BREVARD, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2019) – Dedicated individuals seeking to further their skills and experience in environmental conservation are invited to apply for the 2019 Wilderness Skills Institute (WSI), a two-week training course that provides a variety of instruction on basic to advanced-level skills necessary for working in wilderness environments. Held on May 20-24 and May 28-31 at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard, North Carolina, the Institute will cover a range of essential skills from wilderness first aid to crosscut saw and axe certification.
The Wilderness Skills Institute provides training that is necessary for safely and effectively working in remote backcountry environments.
“The Wilderness Skills Institute is one of the best training opportunities for agency employees, partners and volunteers who work in wilderness stewardship to develop the essential skills and relationships necessary to manage our public lands now and into the future,” said Leanna Joyner, Program Director of Volunteer Relations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).
WSI was developed in 2011 through a partnership between the ATC, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), and the USDA Forest Service to ensure that the next generation of environmental stewards is properly trained to work effectively in unique and challenging wilderness areas. Training through the Institute is provided for free to accepted students, and free camping is available on site for those wishing to take advantage of the facilities. WSI is also an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in furthering their careers in conservation to connect with experienced wilderness stewards from across the region both in and out of the classroom.
Motivated individuals of all skill and experience levels are invited to apply to WSI by March 8, 2019. To apply and for more information, please visit wildernessskillsinstitute.org.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,192 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Leanna Joyner
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]