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Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado offers trails training

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Young volunteers on a Volunteers for Outdoor
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Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating and enabling citizens to be active stewards of Colorado's public lands. Since 1984 we have mobilized over 40,000 volunteers to work on outdoor projects in partnership with land management agencies and nonprofit groups. In these years we have completed 185 projects on public lands with an estimated value exceeding $9 million.

Several courses in trail building, maintenance, volunteer management and crew leadership are offered each year through the Outdoor Stewardship Institute.

 

2014 Training Opportunities include:

 

OSI Instructor Training April 4-5, 2014

Become an instructor for VOC's Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI). OSI's standardized instructor training program is a workshop that teaches participants how to use the OSI curriculum and lesson plans to lead the OSI Crew Leadership for Trails workshop. All trainees will receive an instructor manual, copies of the Recommended Trail Terminology for Colorado, and other teaching tools. This workshop is recommended for individuals who have previously completed an OSI Crew Leadership for Trails workshop or are an experienced volunteers with significant leadership, land stewardship and teaching experience. You will need to sign up for both the Friday evening and all day Saturday sessions. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Durango Crew Leadership for Trails April 25-27, 2014

This two-day training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a Crew Leader manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful crew leadership experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency trail maintenance or construction project! This workshop is best for individuals who have had experience working on trail projects or previous crew leadership experiences. 

For more info or to register Click Here

 

Crosscut Training May 2-4, 2014

The focus of the training will be on sawing safety, basic bucking and limbing, felling principles and techniques, an overview of the tools of the trade (crosscuts, axes, plumb-bobs, wedges, etc.), tool care and maintenance, hazard analysis andsituational awareness, and did we mention safety (lots on sawing safety). 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Elements of Trail Design and Rock Skills May 10-11, 2014

The Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) will present an exciting training program for entry level trail design and rock work skills. Participants will be introduced to fundamental concepts for both skills in a classroom setting on the evening of the 16th. Individuals will then apply these concepts to the 2 day field portion of the training. The field work will take place at the new Stoner Quarry trail system. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Post Fire Restoration Skills Training May 10, 2014

Due to recent large scale wildfires the demand for skilled post fire restoration volunteers has increased dramatically. Join the Outdoor Stewardship Institute, Coalition for the Upper South Platte and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute for our premier post fire restoration skills training. These 3 partners will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to what promises to be a terrific experience. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Crew Chef Webinar Training May 13, 2014

Be the energy behind outdoor stewardship! Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is hosting an introductory crew chef training for people interested in cooking for volunteers in some of the most spectacular places in Colorado. This training is for new AND current crew leaders. This will be VOCs first training via webinar and will cover safe food handling and preparation practices; how to manage a team of volunteer crew chefs; how to plan simple menus for large and small groups; and how to manage the budget and donated items. Crew cheffing is a great opportunity to meet other people that love to cook in the outdoors and to share your favorite campsite recipes. As the old adage goes, behind every hardworking volunteer is a hardworking cook! Close to the training date you will receive an email with a link and instructions for how to access the webinar. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

MTDC Chainsaw Training and Certification Workshop for Volunteers May 16-18, 2014

The focus of the training will be on sawing safety, basic bucking, limbing, and felling principles and techniques, overview of the tools of the trade, tool care and maintenance, hazard analysis and situational awareness, and did we mention safety (lots on sawing safety). 

For More information or to register Click Here

 

Salida Crew Leadership for Trails Training May 17-18, 2014

This two-day training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a Crew Leader manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful crew leadership experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency trail maintenance or construction project! This workshop is best for individuals who have had experience working on trail projects or previous crew leadership experiences. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Roxborough Crew Leadership for Trails Training May 17-18, 2014

This 16 hour training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role-playing you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a Crew Leader manual , a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful crew leadership experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any non-profit or agency trail maintenance or construction project! This workshop is best for individuals who have had experience working on trail projects or previous crew leadership experiences. Both training sessions are required. Both training dates will take place at Roxborough State Park. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Wigwam Drainage Structure Maintenance and Installation Skills Training June 6, 2014

The erosive force of water is usually the most destructive element acting upon a trail. Diverting surface water off the trail is part of an effective maintenance program. Learn how to construct and maintain various types of drainage structures using rock and natural surface materials.

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Crosscut Saw Skills Training and Certification Workshop June 20-22, 2014

Certification will basically be a recommendation that must be approved by each local agency or land manager where work with saws will be performed. In Forest Service language, we will be focusing on training and certifying sawyers at the "A" and "B" Sawyer level for bucking, and limbing activities. Felling techniques will be covered in the classroom session, but because the emphasis is on clearing trails, felling with a crosscut will be limited. Those that demonstrate the ability to safely and confidently handle intermediate sawing situations utilizing approved Forest Service procedures may be certified at the "B Sawyer" level. We will cover just what "A Sawyer" and "B Sawyer" levels are at the training. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

Genesee Basic Trail Construction Skills Training June 21, 2014

A firm grasp of basic trail construction is the gateway in understanding more technical trail concepts such as trail design, drainage structures and trail closure. OSI instructors will walk registrants through our 6 step method of building new trail. More importantly our instructors will breakdown how each step aids in the overall sustainability of the trail being constructed. 

For more information or to register Click Here

 

For more on Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado training visit www.voc.org/

 


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This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.

 

 

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