Allingham Trail Skills College

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In place of the traditional Allingham Trail Skills College, in 2021 the PCTA and Deschutes National Forest will host a series of small trail skills trainings for volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and seasoned trail workers alike can benefit from the foundational courses being offered: Intro to Trail Maintenance and Intro to Trail Scouting.

These Central Oregon trail skills trainings are offered free of charge in an effort to inspire stewardship of trails. In exchange for attending a training session, we encourage you to volunteer at least 8 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year.

These trainings are possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Cascade Volunteers and the PCTA’s Mid-Oregon Volunteers.

When is it?

Online trainings and corresponding field sessions will take place Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, June 17.

Where is it?

Online trainings will be held on Zoom. Corresponding field sessions will take place on the PCT in the Deschutes National Forest. Details for each field session location will be available after registration.

How much does it cost?

Trail skills trainings are free of charge.

Are meals and lodging provided?

No. Unlike in years past, the 2021 Central Oregon trainings will not have a central basecamp, meals or lodging.

Volunteers will join online sessions from their personal devices. Field sessions will be single-day events, typically from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

What’s the fitness level?

The fitness level of the field sessions will vary depending on the classes you select during registration. However, all participants should be prepared to hike a minimum of 1-2 miles while carrying personal gear and tools. Participants should also be prepared for the hands-on learning opportunities in many of these classes, resulting in 6 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

What classes are being offered?

Two classes are being offered at the 2021 Central Oregon Trail Skills Trainings: Intro to Trail Maintenance and Intro to Trail Scouting.

Each class has an online and field component. Volunteers are required to attend the online training before the field session.

Each field session will follow enhanced Covid-19 safety protocols.

Tuesday, June 8:

Online training for Intro to Trail Scouting, 5:30 PM

Thursday, June 10:

Online training for Intro to Trail Maintenance, 5:30 PM

Saturday, June 12:

Field sessions for Intro to Trail Scouting, 9:00 AM

  • Three Intro to Trail Scouting sessions are being offered on June 12, all in the greater Bend area. Each session is a full day. The only difference is the volunteer leader/instructor. Participants should only register for one field session per day.

Sunday, June 13:

Field sessions for Intro to Trail Maintenance, 9:00 AM

  • Six Intro to Trail Maintenance sessions are being offered on June 13, all in the greater Bend area. Each session is a full day. The only difference is the volunteer leader/instructor. Participants should only register for one field session per day.

Tuesday, June 15:

Field sessions for Intro to Trail Maintenance, 9:00 AM

Thursday, June 17:

Field session for Intro to Trail Scouting, 9:00 AM

How do I register?

Registration closed.

Can’t wait?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. Most crews don’t require any previous trail maintenance experience. Knowledgeable and experienced crew leaders are on site to teach you the necessary skills.  Visit PCTA’s online schedule to find trail projects near you.

If you have questions about Trail Skills College, contact PCTA’s Volunteer Program at 916-285-1838 or [email protected].

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