American Trails Launches Free Foundations of Sustainable Trails e-Course Series

This new five-part series of online micro-learning courses is intended to provide those new to the trails workforce with a baseline understanding of terminology and concepts that give them a solid foundation to support future trails education and ongoing professional development.

by American Trails Staff

 

American Trails is proud to announce the newly launched Foundations of Sustainable Trails, A Trail From Start to Finish online training, developed and hosted in partnership with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and the U.S. Forest Service. This new five-part series of online micro-learning courses is intended to provide those new to the trails workforce with a baseline understanding of terminology and concepts that give them a solid foundation to support future trails education and ongoing professional development. These short self-directed courses are perfect for new crew members, volunteers, and students heading into in-person programs in trail planning, design, maintenance, construction, and management. The course curriculum focuses on core trail concepts, emphasizing what it means for a trail to be sustainable. The introductory course describes the lifecycle of sustainable trails, and four self-assessed mini courses cover the basics of trail hydrology, structures, tools, and tread & alignment.

Find out more about the Foundations of Sustainable Trails online training on the American Trails website. Click the links to go to the ProValens website to register for the free courses. CEUs are available for a nominal fee. Visit the Career Pathways Portal on the American Trails website to find these courses and more!

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More about this partnership:

American Trails has partnered with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, the Professional TrailBuilders Association, the U.S. Forest Service and many other agencies and universities over the past three years, to support the creation of a community of practice and consistent educational standards for trail workforce development. The Trail Competency Framework was the product of our first collaboration, and is the foundation of the Trail Skills Project website (www.trailskills.org).

Please contact American Trails with any questions at: [email protected]

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