Trail Academy

The NSMBA Trail Academy is complimentary for all current NSMBA Members! The intention of the academy is to share our knowledge of sustainable trail building with a larger audience. Knowledge is power! We encourage anyone wanting to be more involved with trail building opportunities to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the skills and basis for trail building and allow us to all speak the same language when on the trails.

Thank you to  Arc’teryx for their generous support of this program over the years and their continued commitment to their local trail network.

Dates for 2017 Trail Academy have not yet been announced. We tend to host 3 or 4 academies monthly in the Spring and another round in the Fall. Stay tuned on social media our sign up for our monthly newsletter to hear first!

The theory session teaches an adaptable approach using modern techniques to assess, build and maintain trails focused on long term sustainability and a positive user experience. Each class is followed with a practical day in the forest for hands on learning. Graduates of the Academy become members of the Shore Corps.

To attend the Academy, you must be a member of the NSMBA. Click here to join. Your membership supports our efforts and allows programs like this to continue.

Classes are limited to 25 participants and free to all NSMBA members.

The North Shore Trail Academy wouldn’t be possible without the partnership and support of Arc’teryx, an international company based here on the North Shore specializing in designing and producing performance outdoor apparel and equipment.

The course is free for all NSMBA members but you must be registered to attend.

The philosophies of the North Shore Trail Academy:
An adaptable approach

Respect for the environment.

Long term care and development of our trails through sustainable practices.

The forest is a shared resource.

Positive User Experience.

The curriculum covers the following topics:

Sustainable solutions – trail assessment & repair – bench cut – reroutes – reclamation – rolling contour – speed & flow – drainage – alignment & line selection – Trail Triage system