TREAD LIGHTLY! WORKS
WITH CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS TO PROVIDE TRAINING
COURSES THROUGHOUT THE STATE
OGDEN, Utah (January 5, 2010) — Tread
Lightly!, through a grant provided by the
California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor
Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division, has
announced six, no cost training courses to be
held in 2010 throughout the state. Since
2003, Tread Lightly!'s train-the-trainer
program, Tread Trainerä, has provided
individuals from Puerto Rico to Alaska with
instruction in innovative, practical methods of
spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a
curriculum specifically focused on motorized and
"This type of schedule is a first in the six
years of the Tread Trainer program’s existence,"
reports Tread Lightly!’s executive director,
"Because the need for outdoor ethics training
around the country has intensified, we’ve begun
to focus our efforts on individual states."
With the opportunity to train so many outdoor
recreationists, land managers and instructors in
California, Tread Lightly! hopes to more fully
incorporate its message of responsible outdoor
recreation in OHV education programs, employee
and volunteer training, and throughout the
state's many recreation areas.
"The Tread Lightly! ethic is a critical
component to enjoying and protecting our
beautiful state," said Daphne Greene, California
State Parks OHV division deputy director.
"By offering this educational opportunity to
willing volunteers, we are investing in a better
future for our children by teaching people to
value and protect our trails, parks and
"The Tread Trainer program is of utmost
importance as it embodies the true meaning of
what our organization is all about: people
educating themselves and doing their part to
behave responsibly while recreating outdoors,"
Individuals that complete the one-day Tread
Trainer course become representatives of Tread
Lightly!. Tread Trainers present the Tread
Lightly! message of responsible recreation
practices to other educators, clubs, government
employees, outdoor enthusiasts or community
members. Presentations often focus on
guidelines for minimizing recreational impacts
as well as motivating individuals to be
ambassadors of their chosen activity.
Since the program's launch, Tread Lightly!
has increased its outreach ten fold and has made
nearly a quarter of a million face-to-face
As a long time partner of Tread Lightly!,
California State Parks is the first state to
work with the organization to provide the Tread
Trainer course on such a large scale. The
California State Parks OHMVR Division's recent
underwriting of the 2010 Tread Trainer courses
came through a grant from their 2008/2009 Grants
and Cooperative Agreements Program.
In addition to the Tread Trainer courses, two
Master Trainer courses will also be offered in
the California schedule. The Master
Trainer course is an intensive two-day workshop
designed to create volunteers equipped to train
trainers on behalf of Tread Lightly!.
Tread Trainer course schedule:
January 23, 2010 – Paso Robles, CA
February 27, 2010 – Ontario, CA
March 20, 2010 – San Jose, CA
April 10, 2010 – Borrego Springs, CA
Master Trainer course schedule:
May 14 & 15, 2010 – Rancho Cordova, CA
June 11 &12, 2010 – Ontario, CA
Individuals interested in the Tread Trainer
program can go to
www.treadlightly.org for more information or
to register for a course. Each course is
free, but a credit card is required to register.