Step up your hiking in 2017!!

If you’re looking to start hiking more this year, or to find new opportunities to learn and grow in your outdoor experiences, several of our partners are offering courses and hikes to help you! We’ve gathered together a list of them from around the region including MEDIC’s Wilderness First Aid, River Rock Outfitter’s GirlsGO!, and REI’s Overnight Backpacking in Shenandoah National Park.

Wilderness First Aid

April 15-16, 2017
MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School, Charlottesville, VA
Want to be confident you’ll be able to handle an injury or emergency on the trail? Wilderness First Aid Certification is an excellent way to gain the skills you’ll need. If you register for their Saturday, January 7 class in Charlottesville, Virginia, MEDIC will donate 10% of your registration fee to the Trust. Click here to learn more.

GirlsGO! Women’s Outdoor Series

River Rock Outfitters, Fredericksburg, VA
GirlsGO! Stands for Girls Get Outside, a new series of classes and experiences from River Rock Outfitters for for women of all ages who are looking for an adventure. The GirlsGO! clinics are a three-part series that includes skills lessons on the basics, the essentials, and a “get outdoors” activity. These clinics are taught by a group of expert, adventure seeking women who have years of experience in their sports. Click here to learn more.

Local REI Events:

Find Your Park: Shenandoah National Park
Richmond REI  |  Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

PATC Presents Best Trails in Shenandoah National Park
Bailey’s Crossroads REI  |  Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Shenandoah Hiking Series: Little Devil Stairs
Fairfax REI  |  Saturday, April 08, 2017, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Overnight Backpacking in Shenandoah National Park
Fairfax REI  |  Saturday, April 08, 2017, 8:00 AM – Sunday, April 09, 2017, 5:00 PM

Hiking the Appalachian Trail – Trip Planning
Washington DC REI  |  Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Interested in more?  Check out these hiking resources from two of our local partners!

 Click here to read a Cville Weekly compilation of local hikes written by Charlottesville native Susanna Byrd.


Click here to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s April issue and be inspired by your park in their “Power of the Parks” story. Shenandoah is featured and recognized as a “crown jewel” among the southeastern national parks!