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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. Find one near you at volunteer.appalachiantrail.org

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Now, we are excited to share our online training library. All training modules are free and available to the public. The trainings are designed to be evergreen, relevant to A.T. Trail stewards and club leaders, and are a trajectory toward field training and experience.

Online Training Library

The following training modules are independent and self-paced. Simply register for the module, open the email with the training, watch the video, and evaluate. Your profile on the Online Volunteer Portal will keep track of your accomplishments, if you join.

Orientation

Volunteer Orientation

This 10-minute video provides helpful background on the management of the Appalachian Trail to prepare you for a deeper understanding of volunteering for this National Scenic Trail.

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Engaging New People

What is Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion?

Discover how justice, equity, diversity and inclusion fit in trail management with this 26-minute Engaging New People session. This recorded session defines what JEDI is, why it is important to the ATC and why it matters for the future of the Appalachian Trail.

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JEDI: Revealing Relevant History of the U.S. and A.T.

Discover how justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion fit in trail management with this 32-minute session on the history of the U.S. and Appalachian Trail in the context of JEDI work.

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JEDI: Preparing to Put JEDI into Action

Discover how justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion fit in trail management with this 53-minute session on the preparation individuals and organizations need to go through to put JEDI into action.

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New Ways to Engage: Affinity Groups

Learn how affinity groups relate to the Appalachian Trail, and how this component of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion can fit into your A.T. club or your A.T. Community. About 38 minutes.

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Next Generation Advisory Council

This one-hour and two-minute video is a self-paced training that covers best practices for engaging younger generations.

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Best Practices in Engaging Young Adults: Establishing a Next Generation Advisory Council

This training provides a background, explains the benefits and provides tips on establishing a Next generation Advisory Council in your organization. About 57 minutes.

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Tools to Build Partnerships for Public lands

Instructors from the United States Forest Service, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Greening Youth Foundation share tools and strategies for partnership building, and share examples and case studies of partnership successes and challenges.

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A.T. Cooperative Management & Project Leadership

A.T. Cooperative Management 101

This 48-minute training will cover the history of the A.T. from inception to protection and beyond, told by the partners who cooperatively manage the Trail.

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A.T. Cooperative Management – Essential Agreements

The success of the Cooperative Management System is supported through a number of agreements, outlined in this 35-minute video, and close partner communication.

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Managing Beyond Trail Maintenance – A Programmatic Tour

This self-paced online training covers programs the ATC and partners undertake to care for the realm beyond the footpath (5 videos, about 28 minutes total).

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Organizational Leadership Best Practices

Organizational Leadership Best Practices

Intended for A.T. Club leaders, this webinar covers best practices of organizational leadership to benefit their organization. Self-paced online training in five chapters, running time 1 hour 5 minutes.

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Trail Safe! Training

Trail Safe! Training

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. 8 videos, about 3 hours.

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A.T. Corridor Stewardship

A.T. Corridor Stewardship

The primary goal of this training is to provide Appalachian National Scenic Trail volunteers with basic knowledge for monitoring the A.T. corridor, maintaining its surveyed boundaries, and taking effective and efficient action to address encroachments. Rather than the usual video module, this training will access an e-book.

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Trail Design & the Dynamics of Water

Trail Design & the Dynamics of Water

Ever wonder why the Trail is designed the way it is? The dynamics of water is a determining factor. This training will introduce the A.T. desired condition, trail design and construction. About 30 minutes.

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Introduction to Natural Resource Management

Introduction to Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource coordinators share information about this program area. Why is the realm of the A.T. exceptional? Why monitor and manage natural resources? This 40-minute video explains why this work is important and what it entails.

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Effective Communication of Leave No Trace

Effective Communication of Leave No Trace

Specifically geared toward A.T. volunteers, this is a Leave No Trace (LNT) training on best practices for effectively communicating LNT principles to the public. About 2 hours.

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Sustainable Trail and Campsite Management Study

Sustainable Trail and Campsite Management Study

Dr. Jeff Marion, Dr. Jeremy Wimpey, and Johanna Arredondo performed a 5-year study on sustainable trail & camping management on the A.T. These are the results of their findings. 93 minutes.

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Trail Asset Inventory

Trail Asset Inventory

ATC, NPS-APPA, and the Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs have undertaken a Trail-wide inventory to count every location and feature along the A.T. corridor. Learn how its improves project development and makes the A.T. more competitive for federal funds.

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A.T. Sawyers

With support from the federal agencies, ATC has hosted a crosscut and chain-saw training and certification program since the mid-1990s. The program is guided by a three-way Memorandum of Understanding signed by the ATC, the NPS, and the USFS most recently in 2014.

ATC’s sawyer certification program is based on the 2006 Forest Service MTDC Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Training Course. A copy of the course handbook can be found on ATC’s website. All persons operating a crosscut or chain saw at any time on Appalachian Trail lands (including NPS lands, state park, forest or gamelands, municipal parks, ANST private lands, and National Forests) must be certified as specified in the MOU referenced above.

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