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Volunteer Training Opportunities!


Education is part of our mission, and so is ensuring safety and improving trail skills for our volunteers.  Ouray Trail Group will offer the following training opportunities for the 2024 work season.  Choose one or all of these great offerings from OTG and our support organizations.  Online registration has opened for some of our courses, so read the training descriptions below, and click on the appropriate form to reserve your spot.

Questions?  Please email Ames at

American Red Cross Basic First Aid, CPR: Online and May 11

For OTG Volunteers and/or Trail Crew Leaders with First Aid certifications that expire in 2024, OTG is requesting you complete an online renewal process plus a hands-on refresher session on May 11th. Please email for more information.

Click the links below for additional First Aid training or recertification opportunities:

Montrose Rec District on April 12th:

Montrose Regional Health on April 10th and May 15th:

Chainsaw and Crosscut Saw Training: May 18-19

Clearing downed trees using chainsaws is an essential part of OTG’s volunteer trail maintenance work. The use of hand-powered crosscut saws is required in Wilderness situations and desirable in some backcountry situations. Learn the skills to become a certified chainsaw and crosscut sawyer!  Participants who complete this U.S. Forest Service-approved course will receive Forest Service sawyer certification for limbing and bucking downed trees which is required to operate a saw with Ouray Trail Group.   

A 2-day course will be held May 18 and 19. The first day will be classroom training indoors and the second day will be out in the field. This course is geared toward those wishing to become certified or for those who need recertification and are at the "A" level.

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:  June 8-9

Do you have some experience maintaining trails and wish to take your stewardship work to the next level?  OTG needs more Trail Crew Leaders!  In partnership with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), we are offering a Trail Crew Leadership training course at Ridgway State Park on June 8th and 9th. The course will include a combination of classroom time, fieldwork, and online components.  Please register using the link below:

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

Minimum age: 18.

Trail Maintenance Skills Training:  June 1 (afternoon of Community Work Day)

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, curbing erosion, and removing soil and rock slough to make trails safe and sustainable. Your registration below will help us plan for tools.

Prerequisite: OTG Membership

Minimum Age: None