VOC Crew Leader Training at Mt. Evans Outdoor Laboratory


Trip Details

Where It Was:
This course includes a self-paced, online portion that must be completed prior to attending the in-person training at the Mt. Evans Outdoor Education Laboratory School near Evergreen, which is situated on a historic property originally known as Dodge Ranch. It serves as one of two locations for Jefferson County’s hands-on Outdoor Lab Schools, where sixth-grade students live at the ranch for a week and study the area’s history, ecology, wildlife, geology, and astronomy. 
What We Did:
In this two-day workshop, you will join a small class to receive hands-on training in effective crew leadership as well as the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, including tool use and safety. You will also receive a Crew Leader Manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials to take home and refer to on the trail. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy delicious delights on Saturday from the trainees in our concurrent Backcountry Crew Chef Training!
Please note this training includes a self-paced, online component prior to the workshop in order to maximize efficiency and on-the-ground coursework; the online course is provided in partnership with Colorado Mountain College. 
Why It Matters:
VOC Crew Leaders are the backbone of VOC projects. They educate new volunteers, lead crews in putting stewardship project plans into action, convey VOC’s mission to the community, and help ensure volunteers have a fun, safe, and rewarding experience! By pursuing a Crew Leader rank with VOC, you will expand our ability to perform high-quality stewardship work throughout Colorado.
About Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI)
Originally created in collaboration with other organizations, OSI offers affordable, in-depth training courses for volunteers and employees from any organization to learn or improve their stewardship skills and prepare for a variety of leadership roles. Approximately 300 people each year receive OSI training in topics such as volunteer crew leadership; trail design, construction, and maintenance; ecological, habitat, and fire restoration; crosscut saw skills and more. OSI is a program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), the state’s oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. For more information, visit or call 303-715-1010.