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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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Cost: $3650
Starts: September 10, 2023
Ends: September 1, 2024
Anticipated Time Commitment: 5-7 hours/week

Anticipated In-person Class Dates:

  • September 10-17, 2023
  • November 12-17, 2023
  • March 2024 (exact
    dates TBD): PTBA
    Sustainable Trail
    Conference Field Trip
  • April 28-May 5, 2024

Internship: May-End of August 2024


Program Details

The program is taught through a combination of online, classroom, and in-the-field learning. Tuition includes trail passes to Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain Bike Park vouchers. Bunk house accommodation is available at no additional cost for participants coming from a distance for in-person class dates.

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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.