Volunteer Training Opportunities!

2021 TRAININGS FROM OURAY TRAIL GROUP

Education is part of our mission.  Ouray Trail Group is offering the following training opportunities for the 2021 work season.  Choose one or all of these great offerings from OTG and our support organizations.  Online registration is open, so read the training descriptions below, and click on the Register Now button to reserve your spot.

Questions?  Please email ouraytrails.training@gmail.com

Chainsaw Training   May 8-9

Clearing downed trees using chainsaws is an essential part of OTG’s volunteer trail maintenance work.  Learn the skills to become a certified chainsaw sawyer!  Students who successfully complete this U.S. Forest Service-approved course will receive Forest Service sawyer certification for limbing and bucking downed trees.  Saturday (9 am to 4 pm with lunch break) will be classroom instruction in the Ouray area, bring lunch and leather work gloves.  Sunday (9 am to 4 pm with lunch break) will be in the field in the Ouray area.  Students will learn and practice field skills and receive instructor evaluation.  Bring weather-appropriate clothing, lunch and water, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy leather shoes, leather work gloves, eye protection, hearing protection, and a hard hat if you have one.  Hard hats will be provided if needed.

Prerequisite: Current Adult First Aid and CPR certification by the American Red Cross or equivalent, please bring your certificate.

Minimum age: 18.

Crosscut Saw Training   May 15-16

Clearing downed trees is an essential part of OTG’s volunteer trail maintenance work, and hand-powered crosscut saws are used in wilderness and backcountry situations.  Learn the skills to become a certified crosscut sawyer!  Students who successfully complete this U.S. Forest Service-approved course will receive Forest Service sawyer certification for limbing and bucking downed trees. 

Saturday (9 am to 4 pm with lunch break) will be classroom instruction in the Ouray area, bring lunch and leather work gloves.  Sunday (9 am to 4 pm with lunch break) will be in the field in the Ouray area.  Students will learn and practice field skills and receive instructor evaluation.  Bring weather-appropriate clothing, lunch and water, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy leather shoes, leather work gloves, eye protection, and a hard hat if you have one.  Hard hats will be provided if needed.

Prerequisite: Current Adult First Aid and CPR certification by the American Red Cross or equivalent, please bring your certificate.

Minimum age: 18.

Trail Crew Leader Training   Online and June 5

Ready to take your volunteer trail work to the leadership level?  OTG needs more volunteers trained to lead 1 and 2-day work trips in the Ouray front country and the wilderness backcountry.  This training consists of two self-paced online modules followed by a 1-day field training.  The online modules, through the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI), require a $35 fee per module ($70 total) paid to OSI.  Students who complete the full training can request reimbursement of the OSI fees from OTG after you lead your first OTG field crew!

Your online courses will include:

Module: Trails Overview

You will work through three online sections covering an overview of how trails are planned and managed for sustainability and the basics of trail construction and maintenance.  The course takes 2-3 hours to complete and includes text and diagrams, recorded lecture content, video examples of topics, and quizzes.

Module: Crew Leadership

You will work through 10 online sessions covering how to safely and efficiently motivate and mange crew members.  Sections include various leadership, teaching, and group management topics, risk and safety, and working with agency protocol.  The course includes text and diagrams, recorded lecture content, video examples of topics, and quizzes.  This course is self-paced and takes 5-6 hours to complete.

After taking the online modules, you complete your training with a full-day field practice on June 5 in the Ouray area to practice skills and learn OTG trail crew practices.  A reference manual and pocket flip-charts will be provided.  Come prepared for trail work: bring weather-appropriate clothing, lunch and water, long pants, sturdy leather shoes, and leather gloves.

Prerequisite:  Adult First Aid-CPR Certification by the American Red Cross or equivalent.

Minimum age: 18.

Trail Maintenance Skills Training   June 19th and 1/2 day on the 20th

For all current and future OTG trail work volunteers!  Learn trail stewardship basics including trail standards and how to recognize and assess trail problems.  Learn and practice techniques for clearing brush and limbs, fixing drainage problems and curbing erosion, removing soil and rock slough, and using stonework to make trails safe and sustainable.  This 1 1/2-day course in the Ouray area is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and features instructors from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Bring weather-appropriate clothes, lunch and water, sturdy leather shoes, leather work gloves, and eye protection.  

This class is full.  You may still register to be placed on a waiting list.

Minimum age requirement: 14 years old.

Adult First Aid and CPR   Online and April 28th

Students need to complete the online class through the American Red Cross in advance before the in-person class meets April 28 with instructor Ruth Stewart. OTG Members who successfully complete the in-person class can submit their email receipt for the online class for reimbursement from OTG. An additional fee of $35 for the in-person class will be collected at the class - this fee is also reimbursed for OTG members who complete the course. 

Sign up for the course both with OTG via the register button and also online through the American Red Cross (fee: $35 which can be reimbursed as above) at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/adult-first-aid%2Fcpr%2Faed-online/a6R0V0000015FV3.html.

OTG follows Covid 19 recommendations for mask use and social distancing.  All trainings and work days are subject to Ouray County Covid 19 safety restrictions.  You will be contacted by OTG if there are schedule changes made after your registration.

Ouray Trail Group Ouray Colorado

PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org | ouray.otg@gmail.com

We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray Ranger District. Copyright 2021 Ouray Trail Group.

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