Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training

Want to take your volunteering to the next level? The PPRCLT is the first step in becoming a trained and certified trail crew leader, able to assist in leading critical trail and restoration projects throughout the Pikes Peak Region.
A classroom portion of the course preps trainees on leadership skills and work techniques before they hit the field.


May 4th - 6th

Each year, thousands of volunteers donate their time to help care for parks, trails, and open spaces in the Pikes Peak Region. This generosity of time and labor is necessary for the upkeep of our local parks, but has also created a need for trained volunteer crew leaders who are able to assist organizations such as RMFI and the many local park "Friends Groups" by leading these critical trail and restoration projects. The Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training is an intensive weekend-long training for volunteers who are interested in becoming certified and active Volunteer Crew Leaders. While in the training, participants will learn how to lead safe, successful trail projects and develop basic trail construction and restoration skills. The training is hosted in partnership by Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of the Peak, and the City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department. 


  • Trainees must have prior trail workday experience in order to participate in this training. At minimum, applicants should have participated in two trail workdays prior to being enrolled in Crew Leader Training. 
  • Applicants must pass a mandatory criminal background check (at no charge to the trainee) in order to be enrolled in the training. 

Certification: In order to become fully certified, trainees must:

  • Attend the full 2.5 day training
  • Complete two additional certification workdays as an assistant Crew Leader under the guidance and supervision of either Rocky Mountain Field Institute or Friends of the Peak. These certification days must take place within the same calendar year as the completed training weekend.

Upon successful completion of the two certification workdays, Crew Leaders will receive an official Crew Leader certificate and wallet card recognized by the City of Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Parks Department, and all partner trail groups. The certification is renewed annually after each year that the holder actively serves in a Crew Leader capacity. 

Weekend Training Schedule:

  • Friday, May 4th: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Bear Creek Nature Center
  • Saturday, May 5th: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Bear Creek Nature Center
  • Sunday, May 6th: 8:00am - 4:00pm, RMFI Office

Application Information: 

  • Fee: There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for this program to help cover costs of materials and food for the weekend training session. (Fee included in application form.)
  • Requirements: Applicants will be asked to briefly describe their prior experience with trail and/or restoration work. Previous experience is required. After completing the application, instructions for a criminal background check will be sent to the applicant. The check must be passed in order to participate in the training. (If you have concerns about your ability to pass the background check, you may contact Molly Mazel to discuss your concerns prior to completing the applicaiton and paying the application fee: [email protected] or 719-471-7736 ext. 4#.)

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Questions? Contact Molly Mazel, RMFI Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 719-471-7736 ext. 4# or visit our FAQ page.