Trail layout and design is the practice of combining art and science to create a route that keeps people on it, water off of it, and is harmonious with nature.
This course helps you gain or brush up on the skills and techniques necessary to design trails looking at the bigger picture of connectivity, character, and positive user experience.
This is a two-part workshop. After learning about sustainable design principles in the classroom at the Sterling Forest State Park Visitor's Center, the class heads into the field to learn how to put them into practice laying out a trail on the ground, using surveying tools to analyze grade, soils, and other local factors. The end result will be a flagged trail alignment of the same type and quality of those proposed for real world projects.
Space is limited. Please register to be provided with exact location, times and other details.
Know Before You Go
- Please wear long pants, sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots and bring plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch.
- Please read over our COVID-19 Protocols and be prepared to follow them on the trail.
- All volunteers must fill out the online OPRHP Volunteer Form and select "Sterling Forest State Park" before the work trip.
- For volunteers under age 18, please submit a Guardian Consent form to [email protected] prior to the volunteer day or bring the paper form the day of. A parent or guardian must be present for the volunteer day.