Northwest Technical Institute kicks off trail building program

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Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale has launched an eight-week program to equip students with skills in trail development, environmental stewardship and outdoor safety.

Steve Schneider, who has more than 30 years of global experience in trail design and construction, will lead the Modern Trail Education program. Tom Burroughs of Ozark Safety and Rescue will teach the safety component.

According to a news release, the program comprises 16 hours of training on “topics such as the history of mobility, environmentalism, trades skills and best practices in trail development. The curriculum combines classroom instruction with competency assessments in real-world field activities, ensuring participants gain practical, hands-on experience.”

The initial segment of the program started June 11 and will take place on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.

The safety component of the program includes a 16-hour wilderness first aid certification and emphasizes the importance of safety in the outdoor recreation industry. The training will take place over two eight-hour sessions on June 29 and July 6.

Program participants will receive knowledge in trade application, history, ethics, safety and government and industry insights. The program also provides networking opportunities with employers and community partners.

The program’s capacity is 20, and the cost is $500. More information is available online at this link. The start date for the next session of the Modern Trail Education program has yet to be set, but it is expected to take place this fall.