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Trail Labs: Workshops & Programs

Create. Enhance. Protect.

Bringing decades of expertise to the classroom or field we offer a variety of workshops and training to equip Trail Champions with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the trail development process.

Mike Repyak guiding Foundations participants through an example trail.

Foundations are two-day intensive workshops during which IMBA staff, trail industry experts and local stakeholders lead participants through the recipe for a model community trail system: planning, design, building, activation, promotion and measuring success. Attendees will also get a firsthand look at components of an intentional and diverse mountain bike trails community through field visits.

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Participants test clinometers during the Angeles National Forest trail care school.
Trail Care Schools

Our Trail Care Schools equip volunteers and organizations with the skills necessary to maintain mountain bike trails in partnership with the local land management. Beginning with sustainable trail design principles such as drainage via grade reversals, this course will begin to develop trail eyes before heading out into the field to assess, identify appropriate solutions, and develop the techniques to implement effectively.

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rider wearing red pedaling along a ridge with the sun in the background
Trail Accelerator Workshop

Understanding the trail development model is one thing, but implementing it in your community is another. One of the biggest challenges, and keys to success, is intentional engagement within your community while setting a collective vision and navigating the planning process. This workshop is designed to gather your stakeholders in the same room, solidify a vision and define the specific steps your community needs to take next to increase the momentum of your project.

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Chris Orr guides Trail Management School participants in Laguna Canyon, CA.
Trail Management School

As trails have become increasingly sophisticated in their design and construction, so has the need for advanced management and maintenance. Our Trail Management School is designed to equip land management professionals with knowledge and skills to efficiently manage their trail systems in a way that meets their agencies’ objectives and offers the best experience to their users. From assessment to operations and maintenance plans and working effectively with volunteers, IMBA is here to help.

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If you have any questions, please contact us.

Whether you are after solitude or community I am not sure if there is a better avenue than wheels on dirt. It is my goal to see these opportunities become ever more accessible through education and development. 

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John Cox

Education Coordinator