Volunteers play an important and growing role in supporting public lands in Central Arizona. Volunteers donate their time, energy and expertise in a variety of ways. The Central Arizona Public Lands Volunteer Academy provides training for volunteers who want to expand their skills, open up opportunities, and take on more advanced volunteer tasks. Those attending the Academy may choose to pursue additional training offered in a later session to become volunteer crew leaders.

WHO? This Academy is for people with volunteer experience on federal, state and/or local public lands who are currently sponsored by a local agreement. 

WHAT? The Academy is participatory hands-on two day training that will help develop skills in a variety of areas. 

WHEN? April 28-29, 2012, 9 am to 4:30 pm 

WHERE? The Arcosanti Campus near Cordes Junction [exit 262 off I-17] 

WHY? To build volunteer capacity and enjoyment 

Specific topics covered at the Academy include: 

– Rights and responsibilities of volunteers
– Volunteer opportunities
– Creating a safe working environment
– Public contacts and communication

 Hands-on training offered at the Academy will include:

– Map reading and GPS use 
– First aid and CPR
– Historic and prehistoric preservation
– Trail monitoring, maintenance and hand tool use.

Lunch and snacks will be provided to participants both days. Overnight camping is available for a fee at Arcosanti.

A few slots for the academy are still available. For information, call Bruce Maurer at the Community Forest Trust at 443-8230 or email him at bmaurer@fs.fed.us. Also see the non-profit Forest Trust website at communityforesttrust.com  for more information about its volunteer opportunities.

Participating partners include the Prescott National Forest, Arizona Wilderness Coalition, Arcosanti, Black Canyon Trails Coalition, Back Country Horsemen of Central Arizona, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Upper Agua Fria Watershed Partnership.

The Community Forest Trust, which organizes volunteers for the Prescott National Forest, is sponsoring the workshop through a grant from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation. 

[photo: Alfonso Elia & text: Central Arizona Public Lands Volunteer Academy]


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