Trail Sustainability Institute 2020

Written by Nancy Stone

The Trail Sustainability Institute was thrilled to host its first Trail School since the beginning of the pandemic, and boy did it feel good! NWTA’s Covid protocols gave us the confidence to meet in a small group with safety protocols in place and everyone on board to work and learn responsibly. 

The nine Trail Stewards that attended all had varying levels of trail building/maintenance experience and were excited to expand their knowledge in an effort to give back to the trails that they love so much. 

Learning the fundamentals of trail building starts with understanding safety practices and watching out for each other in the woods, as well as having a strong knowledge of trail tools and how to best use them. Next, the Trail Stewards were able to put that knowledge to work on the trail. 

Next time you are out at Rocky Point, visit Mini Donut on the North Side to see all of their hard work repairing drains, clearing the corridor, and improving the bench. It’s people like these folks, who are striving to broaden their skills, that are making our trails better for everyone.

If you are interested in attending Trail School, keep an eye on our website (Event Page) and social media pages for our next class in January. With small class sizes, don’t hesitate; spaces fill quickly!

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Trail School Instructors: Andy Jansky, Paul Hobson & Nancy Stone