Traits, Tips, and Techniques for Being a Better Trail Crew Leader

Learn how to be a better trail crew leader and pick up some new tools and fresh perspectives to add to your crew leader toolbox.

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August 18, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Fundamental to the effective completion of a trail project is quality leadership. In this webinar we will highlight leadership characteristics and your role in the context of a trail project. Preparation and planning are essential characteristics of successful crew leaders, considerations for what you can do before, during and after a project will be discussed. We will explore what a typical “Day in the Life” of a trail crew leader might look like covering topics like group dynamics, tool management and delegating tasks. If you are a new trail crew leader you will certainly pick up some new tools to add to your crew leader toolbox. Experienced veteran crew leaders will be provided with a fresh perspective on the value of what they are doing and why.

Learning Objectives:

  • Teaching and management characteristics for a crew leader
  • Apply “Tuckman’s Model of Group Dynamics” as it relates to a trail crew
  • Tasks to complete in advance of a project
  • Tool management and worksite safety


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

Webinar PowerPoint Presentation

Trail Skill Training Document Downloads

  • Colorado Trail Foundation Crew Leader Handbook
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona Crew Leader Manual
  • Pacific Crest Train Assn. Crew Leadership: Managing Volunteers
  • SCA Leader Teams Handbook
  • Appalachian Mountain Club 2022 Outdoor Leader Handbook
  • North Country Trail Crew Leader Handbook
  • Ozark Trail Association Crew Leader Training Manual

US Forest Service Standard Trail Plans and Specifications

Training Videos

Additional Resources


Webinar Partners


Kim Frederick, Owner, Chinook Associates LLC
Golden, Colorado

Kim Frederick created Chinook Associates LLC in 1990. It is a consulting company established to provide all aspects of recreational trail system management, working closely with government, community and volunteer leaders. Included among Chinook’s many successes are: Creation and delivery of trail development, design and management workshops throughout the United States, Italy, Lebanon and Mexico, trail master plan development, construction management and the analysis of existing trail systems and creation of management plans to implement corrective measures, .

Kim is a talented and accomplished Trails Program Manager with over 40 years of experience in developing partnerships, teaching, directing staff, and managing projects. As the Trails Services Supervisor for Jefferson County Open Space (Colorado) he managed a professional staff, youth corps, and volunteers in the development and management of over 250 miles of trail. This multi-use trail system connects urban areas with foothills parks and experiences over 7 million visitors annually.

The Mission of the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (COTI) was to provide conservation leadership and land stewardship skills training to agencies and organizations. As a founding member and Board Chairperson for COTI, Kim provided the leadership for the successful partnership of over 40 Federal, State, and local agencies, and other groups. This partnership has resulted in well-trained crew leaders and individuals, who maintained high quality standards, were extremely productive, increased their effectiveness as employees, and provided an excellent volunteer experience.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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