Volunteer Training


Want to increase your skill set? We offer training sessions and workshops to volunteers each year.


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.

*Leave No Trace Master Educator Course - Carvins Cove, VA

  • Dates: 02 – 06 Mar, 2019
  • Location: Roanoke, VA
  • Address: Carvins Cove Natural Reservoir Cabin: 9590 Reservoir Road, Roanoke, VA 24019
  • Contact: Kathryn Herndon-Powell
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 540-904-4316

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is partnering with City of Roanoke Parks & Recreation to offer a Master Educator Course in Carvins Cove Natural Reserve!  Bordered by the Appalachian Trail to the north and west, Carvins Cove is the second largest municipal park in the nation. In addition to protecting Roanoke's drinking water in the 600+ acre reservoir, Carvins Cove is a recreation destination for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and more.

This 5-day course is designed for individuals who are actively teaching others backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public. Through classroom discussion, lectures, and a 4-day backpacking trip, participants will receive an in-depth and hands-on study of the seven principles and wildland ethics, and learn a variety of ways to share and disseminate low-impact recreation skills to other visitors.  

Cost: $630 for Appalachian Trail Conservancy members, $580 for A.T. Trail Club Members and Agency Partners and $700 for all others. Fee includes instruction, curriculum and teaching materials, a one year Leave No Trace individual membership, and meals during the course.
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  1. Chloe de Camara | Apr 17, 2019

    Hi Nancy,

    We will be offering one additional Master Educator course in the Smokies this August. Please reach out to me at [email protected] for more information. You can also now find more information on our Leave No Trace website for course details. We're glad you're interested!



  2. Nancy Ball | Apr 11, 2019

    Hi - will there be another Master Educator course in 2019? 

    If not, do you have one scheduled for 2020? I would like to get it on my calendar if possible.

    thanks in advance!


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    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. 

    The following eight lessons should be watched in order. The sessions range from 18 minutes to 40 minutes, or can be "binge watched"in 3 hours. Please report Trail Safe! training completion so we can send you a certificate and SPE/GAR Card. 

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    #4 Mission Analysis (28 minutes)

    #5 Stress and Performance (27 minutes)
    #6 Situational Awareness (16 minutes)
    #7 Decision Making (13 minutes)