorts. Also, while the NYSDOT recommends leather shoes or boots rather than sneakers, please make sure that whatever footwear you have is closed toe with your heel covered.

Sexual Harassment Training & Policy

Please take note that in 2020, the 46er Executive Board of Directors adopted a new Code of Conduct and Sexual Harassment policy. ALL volunteers will now be required to take the approved sexual harassment online training AND sign the 46er Code of Conduct and Sexual Harassment policy annually*** PRIOR to participating in any volunteer activities.

If you are considering volunteering, please allow yourself enough time to complete the training, which takes approximately 45-50 minutes, so that information can be submitted and entered into our database for reference at each event. Training certificates and signed policies will not be accepted by leaders at events. The Executive Board approved that you will earn 1 hour toward your Volunteer Service Award (VSA) for completing the online training once both your certificate of training completion and signed policy is submitted. Screenshots of training certificates AND signed policies must be sent to Volunteer Coordinators AND emailed directly to our database coordinator at

The link to the approved online training and policy can be found here: We have adopted this policy to protect not only our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, but also the organization that we love. We appreciate your efforts to give back to the mountains.

Our Adopt-a-Highway mission is to leave the sides of the road looking beautiful! Will you lend us a hand?

ADK46ers Adopt a Highway - full trash bag along the guardrail
ADK46ers Adopt a Highway - full trash bag along the guardrail
ADK46ers Adopt a Highway litter crew ahead sign
Two ADK46ers participating in an Adopt a Highway cleanup