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A sampling of the many topics covered by courses and training
offered this year. See details on these opportunities and many
more on the online Training Calendar at

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Trails training opportunities for all interests


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David Bartoo of Delaware State Parks

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Leadership for Trails Training

The Outdoor Stewardship Institute of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado hosts several training events around the state including Crew Leader Instructor Refresher, Crew Chef Training, Ecological Restoration, Crew Leader Training for Trails, Working with Youth, Basic Trails Skills, and Wilderness First Aid & CPR.

JVA Planning Interpretive Trails e-LIVE courses

John Veverka and Associates offers courses on Planning Interpretive Trails taught by professional Certified Interpretive Trainers/Planners with college level degrees in heritage interpretation. These courses are for any individual or organization involved in interpretive planning for self-guiding interpretive trails including: landscape architects, park planners, interpretive planners, recreation specialists, interpretive specialists, andenvironmental education specialists.


Backcountry Horse Skills

Ninemile Wildlands Training Center near Missoula, MT is hosting several workshops on backcountry horse trail and packing skills. Classes include Defensive Horse Safety, Mule and Horse Packing, Horsemanship Techniques, and Back Country Survival Techniques.


Appalachian Trail Skills

A great reason to join one of the chapters of the Appalachian Mountain Club is to take advantage of the training offered in several regions the trail traverses. Courses include Mountain Leadership School, Basic Maintenance Skills, Teen Trails Leadership Crew, Crosscut Saw Certification, and more.


Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilding School

The International Mountain Bicycling Association hosts dozens of three-day Subaru/IMBA Trail Care courses. The interactive learning and hands-on trail work emphasizes “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. In addition to basic trail design and construction, the courses focus on fostering volunteer clubs and partnerships.


Fund Raising and Grant Writing

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University hosts Principles & Techniques of Fundraising online and teaches classroom sessions around the country in Preparing Successful Grant Proposals, Online Fundraising and Social Media, Developing Major Gifts, and Fundraising for Small Nonprofits.


Leave No Trace

Training in the outdoor ethics program includes Master Educator Courses for those who then teach the Trainer Course to people who become Leave No Trace Trainers. Trainers (Master Educators) are then able to conduct Awareness Workshops, which are designed for the general public on Leave No Trace.

Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly! sponsors Train-the-Trainer courses around the country with local hosts. The innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public use a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation. Tread Trainers present the Tread Lightly! message of responsible recreation practices to groups and other educators.

arrow See details on these opportunities and many more on the online Training Calendar at


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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