We hire ten students (ages 14-18) from area high schools and put them to work – to include life lessons.

Our nationally recognized and award-winning Student Trail Crew is a summer work program, located in Plumas and Lassen National Forest, for high school teens. Our program teaches teens how to build trails, survive in the outdoors and gain employable life skills.

Student Trail Crew members are supervised by two adult leaders that are familiar with the work area, are experts in trail restoration, and are well versed in backcountry safety. Storrie Student Trail Crew live in tents, cook meals, and practice Leave No Trace camping – all working and living together in an outdoor community. Food and transport are provided. Storrie is a partnership program with the Plumas and Lassen National Forest using fire restoration dollars.

Teaching Key Stewardship Concepts

  • Safety and Outdoor Awareness
  • Sustainable Trail Building Techniques
  • Wilderness Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Tool Care
  • Accountability and Teamwork

Student Responsibilities

  • Commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Safe and Substance Free
  • Camping
  • Strength and Resiliency
  • Quality
  • And Most of All – Having Fun!

Trail Skills Learned

  • Backcountry Safety
  • Brushing and Scouting
  • Tread Maintenance
  • Cross Cut and Hand Saw Training
  • Hand Tool Field Maintenance
  • Drainage Design and Installation
  • Rock Retaining Walls
  • Turnpike Construction
  • Cooking Food in the Outdoors – although not specifically a trail skill but they’ll be hungry for sure!

SBTS Professional Instructors

Two professional, lead trail instructors will be present at all times with the following qualities:

  • Professional knowledge of trails and surrounding area
  • Genuine enthusiasm for trail work that engages students
  • Patience with those new to the subject
  • A positive attitude
  • A clear speaking voice and ability to communicate
  • A clear understanding of the importance of safety
  • Wilderness First Responder

Available Certificates for Students

By participating in the Student Trail Program, students will have the opportunity to earn:

  • Basic First Aid
  • CPR
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Basic Trail Maintenance Certification
  • Hand Tool Certification
  • Cross Cut and Hand Saw Certification
  • Outdoor Cooking Skills

Educational Experiences Beyond Trail Work

Guest speakers will be invited to discuss:

  • Nutrition and Eating Right
  • Watershed and Forestry
  • Trail Facts and Area History
  • Botany, Archaeology and Wildlife
  • Healthy Trails = Healthy Communities



Want to be part of our next Student Trail Crew?

  1. Print out both pages of the Downieville or Plumas application (below) and fill out.
  2. Email to Mandy at mandy@sierratrails.org or mail to PO Box 26 Graeagle, CA 96103.

Downieville High School crew

A day crew in Sierra County: 6/17-7/2, Monday-Thursday.
Application deadline is March 30th, 2020.

Plumas Day Crew

6/17-7/2, Monday-Thursday
Application deadline is March 30th, 2020.

Storrie Camping Crew (Plumas)

7/6-8/6, Monday-Thursday.
Application deadline is March 30th, 2020.

High School Crew Leader Position

We are so excited to be running Youth Crews this summer and growing the program.  These programs don’t work without stellar Crew Leaders.  If you or someone you know is interested in leading this youth empowerment program check out the position posting below!

Preparing to Go to Work!

Learning the Value of Teamwork

Backcountry Safety Education from Wilderness Medical Expert Dr. Rob Bixler

We teamed up with the awesome staff of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and Feather River College for a sweet week of trail building, mountain bike riding, and river swimming in Quincy. So much fun!
– NorCal High School Cycling League via Facebook, July 2016

Trail Wall Construction – Building the Puzzle

First Aid Training

Memorable Experiences