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Big Bend Trail Skills College

Volunteer students and instructors at the 2017 Big Bend Trail Skills College. PCTA Photo.

Big Bend Trail Skills College

You’re invited! The Big Bend Trail Skills College is a free weekend event for local volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Brushing & ScoutingWaterbars & Checkscrosscut saw training, and more.

Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire citizen stewardship of trails. In exchange for attending the training, we encourage you to volunteer at least 16 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year.

The 2018 Big Bend Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the Bureau of Land ManagementU.S. Forest ServiceBackcountry Horsemen of Oregon, and Oregon State Parks.

When is it?

June 8-10, 2018

Where is it?

Hyatt Lake (near Ashland, Oregon)

Are meals and lodging provided?

Free camping is available to all participants on Friday and Saturday. Meals will be provided at no cost starting with breakfast on Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday.

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level 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 6-8 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

What classes are being offered?

Students can choose from the following courses:

How do I register for Trail Skills College?

Click here to register for course #’s 103, 101, 102, 201 and 203.

Click here to register for crosscut saw training and certification.

Register early – classes fill quickly. Registration closes on May 21.

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 the online project schedule, PCTA’s Southern Oregon Rockers or PCTA’s NorCal Trail Crew on Facebook to find PCT maintenance projects in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

If you have questions about Trail Skills College, contact the Volunteer Programs Coordinator at 916-285-1838 or [email protected].


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Photo by: Henrik Frederiksen