WAMB-IMBA Trail Care Crew Weekend

Winona, MN July 10-13, 2014

Schedule of Events:
Please feel free to register for any or all of the events listed below.

Thursday Evening
7pm-9pm-Winona Historical Society
• Club Care Seminar presented by Jordan Carr and Leilani Bruntz (IMBA Trail Care Crew)
• Thursday night downtown event 9pm.

Saturday Morning
9am-12pm-WSU Pasteur Hall Rm. 329
• Mandatory classroom session for afternoon trail building session.
• Lunch served at noon.

Saturday Afternoon
1pm-4pm-Cherry Hill-DNR Bronk Unit
Hands-on learning experience building ¼ mile of singletrack trail.
• Bring gloves, bug spray/sunscreen, long pants, and closed-toe shoes.  

Sunday Morning
Group Ride 11am

The IMBA/Subaru Trail Care Crew started in 1997, offers workshops to mountain bike clubs, land managers, and communities.  The two-person team of professional trail builders teaches groups how to build and maintain sustainable trails, resolve trail management challenges and run effective advocacy organizations.  Trail Care Crew visits run four days and include a trail assessment, a Trail Building School and other presentations based on need.

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA's philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable singletrack. The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction.

Club Care Seminar
Overview:  A key element of building sustainable trails is ensuring that there will be a community committed to the trail’s existence.  The Club Care presentation is designed to teach advocates and volunteers how to effectively organize in order to accomplish club goals.  Based on the crews’ experience teaching hundreds of volunteer groups how to build better trails through grassroots organization and advocacy, they will share techniques that advocacy organizations across the country have used to reach goals, overcome challenges, improve land access, grow the local mountain bike community and have fun!
Key Topics:  Building a community around a common goal, goal setting, increasing community participation in your club, cultivating new leadership, communications, basics, events planning and marketing, tips and tricks for creating a strong and effective non-profit organization that contributes to and engages in the community.
Target Audience:  Active club members, board members, committee members, general members of the public interested in becoming club leaders, business owners, potential donors, etc.
Length:  Approximately 2 hours with Q&A.  Held on Thursday evening at the Winona Historical Society 160 Johnson St. Winona, MN from 7-9pm.

Trail Building Classroom and Field Session
Participants are expected to come to both the classroom and field sessions on Saturday. If someone can only come to one, it must be the classroom session. It will take away from the field session experience if people who didn’t attend the classroom session end up asking a lot of questions about things that were covered.
Key Topics:  Introduction to IMBA - Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew - Trail building theory - Essential elements of sustainable trails - Designing a trail - Constructing the trail - Rerouting and reclaiming trails - Advanced trail construction techniques
Target Audience:  Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.) - People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such and land managers and city planners - Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project - Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability - Anyone who has to communicate the elements for trail sustainability - High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops (16 and older, please) - University students (cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.)

Length: 3 hour classroom session, followed by lunch.  3 hour hands-on trail building session at DNR Bronk Unit.  Morning session will be at Winona State University Pasteur Hall 329, 203 W Sanborn St, Winona MN from 9am-12pm.
Every session is free and open to the public!


Scott Sherman
President-Winona Area Mountain Bikers

Winona, Minnesota
P: 507-313-0676
E: ssherman@hbci.com