2020 Open Space Authority Trail Master Training Program

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Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

33 Las Colinas Lane

San Jose, CA 95119

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The Open Space Authority will be offering its second annual free, certificated training program for volunteers who wish to become Open Space Authority Trail Masters and gain a deeper knowledge of parks and natural resource management. If you love helping your local community by keeping our preserves beautiful, this program is for you!

Trainees of this program will receive in-depth training on parks and resource management and a certified trail specialist volunteer uniform shirt. As you continue to contribute volunteer hours, you will be able to obtain an Apprentice status after an additional 20 hours of work, which allows you to go out into the field on your own and complete volunteer trail and maintenance work. After 40 hours of additional volunteer work, you can progress to a Master status, which will allow you to lead your own volunteer trail maintenance projects and events.

The first two classroom sessions will be on December 10th & 17th, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an introduction to the Authority and safety in all settings. The remaining training sessions will be spread over the 2020 calendar year with class sessions on periodic Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. and field sessions on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • December 10, 2019 – Class #1 Kickoff – Orientation and introduction to Trail Master program
  • December 17, 2019 – Class #2 – Scene safety, situational awareness, safety equipment
  • January 7, 2020 – Class #3 – Volunteer hours reporting, tread maintenance and tools
  • January 11, 2020 – Field Day – What does the rain teach us?
  • January 18, 2020 – Field Day, Little Uvas Tool Extravaganza with Open Space Technicians, get familiar with the tools of the trade
  • January 21, 2020 – Class #4 – Building trail structures
  • January 25, 2020 – Field day
  • February 1, 2020 – Field Day #2 for Class 4
  • February 15, 2020 – Field day backup (date TBD)
  • March TBD – Field opportunities as work presents itself
  • April 7, 2020 – Class #5 – Weed whip. Fuel mix, safety, function, PPE
  • April 11, 2020 – Field Day – "Let's whip up a storm!"
  • April 18, 2020 – Field Day – "Let’s whip up a storm!"
  • May TBD – extra field days as needed (dates TBD)
  • June TBD – extra field days as needed (dates TBD)
  • July 7, 2020 – Class #6 – Brushing trail corridors
  • July 18, 2020 – Field Day at Sierra Vista or South County
  • July 25, 2020 – Field Day Sierra Vista or South County, location TBD
  • August TBD – extra field day as needed (dates TBD)
  • September TBD – extra field day as needed (dates TBD)
  • October TBD – Field opportunities as work presents itself. Trail Master commitments are ongoing
  • November – we await the rain and the next batch of Trail Master volunteer trainees!


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