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Trail Care Crew Host Toolkit

Thank you for your interest in hosting the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew! Here you will find information about what a Trail Care Crew visit is like and the resources you need to plan a successful weekend (listed at right on the sidebar).

Thanks to generous, ongoing support from Subaru of America, the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s professional Trail Care Crews have been on the road since 1997, teaching sustainable trail building, energizing the mountain biking community and bringing together land managers, city officials and trail users.

Take advantage of your Trail Care Crew visit to:

  • Build your mountain bike organization - raise money, grow membership, build community relationships, do trail planning and more.
  • Recruit new volunteers and rejuvenate dedicated ones.
  • Learn sustainable trail design and construction.
  • Increase publicity and support for your trail system.
  • Educate city officials about the economic and wellness benefits of good trail systems.
  • Forge connections between land management agencies and local trail groups.
  • Establish greater trust in IMBA, your organization and mountain biking in general.

Think beyond just digging in the dirt! What will bring lasting results for the goals and dreams you have for your local trails? The Trail Care Crew can probably help.

With more than 50 visits each year, we rely on local volunteers to coordinate many of the weekend's details. Hosts should be prepared to arrange presentation facilities, promote the visit, plan and receive approval for trail work, etc. 

For groups who chose to host the IMBA Trail Building School

  • The School is a half-day of classroom education followed by several hours of building new trail or rerouting a trouble segment while reclaiming the old trail. The goal of a TCC visit is education, not lots of trail production. And remember: Sustainable trails don't mean sanitized trails!
  • The course is a great opportunity to get new volunteers involved. Reach out beyond your usual channels to pull in new riders who don't know about your group yet. It's also a grood time to forge relationships with other user groups - ask hikers, trail runners and equestrians to help. 
  • To hold the trail school, you'll need a 150-500 foot section of new trail or re-route to work on. Trail maintenance isn't a good choice, since the goal is to teach new construction from the ground up. Remember, you'll need land manager approval for your project well before the Crew arrives.
  • This is a 101-level course, meant for brand new volunteers or those who need a refresher. If you need more advanced help, please contact our Trail Solutions department.

Other options for your visit:

The Trail Care Crews offer several other presentations that are designed to bring different groups to the table, helping to grow acceptance of mountain biking and trail building. 

  • Club/Chapter Development is designed to teach mountain biking groups how to grow membership, sustain leadership, fundraise, and accomplish big goals.  
  • Land Manager Training educates those overseeing your trails about IMBA’s mission, the methods and importance of sustainable trail building and how to manage mountain biking. Similar to the Trail Building School classroom session, but tailored to agency staff. There is no fieldwork component.
  • Better Living Through Trails is a great presentation to use to bring together community leaders to teach them about the economic, health and wellness benefits that trails and mountain biking bring to an area. It provides a big-picture view of how trails affect communities, plus the perfect environment for local leaders to share and brainstorm.

Make sure to start organizing the event early! Please carefully review the planning information listed on the right sidebar. Field Programs Coordinator Marty Caivano will contact you at regular intervals to discuss your progress, but feel free to get in touch any time you have questions. marty [dot] caivano [at] imba [dot] com or 303-545-9011 ext. 101.