MTB Atlanta and Park Pride partner on Sustainable Trails Workshop- Saturday, Sept 22nd

Join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day with a day of instruction and stewardship at the Outdoor Activity Center. We have partnered with Park Pride to host a Sustainable Trails Workshop to teach best practices of trail design, construction, and maintenance for Friends Groups working in City of Atlanta and Dekalb County Parks.

Part lecture, part workday, come on out and learn about trails!

You do not have to be a member of a Park Pride Friends Group to attend.

Led by veteran trail builder and educator Walt Bready, the Sustainable Trails Workshop will teach attendees about natural surface trail care, covering the best practices for building, maintaining, and improving recreational trails for non-motorized use. The goal is better sustainability that can reduce overall maintenance needs and user impacts on our natural resources.

Attendees will begin the workshop inside listening to a presentation about sustainable trails and then move outside for the hands on trail maintenance portion of the workshop. Best practices will be reinforced through physically working on existing trails at the Outdoor Activity Center.

Attendees should bring a reusable water bottle and be dressed appropriately to work outside on the trail.  Closed toe shoes and pants are required.  Gloves and tools will be provided by Park Pride.

Cost for class is $5.

Register here: http://bit.ly/trailwksp

More info here: https://parkpride.org/event/workshop-sustainable-trails/

Bike VIP Class at CRNRA March 31st

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and MTB Atlanta are partnering for a Bike VIP (Volunteers in Park) program to establish a volunteer presence in the Park and the shared use trails at Sope Creek. Do you enjoy helping others and riding your bike? The Park is looking for people who are CPR/First Aid certified to be “moving sign posts” for the Park and the trails. While you ride, you can record trail conditions, help others with way finding, help respond to emergency and first aid needs of other trail users and help promote good trail etiquette for all trail users.

The Park has a 4 hour orientation class which will run Saturday, March 31st from 12-4. If you want to participate in the program you will also have to be CPR/First Aid certified. If you do not have this certification, you can sign up with the Park for the certification for free.

When you accumulate 40 volunteer hours with the CRNRA, you qualify for a free yearly parking pass a $45 value. Over 200 hours, you get a Volunteer Pass to all National Parks in the US. The CRNRA also has a yearly volunteer appreciation lunch and great swag. You also get a free membership to the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the Friends Group of the Park.

If you ride Sope Creek often and love the CRNRA we encourage you to join this program.

Register at this link to take the class and join in the program:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-vip-class-with-the-crnra-tickets-43503932433?aff=efbeventtix

Trail Crew Leader Class- Feb 24th and 25th

Love trails? Want to learn how to build and maintain them? SORBA Atlanta continues to lead the way in Trails Education in the State of Georgia and the Southeast. Join us for our Trail Crew Leader Class at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Volunteers are essential to construct and maintain the trails you love to ride, run or hike on public land. SORBA Atlanta is taking the lead in Trails Education in North Georgia and partners yearly with the National Park Service to teach sustainable trail construction and maintenance.

This class is free to SORBA Atlanta Chapter members, CRNRA Trailblazers and Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy members.

The class is available to all other trail enthusiasts for $45 plus processing fee.

There is a 20 person max attendance for this cass.

This is a two day course that runs 9-4 for 2 days and covers sustainable trail construction, maintenece and how to run a volunteer crew on work days. The class is half classroom lecture, half field work and is taught by Walt Bready.

Register at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trail-crew-leader-class-tickets-41665484586

Please wear weather appropriate clothing, wear closed toed shoes sturdy enough for hiking, bring gloves, water, snacks, and a notebook and a pen.

If you have any specific questions about the class, email sorbabrett@gmail.com