NRBB 1002 - Field Course with Outdoor Stewardship Institute

  • Noncredit

This course, taught by the Outdoor Stewardship Institute of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, is designed for individuals, volunteer organizations, or land management agencies interested in crew leadership training to build skills in leading crews and managing teams.
This is part three of the Crew Leadership for Trails Certification where crew leader trainees will:
• Experience a mix of discussions, activities, and field experience that facilitate learning.
• Review content learned during online Crew Leadership Modules.
• Understand and practice practical trail construction and maintenance techniques.
• Model effective teaching and leadership techniques.

This course is the final step to complete the Outdoor Stewardship Institute Certification for Crew Leadership for Trails. Students must complete the online Crew Leadership modules before taking the field course.
Part One and Two of the Crew Leadership for Trails Certification
If you are looking to complete the three-part process of becoming a crew leader, the first steps are to complete the online leadership modules and technical modules for trails or ecological restoration. The technical modules may also be covered in the field, where trainees will learn about learn about basic safety, tool use, crew leadership principles, and basic technical skills for trail or restoration projects. Certification is complete after completing both the online and field portions of training. Contact Dan Williams, Senior Projects and Training Manager at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado for more information.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbook and Materials

All materials are supplied within the online course.


Dan Williams

Dan Williams is the Senior Projects and Trainings Manager for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, where he manages VOC’s training program, the Outdoor Stewardship institute. He is the instructor and the current facilitator for our online crew leadership training course.

Steve West

Steve West joined Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) on a mine reclamation project in the Chalk Creek/Mt. Princeton area in 1991. He became hooked on VOC after the first day when he was provided spectacular food, beer, and a free pass to the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.

Since that time, Steve has been a Crew Leader, Crew Leader Manager, Technical Advisor and Crew Leader Instructor for VOC and the Outdoor Stewardship Institute, training crews in the field and working on course curriculum development. For the past 16 years, he has also led volunteer crews in the Mt. Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness areas to perform much needed trail maintenance.

Steve is retired after a career of more than 30 years at Lockheed Martin.