North Cascades Trail Skills College

Volunteers learning and enjoying new trail skills – and tools! – in the North Cascades. Photo by Loren Schmidt.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

The 2019 North Cascades Trail Skills College was made possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Osprey and the PCTA’s North 350 Blades volunteers. These sponsors and partners welcomed more than 50 volunteers to play in the dirt and learn new skills on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee national forests.

Thank you to the volunteer instructors, partners, committee, cooks, and staff for coming together to host this training, and thank you to the Pacific Northwest volunteer community for coming out to learn these skills. See some of your photos here!

Remember, 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. Visit the online volunteer schedule to learn more.

Can’t wait for next year?

Details for 2020 Trail Skills Colleges will be available in spring 2020.

But 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 and North 350 Blades Facebook to find PCT projects near you.

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


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