Volunteer Training


Want to increase your skill set? We offer training sessions and workshops to volunteers each year.

Sawyer Training Laurie Potteiger Chainsaw

Each year, we partner with Trail clubs and government agencies to conduct workshops for current and new volunteers. Workshops cover basic maintenance, sawyer certification, rock work, winch skills, wilderness first aid, environmental monitoring and more.

The workshops generally are open to any participant. Some have age requirements, and all require preregistration. Registration deadlines are generally one week prior to the workshop, unless otherwise noted. There are no fees unless indicated. Most workshops require wearing work clothes (you'll probably get dirty), and you should also bring work gloves and sturdy boots. You'll need to bring a lunch to most of the workshops. If your club needs additional training, we encourage you to contact one of our regional offices. We appreciate all your hard work in maintaining the A.T.!

We also provide a sawyer certification program for ​A.T. volunteers. Certification is required for anyone using a chain saw or crosscut-saw on the Trail. Click here for FAQs and more information on the sawyer program. 

upcoming training sessions and workshops

Click an event within the calendar for more details about the corresponding training or workshop.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Warren, NH

  • Dates: 21 – 25 May, 2018
  • Location: Warren, NH, USA
  • Address: Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
  • Contact: Marian Orlousky
  • Email: [email protected]
  • How to find us: For more information about this course and costs, please contact Marian Orlousky, ATC's Leave No Trace Coordinator (details below)
  • Phone: 717-258-5771

This five-day course will take place on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire, beginning with a day of lessons and an overnight at the newly rebuilt, and much beloved, Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. The course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. Through classroom discussions, lectures and a four-day backpacking trip, this course will cover the seven Leave No Trace principles and discuss wildland ethics, as well as give the participants the tools and techniques needed for disseminating these low-impact skills to other users of backcountry lands. Click here for the full course information: ATC_ME_Course Info_ May 21-25_2018

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