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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

October 2022


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)

January 2023


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Wed. Jan 25
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)

February 2023


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Wed. Feb 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)


snowshoeing Workshop

Sat. Feb 25
9 am - 3 pm
Gold Creek Pond, Snoqualmie Pass

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)

March 2023


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Wed. Mar 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)

April 2023


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Wed. Apr 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)


hiking Workshop

Sat. Apr 29
9 am - 3 pm
Tradition Plateau, 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 2023


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Wed. May 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)

June 2023


Camping Workshop

Sat. June 3
9 am - 4 pm
Dash Point State Park, Federal Way

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


GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

Wed. June 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)

July 2023


Backpacking Workshop

Thur. July 13 to Sun. July 16
TBD, North Cascades National Park

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

    August 2023


    GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

    Wed. Aug 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)

    September 2023


    GEAR LIBRARY ORIENTATION

    Wed. Sep 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)

    October 2023


    hiking Workshop

    Sat. Oct 14
    9 am - 3 pm
    Clark's Creek Park South, Puyallup

    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

    Wed. Oct 25
    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)