Big Bend Trail Skills College

Clearing logs and having fun at the 2019 Big Bend Trail Skills College. Photo by Mick Mc Bride.

2020 Big Bend Trail Skills College

You’re invited! The Big Bend Trail Skills College is a free weekend event for volunteers 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 more.

Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire 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 2020 Big Bend Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Osprey.

When is it?

July 31-August 2, 2020

Where is it?

Hyatt Lake near Ashland, Oregon

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?

The course offerings are currently being finalized. Stay tuned for more details!

How do I register?

Online registration will open on this website on Friday, May 8.

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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