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Day Hiking Leadership Training (In Person & Virtual)

Bridge and trail at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center. Photo by Christine Karge Dewey.
Photo by Christine Karge Dewey.

Date & Time:

Sat, Aug 14 • 11:30 am


Bemis Woods-North
Wolf Rd, south of 31st St
Cook County, IL 60523 (view web map)
(near Oak Brook)


Calling all teachers, group leaders & youth educators! Our Day Hiking Leadership Training program gets youth and groups of all ages outside by empowering teachers and group leaders with the skills and resources they need to lead safe and fun outdoor experiences. We will focus on:

  • Thoughtful trip planning
  • Risk management practices
  • Memorable outdoor activities
  • Outdoor ethics
  • Hiking best practices
  • Appropriate gear and more

Training will include two mandatory portions: An online portion available starting Tuesday, August 3 consisting of classroom work and an in-person portion on Saturday, August 14. In-person portion will include a group day hike, gear inventory and lending processes. Online portion must be completed prior to the in-person portion. Participants must be at least 18 years or older, be affiliated with institution and be present on hiking trips to borrow gear.

All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. 

If interested, please email katherine.grundin@cookcountyil.gov with name and organization. Exact start time and location to be determined based on participants.


  • 708-386-4042
  • experience.camping@cookcountyil.gov