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Region 6

June 27th-30th

Gifford Pinchot National Forest




The Region 6 Wilderness Skills College provides an opportunity to access high quality skill building for those who engage in wilderness work in the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region. It offers excellent opportunities for connecting Wilderness stewards – agency, partners, and volunteers across Oregon and Washington state.


This year's event is a four-day training. The first day is a plenary session where all participants will remain together. For the last three days, we break into different field groups. These groups are based on how challenging the terrain is and distance traveled is. Some groups will go on two-night backpacking trips and there will also be at least one group that does only day hikes for people who are not able or wanting to backpack overnight.

Acceptance to the event will be based on training needs, nomination, and equity of different forests to attend. Applications to attend will be accepted until May 10th, 2024. You will be notified as to if you are accepted and the specific training group you are in one week prior to the event.

While this is a no-cost training, participants must be self-sufficient with food and gear for the duration. Please note that you must use a unique email address for each person registered. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jasmine Berg:


Location & Accommodations

This year's Region 6 Wilderness Skills College will take place at the Wind River Training Center on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Camping will be provided near the Training Center to academy participants.

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