OSI Intro to Trail Design at Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab

This training will take place at the Mt. Evans Outdoor Education Laboratory School near Evergreen, 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.

In this two-day training, you’ll learn how to plan and design a sustainable trail in a small group of less than 15 people. Through a mix of classroom lecture and discussion, field exercises, demonstrations, and group activities, you’ll walk away with an understanding of the tools and techniques needed to effectively assess, plan, design, and implement multi-use trails according to sustainability criteria.

A sustainable trail starts with a sustainable trail design. Starting with sustainably-built trails saves time, money, and both human and natural resources; by taking this Introduction to Trail Design course, you’ll develop a foundation for continuing your trail-building education and creating or rerouting trails that protect the natural environment.

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 www.voc.org/osi or call 303-715-1010.