Build Sustainable Trails. Build Your Future.

Launch your new career as a trail professional through hands-on learning with flexible, part-time programs of study.

Here, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to build non-motorized trails using up-to-date sustainability best practices directly from industry leaders and trail building experts — in our outdoor learning laboratory. You’ll learn hands-on and master trail building techniques on the more than 100 miles of natural, machine-made, and gravity trails around Northern Vermont University, Kingdom Trails, and Burke Mountain Bike Park.

 

Why are sustainably built trails important?

Improper trail building and maintenance can negatively affect water quality, endangered species, wildlife habitat, cultural legacies, and even the climate. Sustainability is at the core of sound trails and trail systems, and in our certificate program you will learn from experts at the forefront of this effort. Apply the best techniques and practices to minimize negative impacts and create years of enjoyment on trails built to a high standard.

 

Two course options:

  • Sustainable Trail Building Certificate — one-year program
  • Trail Building and Stewardship for Non-Motorized Multi-Use Trails Boot Camp

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This program is for those with a real passion for trail use, a commitment to conserving the natural environment, and the motivation to work in a rapidly growing industry that connects people with nature. Kick-start a career in trail building through this flexible program that allows you to balance work and life while building the knowledge, skills, and professional networks needed for success.

You will develop skills through a combination of online, classroom, and in-the-field learning. Tuition includes trail passes to Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain Bike Park vouchers. Dormitory accommodation may be available at an additional cost for participants coming from a distance for in-person class dates.

 

Highlights:

  • The technical skills you learn align with the Professional TrailBuilders Association’s nationally recognized standard of trail-building excellence.
  • A paid onsite internship with a national professional trail-building organization is the capstone experience of this program.
  • Tuition includes trail passes to Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain Bike Park vouchers.
  • Dormitory accommodation may be available at an additional cost for participants coming from a distance for in-person class dates.
  • Network with industry professionals by participating in a national trails conference as a fieldtrip.

 

Duration:  One year
When: October 6, 2022 to September 3, 2023
Price: $3650, scholarships available
Anticipated time commitment: 5-7 hours per week
Where: Online and on-trail in Lyndon/Burke
VT Lead Instructor: TBD

 

Anticipated In Person Class Dates

Fall Dates:

  • October 6-8 (Thursday-Saturday)
  • October 20-22 (Thursday-Saturday)
  • November 3-5 (Thursday-Saturday)
  • November 17-18 (Thursday-Friday)

Winter Dates:

  • January 13 (Friday- Class/Virtual)
  • February 10-11 (Friday-Saturday)
  • March 3 (Friday-Class/Virtual)
  • March 24 (Friday-Class/Virtual)

Spring Dates:

  • April 17-20 PTBA Conference Field Trip, Reno, NV
  • May 19-20 (Friday-Saturday)
  • June 16-20 (Friday-Tuesday)
  • June 26, Internships begin

Internships wrap up in the end of August 2023.

When: June 14 and 15, 2023
Duration: Two Days
Price: $159
Where: Onsite at Kingdom Trails in East Burke, VT

 

Get a taste of what trail building is all about in this intensive two-day boot camp. Work with professionals at Kingdom Trails Association to learn trail maintenance and building techniques, and learn the basics of creating environmentally sustainable multiuse trails. By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify environmental issues on existing trails, what may have caused them, and apply possible solutions
  • Build a new multi-use trail or reroute an existing trail
  • Apply International Mountain Bike Association’s Five Essential Elements of Sustainable Trails concepts
  • Properly use a variety of trail related tools, including, but not limited to: Pulaski, McCleod, Rogue hoe, Hazel hoe, and a Clinometer

Successful participants earn a Kingdom Trails-Northern Vermont University Certificate of Completion.