Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI)

VOC's Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) provides outdoor stewardship training to volunteers, land management agencies, and stewardship organizations 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, building, maintenance, and restoration skills
  • Ecological, habitat and fire restoration
  • Volunteer project management
  • Working with youth
  • CPR/first aid
  • Crosscut saw skills training and certification
  • Drainage structure maintenance and installation
  • Rock skills

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

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.