West Cascades Trail Skills College

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2021 West Cascades Trail Skills College

The West Cascades Trail Skills College is a free week-long event 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.

Trail Skills College is 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.

The 2021 West Cascades Trail Skills College is 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, May 11 – Sunday, May 16.

Where is it?

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

How much does it cost?

Trail Skills College is free of charge.

Are meals and lodging provided?

No. Unlike in years past, the 2021 West Cascades Trail Skills College 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 of Trail Skills College?

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 West Cascades Trail Skills College: 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, May 11:

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

Thursday, May 13:

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

Saturday, May 15:

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

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

Sunday, May 16:

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

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

How do I register?

Registration is required for Trail Skills College courses. Use the links above to register. Participants can only register for and attend one field session per day. Registering for a field session will also automatically register you for the corresponding online training. Volunteers are required to attend the online training before their field session.

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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