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Outdoor Leadership Training Workshops

Washington Trails Association’s Outdoor Leadership Training workshops are intended for teachers and organizations that work with youth and families who have had limited access to outdoor experiences.

Do you dream about taking your youth group or students on an outing?

Make it happen! WTA will help you plan it, lend your group outdoor gear and provide trip funding. Get started by signing up for one of the Outdoor Leadership Training workshops below.

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Outdoor Leadership Training Workshops focus on:

  • Thoughtful trip planning, area selection and preparedness
  • Appropriate gear
  • Critical group and risk management practices
  • Memorable outdoor games and activities
  • Leave No Trace™ outdoor ethics
  • Simple food and nutrition planning
  • Engaging information on natural and cultural history
  • Promoting leadership, stewardship and conservation

January 2022


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Thurs. Jan 27
2 pm - 3 pm
Online Webinar

Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
(Free)


Snowshoeing Workshop

Sat. Jan 29
9 am - 3 pm
Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park.

An entry-level course focused on leading a successful snowshoe outing with a group of youth or families. A 6-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
($40, scholarships available)

February 2022


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Thurs. Feb 24
2 pm - 3 pm
Online Webinar

Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
(Free)


Snowshoeing Workshop

Sat. Feb 26
9 am - 3 pm
Gold Creek, Snoqualmie Pass

An entry-level course focused on leading a successful snowshoe outing with a group of youth or families. A 6-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
($40, scholarships available)

March 2022


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Thurs. Mar 24
2 pm - 3 pm
Online Webinar

Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
(Free)


HIKING Workshop

Sat. Mar 26
9 am - 3 pm
Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

An entry-level course focused on leading a successful outing with a group of youth or families. A 6-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
($40, scholarships available)

April 2022


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Thurs. Apr 28
2 pm - 3 pm
Online Webinar

Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
(Free)


HIKING Workshop

Sat. Apr 30
9 am - 3 pm
Tradition Plateau (High Point Way Trailhead, Tiger Mountain), Issaquah

An entry-level course focused on leading a successful outing with a group of youth or families. A 6-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
($40, scholarships available)

May 2022


Camping Workshop

Sat. May 21
9 am - 4 pm
Dash Point State Park, Federal Way

An entry-level course focused on leading a successful camping trip with a group of youth or families. A 7-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
($40, scholarships available)


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Thurs. May 26
2 pm - 3 pm
Online Webinar

Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
(Free)

June 2022


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Thurs. June 23
2 pm - 3 pm
Online Webinar

Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
(Free)

July 2022


Hiking Workshop

Sat. July 16
9 am - 3 pm
Tradition Plateau (High Point Way Trailhead, Tiger Mountain), Issaquah

An entry-level course focused on leading a successful outing with a group of youth or families. A 6-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
($40, scholarships available)


    GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

    Thurs. July 28
    2 pm - 3 pm
    Online Webinar

    Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
    (Free)

    August 2022


    backpacking Workshop

    TBD Thurs. Aug 4 to Sun. Aug 7 
    Ozette Triangle, Olympic National Park

    An entry-level course focused on leading a successful backpacking trip with a group of youth or families. A 4-day in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
    ($160, scholarships available)

    September 2022


    GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

    Thurs. Sept 22
    2 pm - 3 pm
    Online Webinar

    Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
    (Free)

    October 2022


    Hiking Workshop

    Sat. Oct 2
    9 am - 3 pm
    Point Defiance Park, Tacoma

    An entry-level course focused on leading a successful outing with a group of youth or families. A 6-hour in-person event with required Coronavirus safety protocols.
    ($40, scholarships available)


      GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

      Thurs. Oct 27
      2 pm - 3 pm
      Online Webinar

      Get the required info on the process and policies for borrowing outdoor gear from WTA's gear libraries for youth groups.
      (Free)