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Trailer Backing

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Course Content and Outcomes:

Our trailer backing course is designed to provide beginners with hands-on experience in various backing techniques. Our four hour course covers basic equipment, hitching a trailer, and backing procedures for bumper pull trailers. This course is led by an all-woman instructor team and is intentionally designed for women to increase their skills in a controlled and supportive environment.


Students must provide their own vehicle and trailer, and have experience driving their vehicle and trailer in order to safely travel to White Sulphur Springs.


Safety is our number one priority. Instructors will provide hands-on technical instruction in a manner that allows participants to feel comfortable and empowered.

Physical Requirements

The course is physically demanding – students must be able to lift 20 lbs, bend at the waist, and be able to be on their feet for several hours at a time. Our courses take place in variable weather conditions and at times on uneven terrain.


We hope you are able to join us, if you require an accomodation in order to participate please reach out so we can work with you directly. Questions? Contact us!

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This four-hour course will be offered at three different times.

Course dates and start times* include:

June 1st 12:30pm

June 29th 12:30pm

June 30th 9am


This retreat offers an intentionally built, supportive learning environment for anyone who identifies as a woman. Participants must be 18 years or older.


White Sulphur Springs, Montana.

*Please plan ahead for your arrival, the course will start promptly at the designated time.

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Food and Lodging

Lodging and meals are NOT included in the course registration fee. Snacks will be provided. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice.


Please visit our Local Information page for more about available accommodations.

Equipment & Tools

Participants will need to bring their own insured vehicle and trailer to use during the course. While the course is hosted in a cow pasture, participants must possess a valid drivers license. Closed toe shoes are required and a pair of sturdy work gloves for hitching/unhitching the trailer are recommended.

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2024 rate: $100 per person. The registration fee covers course materials, snacks, and professional facilitation.

Scholarships and payment plans are available! Contact us for more info.


Payment is required upon registration.

Check or Credit Cards accepted. Details provided upon registration.


The course is limited to eight participants per section. Once the course is full (first come, first served), we will add names to a waitlist.


Registration for all four course dates will open on April 1st. 


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Course fees, minus a $50 cancellation fee, will be refunded if cancellation is made prior to 30 days before the start of the course. Fees are nonrefundable if cancellation is made within 30 days of the start of the course. In the event that the Work Skills Course is canceled by the Foundation due to public health concerns, full refunds will be issued for the course tuition.

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact us.

Trailer Backing Instructors

Amanda Pfaff

Amanda got her start with trailer backing while working for various corps programs. She started working as a Crew Member of Americorps NCCC and continued her conservation corps journey in training and supervision roles with corps including Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), Nevada Conservations Corps (NCC) and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC). She is now the Regional Director for the Greater Yellowstone region of MCC and continues to use her trailer backing skills in preparing the new Crew Leaders for a successful season.

Emily Garlough

Emily has been backing trailers for work and play ever since her first boss tossed her the keys and told her, "figure it out, because most girls don’t." Working with trailers has been and integral part of her work both as an arborist and a structure firefighter in Missoula. When Emily learned of the Trailer Backing courses, she jumped on the opportunity to teach so she could help others avoid some of the dings and dents that come along with learning this new skill.

Katie Weaver

Katie grew up a block from the Clark Fork River and spent much of her childhood exploring rivers across western Montana. Her earliest experience in pulling a trailer was behind a 4-wheeler. She is excited about working with women to build their confidence and skill in backing a trailer, especially for those days when there’s a long line at the boat ramp and the pressure is high. A self-professed river rat, Katie started her own business, Meadowlark Guide Co, where she leads multi-day river trips with elements of personal development, healing modalities, and adventure. She also works to support efforts that develop engaged and empowered community leaders across the state as faculty for MSU Extension.

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