Summer 2014 Dates Announced!
The three most popular weeks will run. Choices are:
June 8th - June 13th 2014
June 22nd - June 27th 2014
June 29th - July 4th 2014
July 6th - July 11th 2014
Check out our blog for first hand stories from the 2013 summer.
Develop confidence and competence in a natural setting while fostering environmental stewardship on a 5 day backpacking course in the Monongahela National Forest.
The Mountain Institute (TMI) is looking for enthusiastic groups of teenage volunteers (13-17) who want to learn the science and art of monitoring and maintaining trails of the Monongahela National Forest. Spend the days enjoying the forests, fields, streams and mountain views while working together as a team to create and problem solve.
*The only thing required is the right attitude and a desire to accomplish a goal as a team.
Daily light maintenance projects will include;
* the use of non-mechanical hand tools for brush removal,
* construction of short natural staircases and small water bars to control erosion
* improvement of trail markers to help hikers navigate the trails.
Learn the principles of a backpacking trip:
* camp craft
* knot tying
* tarpology: the study and art of hanging tarps effectively
* water filtration
* bear hangs
* proper disposal of waste.
Plus: proper use and care of equipment: camp stoves, tents, water filtration systems, backpacks, and a detailed look into Leave No Trace Ethics so you can take what you learned in your week at MTM and feel confidant about organizing your own personal backpacking trip!