Trail Academy

So you want to be a trail builder?

We’re excited to announce the expansion of the NSMBA Trail Academy presented by Arc’teryx!

The original Trail Academy is now called Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care. In addition to this class, we are offering several new courses for those wishing to learn more about rock work, wood structures, and more. All Trail Academy courses are complimentary for current NSMBA members and include both classroom and field training. The intention of the Trail Academy is to share our knowledge of sustainable trail building with a larger audience. Join us in caring for the trails we all love.

Many thanks to Arc’teryx for their generous support of this program and their continued commitment to our local trail network.


Learn more about the courses…

Classes are limited to 20 participants and free to all NSMBA members. Youth under age 18 are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Not a member yet? Join here! Your membership supports our efforts and allows programs like this to continue.

Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care
An introduction to trail stewardship, covering the key principles of sustainable trail design and best practices for trail maintenance and repair.
*This course is the original Trail Academy and is a required prerequisite for all other classes. Exemptions may be possible. Please contact penny@nsmba.ca to inquire about exemptions.
Graduates of Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care become members of the Race Face Shore Corps.
Upcoming Dates: November 28 (theory), November 30 (practical), December 3 (practical)
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Trail Academy 201: Introduction to Trail Design
Reviews fundamentals of environmental, social, and economic sustainability and explores how these are applied in the trail planning and design process. Emphasizes working with land managers and established trail standards to create an appropriate trail experience for various user groups. This course will typically be taught in conjunction with Trail Academy 211: Corners
Prerequisite: Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care
TO BE OFFERED SPRING 2018
Trail Academy 211: Corners
Corners are a key element of all trails. Participants will learn about design standards and appropriate usage of climbing corners, berms, and switchbacks. This course will typically be taught in conjunction with Trail Academy 201: Introduction to Trail Design
Prerequisite: Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care
TO BE OFFERED SPRING 2018
Trail Academy 212: Rock Work
Properly constructed rock work can last for hundreds if not thousands of years. This course covers the construction of rock retaining walls, rock armouring, and other uses of rock in trail design.
Prerequisite: Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care
SPRING 2018 DATES COMING SOON
Trail Academy 213: Wood Structures
Vancouver’s North Shore is famous for its ladder bridges and other wood features, initially built out of necessity. This course covers design principles, trail standards for technical trail features, construction techniques, and assessment of wood structures.
Prerequisite: Trail Academy 100: Foundations of Trail Care
SPRING 2018 DATES COMING SOON

The NSMBA 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.


Trail Academy Philosophies

An adaptable approach.
Respect for the environment.
Long term care and development of our trails through sustainable practices.
The forest is a shared resource.
Cultivating a positive user experience.