Wilderness Skills Institute

The Wilderness Skills Institute is designed to allow volunteer wilderness stewards to learn valuable skills alongside agency staff.

The Wilderness Skills Institute is a partnership of The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards program, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service. The Institute is focused on training the next generation of wilderness stewards.

Through the institute, volunteers can learn wilderness stewardship skills alongside agency staff. The curriculum includes:

  • Training and certification in wilderness first aid and CPR
  • Cross-cut saw training and certification
  • C-Sawyer cross-cut training (limited participation)
  • Trail construction and trail maintenance principles

Other wilderness stewardship skills taught include: monitoring techniques, public encounter training, identification of non-native invasive species and more.

Interested in the Wilderness Skills Institute?

See the 2012 Wilderness Skills Institute agenda.

Learn more about the Wilderness Skills Institute and how to apply.