Trail Skills Institute SessionsAre you interested in learning more about properly monitoring, maintaining and constructing trails? Are you a steward of the Arizona Trail or are you interested in helping out with trail projects? Do you like to get your hands dirty while learning valuable skills at the same time? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then make your reservations today for the upcoming trail trainings!
This collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) and American Conservation Experience (ACE) will teach valuable skills to volunteers, including those who have been involved in trail projects for many years. Drawing upon thousands of hours on the trail and in the classroom, including some of the most daunting trail projects you can imagine, ACE staff will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles. Each training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential learning. While there will be talks and demonstrations, the instructors have found that classroom time is never as valuable as time on the trail and a PowerPoint is no replacement for a pick mattock. Each training session is designed to benefit veteran trail dogs and first-timers alike. This is accomplished through various modules presented within the trainings:
Module 1: Seeing the Trail
Module 3: Stone Maintenance Structures
Module 4: Re-route Design and Trail Layout
Other important elements integrated into the trainings include event planning; tool maintenance; leadership, inspiration and motivation; limbing and bucking using wilderness tools; and "The User Experience: How trail workers can add or detract from the experience."
Registration for the one-day trainings is only $50 per person and includes professional instruction, a Trail Assessment Handbook, and lots of fun!
Registration for the two-day trainings is $125 per person and includes professional instruction, a Trail Assessment Handbook, four meals, and lots of fun!
Current Arizona Trail Association Stewards receive $25 discount off registration.
Scholarships are available. Contact for more information.
Space is limited so please register today.