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Trail training, workshops, and conferences on trail building, planning, management, land protection, organization development, motorized recreation, wilderness, leadership, tools, GIS data, parks, bike/ped facilities, nonmotorized transportation, funding, and stewardship:

2015 CALENDAR: Trail training, workshops, and conferences


2015 scheduled training events: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

See past training events from 2014



February 2015


February 3, 2015 — Webinar: Focus on Pedestrians: Sidewalks and Crosswalks

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Hosted by: Institute of Traffic Engineers. The webinar will discuss a study involving pedestrian safety, driver behavior, and the combination of both with the presence of an active Light Rail Transit facility.The City of Folsom, California had been exploring safety enhancements for users of the Folsom Parkway Rail Trail. The webinar will also provide the audience with information regarding the rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFB) used with pedestrian crossing signs, especially with respect to changes occurring with their design. Local agencies need comprehensive, systematic sidewalk inventory, inspection and repair programs.
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February 7, 2015 — Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Annual Meeting

  • Elon, NC
  • Reports on progress to build, maintain and promote the MST; Presentations about newly-opened sections of trail; A keynote address by Tom Earnhardt, writer and host of UNC-TV's Exploring NC, who just produced Highway to the Future about the MST; An update by State Parks Director Mike Murphy about the MST master plan; Workshops on: how to hike the trail, how MST trail towns can help promote the trail, and technology for hikers.
  • Info: or

February 7-12, 2015 — Hike the Hill

February 8-11, 2015 — The Corps Network National Conference

  • Washington, DC
  • Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from Federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations. Our theme is “Tackling America's Greatest Challenges” – a direct reference to The Corps Network's new mission statement. Throughout the conference we will highlight how The Corps Network and Corps programs tackle America's greatest challenges, provide critical leadership to the Corps Movement, and help young people transform their lives for the better.
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February 15-18, 2015 — US Play Coalition's Conference on the Value of Play

  • Clemson, SC
  • Attendees of the annual conference come from diverse fields including park and recreation professionals, educators, researchers, health scientists, landscape architects, business leaders, psychologists, parents, physicians, and many more.
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February 16-20, 2015 — Association of Partners for Public Lands Convention and Trade Show

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Join professionals from the public lands community for this annual event that brings together nonprofits, land management agencies and vendors for three days of shared learning, idea exchange and collaboration. The program is packed with panel discussions, dynamic learning formats, special events, a premier trade show and lots of opportunities for networking.
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February 19, 2015 — Webinar: Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety. This free webinar highlights many of BIKESAFE's newest features and innovative countermeasures. Presenters will discuss how practitioners can use BIKESAFE to analyze crashes and implement new treatments as well as how to identify options to improve bicycle safety.
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February 22 - 25, 2015 — Active Living Research Conference 2015

  • San Diego, CA
  • The goal of the conference is to provide more opportunities for exchange on how to use evidence to increase physical activity in many settings. Implementation science needs to be applied to active living. What predicts which policies are implemented well? What strategies can practitioners apply to improve policy implementation? How can advocates monitor the quality of implementation?
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February 23 - 25, 2015 — National Physical Activity Plan Congress

  • Washington, DC
  • In 2010 a National Physical Activity Plan was released. The NPAP Congress 2015 will bring together a diverse group of experts and key stakeholders — representing nine sectors — to review and revise the existing Plan. It is through experts, organizational partners, state liaisons and many individuals throughout the United States that the vision becomes reality.
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March 2015


March 3-6, 2015 — Texas Recreation & Park Society Institute & Expo

March 10-13, 2015 — California Park & Recreation Society Annual Conference & Expo

March 10-12, 2015 — National Bike Summit and National Forum on Women & Bicycling

  • Washington, DC
  • This year's theme -- Bikes+ -- focuses on new ideas for exponential growth. We'll zero in on ways the bike movement, in combination with strong partners, can add value to other big issues of the day and find powerful champions in health, community development and the business sector.
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April 2015


April 11-14, 2015 —Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Join us—and global park leaders, and advocates, urban planning and design professionals, and city officials, to explore the latest innovations in urban park creation, revitalization, and stewardship. With more public open space than any other metropolitan area in the U.S., and a deep cultural attachment to parks and the outdoors, San Francisco is a shining example of how creativity and innovation can be applied to park systems for the benefit of urban communities.
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April 12-16, 2015 — National Outdoor Recreation Conference

  • Annapolis, MD
  • The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals and the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium are proud to join forces and present the 2015 National Outdoor Recreation Conference. This year we are seeking presentations about research projects, creative approaches to current and future challenges, modern vision for outdoor recreation, innovative partnerships, new and exciting collaborations, use of technology, entrepreneurial solutions, cultivating political and community support, and other case studies that present new ideas and tools that contribute and create a lasting and sustainable future for outdoor recreation.
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April 13-14, 2015 — Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts

  • Washington, DC
  • Transportation Research Board will bring together professionals in the fields of transportation, urban planning, public health, health care, and health economics to explore the state of the art and state of the practice on quantifying the public health outcomes of active transportation.
  • Info: See website

April 13-17, 2015 — Leadership in Accessibility Management for Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Settings

  • Kansas City, KS
  • Sessions will include discussions of the characteristics and needs of people with disabilities, legislative mandates and litigation, accessibility standards and common errors, the application of universal design to park, recreation and cultural environments, program access, considerations for conducting accessibility assessments, visitor use and marketing, and comprehensive planning. Examples and best practices in accessibility management will be presented throughout the sessions. Field exercises will give participants an opportunity to understand how to identify and determine physical and programmatic barriers, along with good examples that have been implemented, and also discussion of the considerations for prioritization of physical and programmatic barrier removal.
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April 15-17, 2015 — Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum

  • Burns, TN
  • The 2015 statewide conference will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park. The Greenways and Trails Program is looking for Sponsors, a Keynote Speaker and other speakers for the educational sessions of the Forum. Please let us know if you would like to speak about your creative and innovative greenway project.
  • Info: or call 615-532-0753

April 22-24, 2015 — California Trails and Greenways Conference

  • Yosemite, CA
  • Provides trail professionals, advocates, volunteers and users with a venue for sharing practical, up-to-date trail management and advocacy skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, inter-connected, and sustainable non-motorized trail systems. Since 1985, this investment of knowledge by California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation has helped ensure trail stewardship and leadership for generations to come.
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April 18-21, 2015 — National Planning Conference

  • Seattle, WA
  • Sustainability. Climate change. Transportation. Economic development. What's at the top of your community's planning agenda? Come to the peak event in planning and come away with the answers you need.
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May 2015


May 17-20, 2015 — American Trails International Trails Symposium

  • Portland, OR
  • The Symposium addresses every aspect of trails, greenways, and blueways. Learn from dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops and network with experts and enthusiasts from across the globe.
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June 2015


June 27 - July 1, 2015 — 15th Conference on National Scenic & Historic Trails

  • Franklin, TN
  • Hosted by the Natchez Trace Parkway Association with The Partnership for the National Trails System.
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