Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI)

VOC's Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) provides outdoor stewardship training to volunteers, land management agencies, and stewardship organizations in Colorado and across the country. 

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. Our trainings take place March - October and include topics such as:

  • Volunteer leadership/crew leading
  • Trail design, construction, and maintenance skills
  • Ecological, habitat and fire restoration
  • Volunteer project management
  • Working with youth
  • CPR/first aid
  • Crosscut saw skills training and certification

Click here to view our full list of course descriptions. You may also request a custom training for your organization's employees or volunteers or purchase OSI training materials here.

Thanks to a partnership with Colorado Mountain College, training courses including Crew Leadership for Trails and Independent Stewardship for Trails now include online components to make it easier and faster for volunteers, students, and professionals to obtain the skills necessary to effectively care for Colorado's natural resources.

VOC will be working with Colorado Mountain College to add additional online content throughout 2019 and beyond. If you're interested in learning more about our online training options and how you can utilize them in your program, contact Dan Williams.

Looking for further guidance on starting or enhancing your own outdoor stewardship programs? Check out VOC's Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit at www.SteppingUpStewardship.org.

Ready to get started? Browse our training calendar.