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Call for Presentations -- Deadline for Submitting Proposals was May 14, 2004

The Program Team will review all submissions and contact session coordinators and presenters no later than July 30, 2004. For questions regarding the program or proposals, please contact the Program Team Chair: Dr. John Collins, University of North Texas, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion & Recreation, (940) 565-3422 or

Join us on October 21-24, 2004 for the 17th National Trails Symposium. American Trails, the leading national organization that promotes the interests of all types of trail users, is your host for the Symposium, along with local partners Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Texas Trails Network. The Symposium is a premier opportunity for greenways and trails advocates, managers, planners, builders, and users, as well as environmental, tourism, real estate developers, and business interests, to come together to strengthen America's remarkable network of trails and experience an inspirational, educational, and fun-filled conference.

The theme for the 2004 Symposium is The Emerging Role of Trails in American Lifestyles. Trails are no longer the exclusive domain of the solitude-loving wilderness seeker or the dedicated fitness enthusiast. Whether facilitating transportation alternatives, providing recreational and educational opportunities, encouraging well-being, exploring history and heritage, or bringing together people of all ages and connecting communities, trails have become a prominent factor in how and where we choose to live our lives. The prominent role of trails in the American lifestyle contributes significantly to its phenomenal popularity and growth. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that President Bush is proposing $125 million for a new "healthy cities" initiative that would provide money for trails and other programs to combat a national crisis of obesity and associated health problems. Communities are already "walking the walk" and leading the way in demonstrating the correlation between trails and healthy minds, bodies, spirits and communities.

Call for Presentations/Topics

To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium's theme. We expect to offer 60 to 65 sessions, each lasting 75 minutes. In addition, if you would like to make your presentation in a smaller scale format, please consider the Poster Session. This is an opportunity to display information about your project or issue to a wide audience. Posters will be displayed in a common area throughout the Symposium. Individuals displaying posters will also have an opportunity to share their "story" and to meet with interested attendees at designated times during the Symposium.

The Program Committee is particularly seeking presentations that introduce new ideas, convey useful strategies, identify lessons learned, and strengthen participants' existing skills and knowledge in the spirit of the Symposium theme. Potential topics for presentations include, but are not limited to, the general topic areas listed below:

1. Benefits (health, mental, physical, social, spiritual, environmental, heritage awareness, economic, and tourism)

2. Connectivity (local, regional, intra-state, interstate, multi-jurisdictional, multi-cultural, transportation alternatives, trail systems)

3. Partnerships (developers, private land owners, utility companies, urban designers,

volunteers, youth and Youth Corps, and diversity issues)

4. Funding, Promotion, and Marketing (grant sources, fundraising, Internet websites, media, press releases, and news bulletins)

5. Policy, Legislation, and Advocacy (compliance, liability, organizing, lobbying, and outreach)

6. Special Considerations (cultural, historical, archeological, ADA, educational interpretation, environmental attributes, organization management, risk management, liability, and safety)

7. Planning and Design (master planning, urban/rural interface, shared use, conflicts, land acquisition, signage, design techniques, accessibility, and mapping)

8. Construction and Maintenance (equipment, funding, and volunteers)

For additional information about the program, please contact the Program Committee Chair: Dr. John Collins, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, University of North Texas, 1921 Chestnut St., Denton, TX 76203, (940) 565-3422 or


The Program Committee looks forward to receiving your ideas. Due to the tremendous number of proposals expected, we will not be able to accept every proposal and we may combine individual proposals with similar topics to create a Panel Session. We anticipate over 150 presenters. Unfortunately, with these numbers, we are unable to pick up expenses, so speakers are expected to pay the Symposium registration fee. A limited number of scholarships may be available to offset some costs. To submit a proposal, please refer to the attached submission instructions. Proposals are due by October 4, 2004.

The Symposium and Austin, Texas

The Symposium will be held October 21-24, 2004. Centrally located in Texas, this state capital has a temperate climate and is rich in history, culture and recreational opportunities - and to top it off, bills itself as the "live music capital of the world." Austin is often called a city within a park. Town Lake bisects the center of downtown and is surrounded by 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, with access to parks, nature centers and wilderness preserves. The Symposium will be held at the Austin Convention Center, in proximity to the trail and quality accommodations.

A detailed registration booklet will be available in June, 2004, but to help you plan now, the cost of the Symposium will range from $320 early bird registration for an American Trails member to $420 for regular registration, non-member. Lodging will start at $85 plus tax. For the most current information about the Symposium please visit, or contact the American Trails office at (530) 547-2060 or by email at For information regarding the Symposium location, visit the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau website at, Texas Trails Network at and Austin Parks and Recreation Department at




Please submit the following information for your proposal by October 7, 2004.

Please limit your response to items 1 through 5 to a single page, left justified, 11 point font minimum:

1. Proposed Title of Presentation.

2. Describe the presentation and its purpose.

3. List three learning objectives. Examples:

Topic: "Armored Crossings: A Bridge Under Troubled Water"


a. To explore alternatives to bridge building

b. To outline how to repair and prevent erosion in trouble-prone areas

c. To list alternative ways to reinforce loose soils

Topic: "Transportation Alternatives, Connectivity, and Walkability"


a. To describe how land use and transportation facilities affect

transportation mode choice

b. To discuss initiatives and methods to improve walking and bicycling

conditions, leading to improved quality of life

c. To list types of facilities and land uses that support walking and

bicycling for destination-oriented trips as well as for recreation

Suggested verbs for writing learning outcomes include:

count -- define -- describe -- identify -- list -- name -- outline -- quote -- read -- recall -- recognize -- reproduce -- state -- write -- discuss -- give -- estimate -- xamples -- predict -- summarize

Do not use:

know -- understand -- appreciate -- enhance -- grasp -- improve -- learn

4. What benefits do you expect that attendees will gain from your presentation?

5. How will your proposed session relate or contribute to the Symposium theme, The Emerging Role Of Trails In American Lifestyles?

6. Under what general topic area(s) do you think your proposal falls? Please refer to the list of potential topics in the Call for Presentations and list by category number.

7. Which presentation type do you propose? Choose your first priority from the following: a. Individual Presentation (single speaker)

b. Panel Presentation (multiple speakers on a related topic)

c. Posters: displayed throughout the length of the Symposium

8. What is your contact information? Please provide the following:

  • Name and Title
  • Affiliation/Organization
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Email Address
  • Website Address (if applicable for your topic or organization)
  • If proposing a Panel Presentation, please provide the same contact information for each speaker and the moderator.

9. Please list any anticipated A/V equipment needs.

In order to expedite the presentation review process, we require that all proposals be submitted electronically (email, floppy disk or CD). If possible, save the document in Rich Text Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (doc) and scan for viruses prior to submission. Applicants are welcome to submit up to two attachments (documents, photos, brochures, publications, videos, etc.) that help to further describe or clarify the topic/presentation. Attachments need not be in electronic format, but they must be submitted with the proposal.

For questions regarding the program or proposals, please contact the Program Team Chair: Dr. John Collins, University of North Texas, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion & Recreation, (940) 565-3422 or The Program Team will review all submissions and contact session coordinators and presenters no later than July 30, 2004.

Deadline for Submitting Proposals was May 14, 2004