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Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Tread and Alignment

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Course summary:

The Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Tread and Alignment course is an introductory course targeted to developing trail workers. This course serves as an introduction and overview to the principles and applications of trail tread and alignment through the lens of developing and maintaining a sustainable trail. This course will introduce basic trail design elements as well as processes and considerations for establishing trail tread. Topics include intentional trail design, resource protection, considering landform and alignment, trail grade and reversals, trail tread specifications, bench construction, and much more!

Course objectives:

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • ​​​Describe the trail design elements of trail tread, alignment, layout, grade, and location.
  • ​​​​Identify basic design, layout, and alignment principles and processes.
  • ​​​​Describe the basic trail design processes and considerations for establishing the trail tread​.

Recommended background

This is an introductory course for developing trail workers. These include individuals who may have limited formal experience in construction or maintenance—but are eager to learn! We encourage all enrollees of Foundations of Sustainable Trails courses to first complete the micro-learning: Foundations of Sustainable Trails: A Trail from Start to Finish.

Course topics include:

  • Trail Design​
  • Layout and Alignment​
  • Trail Tread​

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need.

After completing all course content and activities, you will complete a final quiz to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course creators:

This course was designed and developed jointly by American Trails and the Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.

How to access:

Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions and the link to the Canvas course. Note: When you register, you will receive an email invitation. Be sure to accept that invitation, or Canvas will not allow you to open the course modules.

Enrollees can move through content modules at their own pace within the course timeframe.

 

Length: Self-paced

 

Department: 
Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands

 

Credit: CE credits available for purchase

 

Audience: Developing trail workers, including those who may have limited formal experience in construction or maintenance

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