20th American Trails National Symposium

FEATURED WORKSHOPS
The 20th American Trails National Symposium will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nov. 14-17, 2010.

 

In-depth seminars and meetings that cover several important educational topics.

arrow See more about Concurrent Sessions, plenary and Featured Programs, as well as Mobile Workshops.

arrow Download the full Symposium Program (pdf 14.75 mb)

arrow Download the Symposium Attendee Contact List (pdf 440 kb)

Featured Workshops

Want to get “up close and personal” with hot trail topics? The Trail Topic Mini-Workshops provide the occasion for you to be an active part of in-depth discussions and activities on different trail topics. These workshops will be repeated twice over the course of the afternoon Monday, November 15 allowing more time to explore the subjects in a hands-on participatory forum.

 

Saturday, November 13 & Sunday, November 14

 

The Art & Science of Trails

This two-day workshop will unveil the key elements of trail planning and design essential for long term sustainability. The ultimate goal is designing trails in natural settings that are ecologically sustainable, fun to travel, and respectful of the surrounding landscape. Workshop presenter: Woody Keen, Trail Dynamics LLC.

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Arizona State Parks Crew Leader Training

 

 

Sunday, November 14

 

Expand Your Trail Crew Leader Skills
Coordinated by Chinook Associates LLC, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

Critical to the success of any trail project is the Crew Leader. Participants in this half-day workshop will be introduced the skills needed to successfully lead a group on a trail project. Topics will include soft skills like: Safety/Risk Management, Crew/Individual Motivation and Teaching/Leading A Diverse Group. Technical skills that will be discussed are: Tread Maintenance, Vegetation Management, and Trail Construction.

 

Understanding Accessibility & Building Better Trails

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Arizona State Parks Crew Leader Training

Coordinated by American Trails, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

Sustainable trails are more accessible trails. Sustainable trails are better for the environment because they minimize trail impacts on the surrounding environment. With sustainability as the key concept, the objectives of this one-day workshop are to teach participants:

 

CANCELLED - Become a Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer
Coordinated by Tread Lightly!, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

While at the Symposium, don't miss your opportunity to participate in Tread Lightly!'s Tread Trainer® program. This program is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation.

 

Creating A Trail Maintenance Management Program
Coordinated by Chinook Associates LLC, a proud member of the National Trails Training Partnership

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Lebanon Mountain Trail Management Workshop

Millions of dollars annually are devoted to trail development across the country. Fundamental to the sustainability of this investment in a trail system is a Trail Maintenance Management Program. Participants in this workshop will be provided with an overview of the process to create a management program that will include: Creating a Trail Inventory, Managing Information, and Program Implementation Considerations.

 

ArcGIS Basics Workshop (Beginner)

ArcGIS is a desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) developed by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) that enables you to organize, maintain, visualize, analyze and map spatial information. This ArcGIS basics hands-on workshop provides a foundation for understanding the capabilities of ArcGIS GIS software.  You will be doing three exercises in the workshop. This half-day course gives hands-on experience and the conceptual overview of ArcGIS to add data, query data, explore data relationships, and make presentation maps.  This course does not cover the full functionality of ArcGIS.  The course teaches the basics of ArcGIS functionality and provides an excellent overview of the software. Students will receive a workshop manual and CD.

 

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Horse Trails Caucus

Horsemen, land managers, and other recreationists are invited to attend the 2010 American Trails National Symposium Horse Trails Caucus in an old fashioned ice cream social. The goal of the Horse Trails Caucus is to provide an opportunity for those interested in equestrian trails to meet and network at the conference in a forum specifically focused on equine trail use. There will be a moderated session in the first hour to share success stories and issues of concern that need attention on a national level. The second hour will provide social/networking time. Bring information about your trails and equestrian trail group to share with others (business cards, brochures, etc.).

 

Tuesday, November 16

 

CANCELLED - TRAILWARE 2.0 with HETAP 2.0 Overview: UTAP DATA MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE COURSE
Coordinated by American Trails and Beneficial Designs, Inc., proud members of the National Trails Training Partnership

TrailWare 2.0 and HETAP 2.0 are software programs for efficiently managing trail data collected through the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) or the High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP). TrailWare 2.0 and HETAP 2.0 make storing and analyzing data easier, allow for creating trail characteristic reports (e.g. grade, cross slope, width, obstructions, and surface) for management purposes, and allow for creating Trail Access Information reports suitable for distribution to trail users. The course will provide hands-on instruction on using TrailWare 2.0. A demonstration of HETAP 2.0 software will also be provided. Contact Beneficial Designs by email trails@beneficialdesigns.com for more information about computer requirements.

 

Trail Fundamentals and TMOs: Cornerstones of Effective Trail Management

During this hands-on training session, learn how to develop Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) and apply 5 key trail management concepts: Trail Type, Trail Class, Managed Use, Designed Use, and Design Parameters. Originally developed by the U.S. Forest Service, these concepts have been adopted and adapted by other federal and state agencies and partners in the development of trail prescriptions and effective trail management. Target Audience: Trail program managers, planners, technicians, advocates, and partners working in trail management, planning, inventory and development.

 

Wednesday, November 17

 

NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (NTTP) MEETING, Part I ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join us for an exploration of trails training in America. The NTTP partners invite the participation of agencies, states, communities and organizations in discussing strategies to make training more available to the nationwide trails community. Topics will include promoting training, identifying needs, training for accessibility and conservation corps, and efforts by states and trail organizations to provide more local training.

 

To learn more about the NTTP, visit www.TrailsTraining.net.

 

Thursday, November 18

 

NATIONAL TRAILS TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (NTTP) MEETING, Part II ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join us for a day-long exploration of trails training in America. (This is a continuation of Wednesday’s meeting.) The National Trails Training Partnership supporters and partners invite the participation of agencies, states, communities, and organizations in discussing strategies to make training more available to the nationwide trails community. Topics will include promoting training, identifying needs, training for accessibility and conservation corps, and efforts by states and trail organizations to provide more local training. In addition, attendees will discuss current priorities and identify topics for follow up.

 

Fundraising for Your Mission

Fundraising is often viewed as complicated, mysterious, and scary. It's assumed that you need to hire someone with appropriate credentials, as one would hire an accountant, plumber, or lawyer. However, at its heart, fundraising is one person asking another to get involved, provide help, take a stand, join a movement, to feel good. Successful fundraising is about responding to the needs of your donors in a respectful and thoughtful way. Join professional fundraising consultant, Andy Robinson, to learn about the broad range of fundraising options available, including grants, individual donors, and earned income (fees for service, etc.), as well as skills including creating a fundraising case statement that effectively tells your story, developing fundable projects, researching prospective funders, working with prospects to build relationships, making the "ask," and integrating fundraising throughout the organization.

 

 

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