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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 maintenance projects will include;
* the use of non-mechanical hand tools for
* 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
* cooking and 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 organize your own personal backpacking trip!