Sustainable Trail Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

Please be aware that the April session has been canceled, and this class is filling up quickly. This session will be beneficial for anyone that has an interest in or is responsible for managing natural surface multiple-use trails. These basic trail skills will enhance the overall skill set of land managers, volunteer trail crew leaders and members, parks and recreation staff, trip leaders, outdoor recreation entrepreneurs, and ecological/nature-based operators. Cost: $125

Presented by: Rockingham Community College


Event Details

February 17 - 20, 2020

Location: Reidsville, NC

Contact Information

The online registration system can be challenging for first-time registrants. We recommend calling RCC Continuing Education at 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to register directly, or if you experience any registration problems.



Description

During this basic trail training four-day basic session, participants will learn how to design, layout, construct, and maintain sustainable trails. Classroom teaching and experiential learning will be combined to help students understand the fundamentals of sustainable trails.

Participants will begin by discussing the “trail experience” and the characteristics of sustainable trails. They will learn about the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. The session will cover design, construction, and maintenance techniques that minimize the volume and velocity of water on the trail tread. It will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience constructing new trail reroutes and maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.

Students will become familiar with the use of a clinometer to measure trail grade/steepness and sideslopes. Common trailwork hand tools will be utilized for trail construction and maintenance. Trailbuilding tools will be provided for student use. Students should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Students must dress appropriately for trailwork - gloves, safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred). This class is limited to 20 participants.

This session will be beneficial for anyone that has an interest in or is responsible for managing natural surface multiple-use trails. These basic trail skills will enhance the overall skill set of land managers, volunteer trail crew leaders and members, parks and recreation staff, trip leaders, outdoor recreation entrepreneurs, and ecological/nature-based operators. Cost: $125

Certificates and CEUs will be awarded to all participants. You can register online under the RCC Continuing Education/Online Registration tabs on our website (search for the key words "trail" for that series of classes or "outdoor" for others). Once the course title comes up, be sure to click the box beside it in the "Select" column then click "Submit." Once online registration is completed, a registration confirmation should come up on the screen. If not, call us at 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to confirm you are registered.

Future class offerings and more information about the Duke Energy TRAILS program at RCC Sustainable Trail Skills Training Sequence can be found at this link to show how our class offerings "fit" into the bigger picture. Our website and this list of classes will be constantly evolving so make sure and check back often.


A couple of local hotels, Hampton Inn, Eden and Holiday Inn and Suites, Reidsville, are offering a special rate ($84 + tax) for TRAILS program students. You will need to call the hotel directly, and tell them you are with the Rockingham Community College TRAILS program. Please let me know if you have any trouble getting this rate. Cabins and tent camping are available at Camp GuilRock. For additional information, please contact the Camp Director () at 336-342-1951. Camping is also available at Lake Reidsville. Reservations can be made by calling 336-349-4738.

Schedule:

Mon., Feb. 17 – Thurs., Feb. 20 - Sustainable Trail Layout, Construction & Maintenance - 48287

Wed., Mar. 25-Thurs. Mar. 26, 2020 - Sustainable Trail Management, Assessment, Permitting, and Contracting - 48289

Tues., Apr. 7--Thurs., Apr. 9, 2020 - Sustainable Trail Construction with Mechanized Equipment - 48443

Tues. Apr. 14-- Thurs, Apr. 16, 2020 - Basic Rockwork for Trails - 48442

 


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