Volunteer Training


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


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.

Volunteer Leadership Meeting

  • Dates: 10 – 12 Aug, 2018
  • Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States
  • Address: 698 Conservation Way
  • Contact: Leanna Joyner
  • Email: [email protected]

A.T. Club leaders and emerging leaders are extended a special training invitation to attend the A.T. Volunteer Leadership Meeting. The primary outcomes from this weekend training session are to build a common understanding of the distinct partners, their roles and responsibilities within the A.T. Cooperative Management System. Sessions are designed to build community and capacity through training, tools, resources and practice for volunteer leadership excellence.

Between the 31 trail maintaining clubs and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to the National Parks Service and the US Forest Service, a lot goes into managing a “simple footpath” such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and this workshop helps makes sense of the nuances of the broad network of partners working together for the benefit of the A.T. The Volunteer Leadership Meeting is a great opportunity for all partners to get together and discuss the Trail’s future.

The meeting will take place at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Advanced registration is necessary by contacting [email protected]. On site registration begins at  1 p.m and the meeting opens with speakers at 4 p.m on Friday, August 10. The meeting will adjourn at 12:30 p.m on Sunday, August 12th and is followed by the A.T. Membership Meeting at 1:30. .


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Trail Safe

Trail Safe! is a unique safety program designed specifically for National Park Service trail volunteers. It's based on NPS Operational Leadership Training, where the human factor of safety is explored. 

The following eight lessons should be watched in order. The sessions range from 18 minutes to 40 minutes, or can be "binge watched"in 3 hours. Please report Trail Safe! training completion so we can send you a certificate and SPE/GAR Card. 

#2 Effective Leadership (20 minutes)

#4 Mission Analysis (28 minutes)

#5 Stress and Performance (27 minutes)
#6 Situational Awareness (16 minutes)
#7 Decision Making (13 minutes)