TRAIL SAFE! is a unique safety training program designed specifically for National Park Service (NPS) Trail Volunteers, but is useful to everyone! It’s based upon NPS Operational Leadership Training, where the Human Factor of safety is explored.Trail Safe! captures the core learning objectives of the 16 hour Operational Leadership course while allowing volunteers to learn from their own homes on-line.

The Trail Safe! series is found below in eight video lessons, each ranging in length from 18 to 40 minutes long. Viewing the entire eight lesson series will take approximately three hours. Watch them over the course of multiple days, or “binge watch” the entire series in three hours—it’s up to you—but please watch them in numeric order from Lesson 1 through Lesson 8.

After viewing each individual lesson, return to the Trail Safe! main page and scroll down to learn how to get credit. The Training Verification Roster is in email format, with several standard data questions for you to answer (where you volunteer, your mailing address, etc.).

Register yourself (and others if you are watching as a group) to receive credit for participation. When you have viewed and registered for all eight individual lessons, each volunteer will receive a Trail Safe! pin and a SPE/GAR card in the mail for your use in the field. Not sure what a SPE/GAR card is? You will after viewing the Trail Safe! series! Thank you for helping to make the Ice Age National Scenic Trail one of the safest work environments for NPS Trail Volunteers like yourself.

Ready to start? Simply select which lesson you want to watch from the choices below. Click the link below to watch each Trail Safe! lesson. To turn Closed Captioning on or off, click the CC button on the video.

Thank you for your participation in the Trail Safe! video training series.

In order to receive credit for your participation, please email your responses to the questions below to: (please include underscore between first and last name). Please title your email: “Trail Safe Training Reply” fill in your answers to the following questions (copy and paste the following template questions and email your responses to in your return email message):

1.Which video lesson did you just complete viewing (i.e. : #1, #2, #3…)?

2.Name of the Trail where you volunteer (i.e.: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area).

3.Your name and full mailing address, so we may send your course completion materials to you (i.e.: Jane Smith, 123 Maple Street, Anywhere, USA 12345).

4.Optional: Please let us know what you found most useful about this lesson.

5.Optional: Please let us know any comments or suggestions you have about this lesson.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the video series. Upon registering your completion for the entire eight lesson series, you’ll receive your Trail Safe! pin and risk assessment card via mail.


Daniel Watson
Trail Safe! Program Manager
National Park Service