Start Local. Go Far.

During this three-day intermediate trail training session, participants will learn how to take a critical look at trails to assess condition, maintenance, and safety. Students will also discuss potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects. Classroom teaching and experiential learning will be combined to help students understand trail assessment, permits, and contracts.

Participants will begin by discussing how trail condition, maintenance, and safety can affect the “trail experience”. They will learn about the characteristics of sustainable and traditional trails and the five essential elements of sustainable trails. Students will also learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. The session will cover user and natural impacts and include desktop trail review and field assessment. Participants will gain field experience assessing existing trails and proposed reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus.

Students will become familiar with the use of a clinometer to measure trail grade/steepness and sideslopes. They will also be provided with examples of trail contracts and create one of their own based on findings from the trail assessment. Potential permitting requirements will be discussed.


Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water.

Students must dress appropriately for trail assessment - long pants and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred).

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

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Date Course Code Section Number Price
October 23-25, 2018 ENV-7004-01 45349 $70
May 7-9, 2019  ENV-7004-02 46057 $70

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If you need further assistance, please contact Fonna Terry at ext. 2011.

RCC Campus - Bishopric Lifelong Learning Center, Room 108