Interpretation Skill Definition:

Identify specific interpretive and educational opportunities on trails to contextualize the visitor experience (e.g., history, habitats, scenery, flora/fauna), and make recommendations for interpretive method.

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Resources for Interpretation

THE INTERTWINE Regional Trails Signage Guidelines
THE INTERTWINE Regional Trails Signage Guidelines

This manual serves as a technical resource to guide parks and transportation agencies as they plan, design, and fabricate wayfinding signage along regional trails in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Interpretive Plan
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Interpretive Plan

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) Interpretive Plan guides the development and implementation of information, orientation and interpretation for the CDNST. Specifically, this plan includes interpretive goals, objectives, themes,…

Trail Signage Guidelines
Trail Signage Guidelines

The purpose of this document is to provide the required tools for trail planners, designers, and contractors to deploy a cohesive trail signage program throughout the City of San José’s Trail Network.

BLM Sign Guidebook
BLM Sign Guidebook

The purpose of this Guidebook is to establish standards and guidelines for planning, developing, and managing signs for the BLM-administered public lands and waters.

Trail Sign Installation & Inventory
Trail Sign Installation & Inventory

Be much more sign savvy! Understand trail sign specifications and learn how to install signs correctly. Learn to record sign inventory records in conjunction with agency partners. Students must be seasoned hikers experienced with map reading, have…

Signs, Trails, and Wayside Exhibits
Signs, Trails, and Wayside Exhibits

This sourcebook is a comprehensive, visual guide to planning, designing, and fabricating effective wayside exhibits, information signs, and trails. Over 400 photographs from interpretive sites around the world illustrate effective techniques for…

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Upcoming Trainings for Interpretation

MTB Optimized Trails - Jump Line - Advanced
McDowell Tech Community College
McDowell Tech Community College
MTB Optimized Trails - Jump Line - Advanced

March 13 - 15, 2024

Old Fort, North Carolina

Trail Skills Institute Module 4: Trail Design and Layout
Arizona Trail Association
Arizona Trail Association
Trail Skills Institute Module 4: Trail Design and Layout

April 06 - 07, 2024

Tucson, Arizona

Custom Trainings

There are 41 trainers on TrailSkills
with Interpretation experience.


Andy Crowley

Contractor Trainer

Ashland, NH

Conservation Trail Services LLC. Working with private, non-profit, and…


Brooke Scatchard


Contractor Trainer

Morristown, VT

Brooke’s many years of experience in planning, building, and riding mountain bike trails provide a…


Mike Passo

American Trails

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Bellingham, WA

Mike Passo is the Executive Director of American Trails. Mike has also served as the Executive…


Sarah Walter

Penn Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Carlisle, PA

Sarah is a licensed Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with prior experience in…


Pete Englund

Legacy Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Madrid, IA

Pete Englund had been performing crew based trail work across 12 different states for 18 years…


Daniel Whitaker

American River Parkway Foundation

Trainer Nonprofit

Carmichael, CA

Began on a trail crew with the Arizona Conservation Corps. We maintained trails in the Coronado…

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Hire Workers

There are 153 profiles on TrailSkills
with Interpretation experience.


Wesley Lamberson

Contractor Nonprofit

Knoxville, TN


David Alden StPierre


Beverly, MA

David Alden St. Pierre: A lifelong trail-lover, David has ridden, run, or hiked on trails all over…


Dustin London

Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA)


Littleton, CO

I have worked on trails for the last two years. The first year I was on a trails team and last…


Kevin Simpson

Mountain Surf Creative

Contractor Trainer Higher Education

Quincy, CA

Kevin founded Mountain Surf Creative in 2023 as a way to bring creative solutions to trail related…


Betsy Byrne

National Park Service


Salt Lake City, UT

I am a landscape architect with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation…


Craig Benton

Higher Education

Ottsville, PA

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American Trails Professional TrailBuilders Association Partnership for the National Trails System Northern Vermont University Northwest Arkansas Community College Eppley Institute Corps Network