Big Bend Trail Skills College

Volunteers learn basic saw crew skills at the 2018 Big Bend Trail Skills College.

2019 Big Bend Trail Skills College

You’re invited! The Big Bend Trail Skills College is a free weekend event to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Drainage Design & Drain Dips, Basic Saw Crew Training, and Cooking and Camping with the Crew.

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 2019 Big Bend Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Parks, and Osprey.

When is it?

June 7-9, 2019

Where is it?

Hyatt Lake

Are meals and lodging provided?

Free tent, car, and RV camping (without hookups) is available to all participants on Friday and Saturday nights. 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?

Friday, June 7

103 Basic Saw Crew Training

Saturday, June 8

101 Brushing & Scouting

201 Drainage Design & Drain Dips

204 Cooking and Camping with the Crew

Crosscut and Chainsaw Certification – Day 1

Sunday, April 14

102 Tread & Drainage

203 Waterbars & Checks

Crosscut and Chainsaw Certification – Day 2

How do I register?

Online registration will open soon. Check back for more details.

Can’t wait?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. Most crews do not 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 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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