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Shawnee National Forest - Shawnee Volunteer Corps program


The Shawnee Volunteer Corps is a program within the agency that offers comprehensive volunteer opportunities to local, regional, and national volunteers. Shawnee National Forest is part of the National Forest system and is located in southern Illinois.

Contact: Kelly Pearson, Volunteer Coordinator, Shawnee National Forest -

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Types of training, courses, or workshops you offer: Volunteer workdays/weekends; alternative spring break opportunities for college, high school, and middle school children; adopt-a-trail/trailhead program; internships; Master Trail Steward trails training course offered through Shawnee Community College; volunteer vacations; youth service opportunities; trail building clinics.


Master Trail Steward Trails Training Course

Training Location: Shawnee National Forest

The Master Trail Steward course is a comprehensive course comprised of the many facets needed to become a volunteer trail project leader or to improve skills as a land manager/volunteer coordinator. It includes on the ground instruction, classroom work, and self-taught independent assignments. The range of topics included in the curriculum include the history of the Forest Service, principles of trail stewardship, basic trail maintenance and construction, trail feature construction, preparation techniques necessary for leading a group of volunteers, tool rehabilitation, teambuilding, working with packstock, backcountry living skills, and environmental education. The course is offered to volunteers, yet is also available for the trail/land manager who desires additional skills for their occupation. A certificate from Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois will be awarded upon completion. This is taught as a standard course AND can also be customized to suit the needs of specific sponsors.


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The National Trails Training Partnership

American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 • (530) 605-4395 • Fax: (530) 547-2035 •

The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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