Training Course Descriptions

Please read the course descriptions below and note the required skill levels for each course prior to signing up. Students must be present for the full duration of each course they attend. Click here to view course-related fees.

VOC Crew Leader Training: This training is exclusively for those interested in crew leading volunteers on VOC projects and and uses the OSI Crew Leadership for Trails Curriculum. In addition to learning the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management for the construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, participants will gain an understanding of how VOC projects function and the role in which a VOC crew leader plays. Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role playing, you'll learn leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a crew leader manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a fun and rewarding experience. This training is best for individuals that have had experience working on volunteer outdoor stewardship projects. It is intended for volunteers interested in becoming a VOC crew leader, and prior participation in at least one VOC project is recommended. 

Outdoor Stewardship Institute Crew Leadership for Trails:Through classroom sessions, field exercises and role playing, you'll learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive a crew leader manual, a set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful and fun experience. All training topics are directly applicable to any nonprofit, agency, trail maintenance, or construction project! This workshop is ideal for those who have prior crew leadership or trail project experience. 

Outdoor Stewardship Institute Instructor Training: Kickstart your outdoor career! Learn to teach participants the Outdoor Stewardship Training (OSI) curriculum and lesson plans to be able to successfully lead the Crew Leadership for Trails course. All trainees will receive an instructor manual, copies of the Recommended Trail Terminology for Colorado, and other teaching tools. This workshop is recommended for individuals who have previously completed an OSI Crew Leadership for Trails workshop or who have siginificant experience in volunteer leadership and land stewardship. Participants must be crew leaders with VOC, an equivalent agency, or have significant field experience.

VOC Crew Chef Webinar Training: This introductory crew chef training - for new AND current VOC volunteers - is designed for people interested in cooking for volunteers in some of Colorado's most spectacular places. Learn the basics of project kitchen support; including proper meal planning, safe food prep, camp setup, cleanup and zero waste, and many other topics related to outdoor cooking management - all from the comfort of your home or office. As the old adage goes, behind every hardworking volunteer is a hardworking cook! Prior to the training date, you will receive an email with a link and instructions for how to access the webinar. And remember: two cooks are often better than one, so bring a friend!

Introduction to Trail Design: Learn how to plan and design a sustainable trail. This two-day, introductory course is for individuals who are interested in learning successful tools and techniques for the assessment, planning, design, and implementation of multiple-use trails, according to sustainability criteria. The training will be taught using a variety of classroom lecture and discussion, field exercises and demonstrations, and group activities. Th is designed for individuals who have had previous trail experience and are familiar with the basic principles of trail design and construction. 

Ecological Restoration Skills & Leadership Training: Using the OSI Crew Leadership for Ecological Restoration Curriculum, this exciting two-day workshop will cover the fundamentals of ecological restoration and crew leadership. Participants will learn about basic planting, seeding and erosion control, in addition to leadership techniques, tool and crew safety. All trainees will receive a crew leader guide and other goodies that will make for a successful and rewarding training experience. Workshop topics are directly applicable to any nonprofit or agency restoration project! This training is best for individuals who have some restoration and or crew leadership experience.

Independent Stewardship for Trails: This one day course teaches volunteers the basics needed to perform basic trail maintenance independently or in small groups, and is intended for those involved in or managing trail adoption or similar programs.  When the course concludes, trainees will know how to identify and perform basic trail corridor, trail tread and drainage structure maintenance, as well as how to recognize and report on other more complex maintenance needs that are beyond the intended scope of this training. Trainees will also be taught basic safety and risk assessment, along with how to appropriately work with and represent volunteer organizations and land management agencies.

Volunteer Project Management Webinar Series: In this four-session webinar series (four, one-hour sessions), trainees will learn the basic steps to develop and manage a successful, volunteer-based outdoor stewardship project. Topics will include selecting and developing the right type of project to attract volunteers, and steps for running an effective and rewarding project from beginning to end.

Working with Youth in Outdoor Stewardship Webinar Training: This webinar will provide participants with skills and tools that actively engage youth in the outdoors. Learn about team building, developmental stages, comfort zones, appropriate outdoor stewardship activities, motivating youth, and more. Come prepared to have fun and learn new games and icebreakers to fill your "toolbox." 

Adult CPR & First Aid Training: What's more important than being able to provide life-saving care in cardiac, breathing, and First Aid? Such skills are easy to learn and using them can have an incredible impact! This course covers Adult CPR, AED, and First Aid for a universally applicable certification. Signs and symptoms of common injuries and illnesses are shown in sample scenarios and accompanied by the recommended steps to aid the patient while emergency medical services are en route.  

Adult CPR & First Aid Training Recertification: Is your First Aid and CPR up-to-date? This course is intended for individuals who have received their certification in CPR and First Aid within the last year and need to recertify. The hands-on training involved will ensure you maintain the knowledge and refine the skills you learned previously. 

Crosscut Saw Skills Training and Certification Workshop: This course will cover crosscut techniques, procedures, and best practices for clearing trail safely and effectively in challenging situations. It will also cover basic tool care and maintenance. Certification will be a recommendation that must be approved by each local agency or land manager where work with saws is performed. We hope to get everyone evaluated and certified, but this will depend on the number of participants as well as the amount of qualified certifiers available to help. We may arrange for a a second certification session if we can't get everyone certified initially. All participants must have a valid basic first aid for the certification or recommendation to be given. 

Rock Skills Workshop: Are you ready to move beyond simply riding and hiking your local trails and want to learn to build them? This course includes plenty of expert training and hands-on experience in skills applicable to step and rock wall construction, as well as switchback reinforcement.

Comprehensive and other Skills Workshops: Each year, the Outdoor Stewardship Institute calendar includes a variety of additional stewardship skills workshops. These may include, but are not limited to, basic trail maintenance, drainage structures, bridge building, timber steps, post-fire restoration, and comprehensive courses that offer the opportunity to learn multiple skills. Most courses are one- or two-day field-based opportunities.

Custom Trainings: Don’t quite see what you’re looking for? We can customize our curriculum to better suit your specific needs. Contact Dan Williams at 303-715-1010, ext. 117 or dan@voc.org to find out more.