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Calendar of Trails Training

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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

 

2015 TRAINING CALENDAR

 

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.
  • Info: http://americantrails.org/ee/index.php/symposium/2015

May 1-2, 2015 — East Coast Greenway Alliance Spring State of the Greenway Summit

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • It will be from 9:00 to 5:00 located at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row. There will be a reception at 5:30 on the Schuylkill Banks, just north of the Schuylkill Boardwalk.
  • Info: http://www.greenway.org/events or info@greenway.org

May 4-5, 2015 — PedalMN Bicycle Conference

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • This year’s conference theme is "Building the Bike Friendly State℠." Bicycling promotes and supports local economies, tourism, the environment and health improvement. Plan now to attend to learn how you can make your community more bicycle friendly.
  • Info: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/

May 5-7, 2015 — New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Workshop

  • Tijeras, NM
  • National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, US Forest Service Region 3, and US Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office. The workshop will focus on OHV trail maintenance, rehabilitation, improvement and relocation. Hands-on field training will be emphasized.
  • Info: http://www.nohvcc.org/Education/Workshops/NMOHVWorkshop2015

May 5, 2015 — FHWA / PBIC Webinar on Agency Leadership and Pedestrian Safety

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
  • The session will focus on how state, local, and regional agencies have raised the profile of pedestrian safety issues and launched programs to prioritize pedestrian safety as a focus area and influence cultural changes within their agencies and departments. Panelists representing a variety of agencies will describe how pedestrian safety became a priority.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7742358826800533506

May 6, 2015 — National Bike to School Day

May 10, 2015 — Advanced Trail Maintenance

  • Westchester, Teatown Lake Reservation, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This one-day crew work and training session provides the skills necessary to carry out intermediate maintenance with a crew on a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn and carry out a variety of tasks as the trails demands including assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, water and erosion control and proper use of tools.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/clone-advanced-trail-maintenance-trail-u-954

May 12, 2015 — Federal Policy Update

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Tune in to hear from League of American Bicyclists staff about the latest news from Capitol Hill. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.bikewalkalliance.org/trainings/calls-webinars/event/54

May 12 (repreated May 14), 2015 — Webinar: Learn more about the Every Kid in a Park Initiative

  • Online Webinar: 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET
  • Tthe “Every Kid in a Park” initiative was announced in early 2015 to provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to their federal lands and waters for a full year. Join us for a webinar to learn more about this exciting initiative, and ways that you can participate. Speakers will discuss the various program developments that are currently underway as well as a timeline for upcoming events.
  • Info: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W8eEo08k55BISj6RPx4rJoLNuKKBN95ZwvFSN-_7Pa0

May 13 - 15, 2015 — Mayors Bike Summit

  • Madison, WI
  • The United States Conference of Mayors sponsors the event. Leaders in transportation policy and planning and the bicycling industry, will share what you need to know now to develop and promote a thriving biking culture in your community. Each session will offer the opportunity for engaging discussion with presenters and participants.
  • Info: https://www.cityofmadison.com/mayorsbikesummit/index.cfm

May 14-17, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Buena Vista, CO
  • Hosted by: Ark Valley Velo and Salida Mountain Trails. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=508&reset=1

May 15, 2015 — National Bike to Work Day

  • Across America
  • More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, hundreds of American communities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuting by providing Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day events.
  • Info: http://bikeleague.org/content/bike-month-dates-events-0

May 15-17, 2015 — Appalachian Trail Days

  • Damascus, VA
  • Trail Days will celebrate the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), hikers, sponsors, vendors, families and friends as we come together to celebrate the A.T. and all who have played a role in making the Trail what it is today.
  • Info: http://www.traildays.us

May 17, 2015 — Trail Supervisor Training

May 20, 2015 —Webinar: Law Enforcement Strategies to Improve Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • Tune in to hear from League of American Bicyclists staff about the latest news from Capitol Hill. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.bikewalkalliance.org/trainings/calls-webinars/event/54

May 21-24, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Montrose, CO
  • Hosted by: Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program teaches the art and science of trailbuilding by interactive learning and hands-on trailwork. The Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=510&reset=1

May 22, 2015 — Webinar: Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
  • Sponsored by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx challenged mayors across the country to take a leadership role in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety. This webinar will feature three of the mayors who have responded to the Challenge and task you to get involved in your mayor's initiative or to get your mayor involved.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2100804247494925314

May 29, 2015 — Miami Valley Cycling Summit

  • Piqua, OH
  • The Miami Valley Cycling Summit aims to use the power of cycling to drive economic development in communities both large and small throughout the region. This year’s theme is “Cycling Cultivates.”
  • Info: http://cyclingsummit.com

June 2015

 

June 2-5, 2015 — Velo-City

  • Nantes, France
  • The Velo-city conference series is the major global platform for the exchange of vision, knowledge, expertise, and good practice for cycling as part of daily transport and recreation. More specifically, Velo-city promotes the integration of urban cycle planning into all the relevant public policy sectors, including transport planning, land development, public health, education, environment, economy, and energy.
  • Info: http://www.velo-city2015.com/en/about/velo-city-series/

June 2, 2015 — Webinar: Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Sponsored by Federal Highway Administration. The webinar highlights the new Separated Bike Lanes Planning and Design Guide. The Guide supports FHWA's National Performance Objective to protect and enhance the natural and human environment, foster livable communities, and increase the implementation of sustainable highway practices. The Guide is a resource for practitioners and stakeholders as they plan and design separated bike lanes and implement connected bike networks.
  • Info: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/Lists/Seminars/DispForm.aspx?ID=595

June 4-6, 2015 — Georgia Trail Summit

  • Athens, GA
  • In 2014, a dynamic committee planned the first trail summit in Georgia in 15 years, to provide connections, share knowledge, and further the trail projects already happening in Georgia. Trails includes rail-trails, greenways, blueways, multi-purpose paths, equestrian trails, and thematic trails based on history, culture, and food.
  • Info: http://georgiatrailsummit.com

June 4, 2015 — Webinar: Measuring the Economic Impact of Nonmotorized Transportation

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sponsored by Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. This webinar will explore methods that can be used to evaluate the economic benefits of nonmotorized transportation investments based on a recent report from the Federal Highway Administration, Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Nonmotorized Transportation. The report documents a variety of economic benefits of these investments and provides a resources for communities who are interested in measuring the economic impact of future projects.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2031873665300242945

June 6, 2015 — National Trails Day

  • On trails across America
  • American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is the country’s largest celebration of trails.Events will take place in every state across the country and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
  • Info: http://www.nationaltrailsday.org

June 10-12, 2015 — Iowa's first statewide bicycle-friendly business conference

  • Quad Cities, IA and IL
  • The Iowa Association of Business and Industry “Taking Care of Business” Conference will be Iowa’s first statewide bicycle friendly business conference. Participants will be encouraged to bring their bicycles and commute between different venues using the Quad Cities premier trails system which features the Mississippi River Trail and American Discovery Trail. The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau is making its fleet of rental bicycles available to the group, is preparing special bicycle route maps for the conference and installing special temporary signage to connect attendees, trails, and the venues.
  • Info: www.iowaabi.org/en/events_calendar/2015_taking_care_of_business_conference/

June 10-13, 2015 — International Snowmobile Congress

  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • The 47th International Snowmobile Congress will be held at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. This event is dedicated to the development of strategies on our common role with respect to the environment, conservation, access, education and accountability.
  • Info: http://www.isc2015.com

June 14, 2015 — Trail Layout & Design

  • Fleischmanns, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Attendees will learn guidelines for laying out a safe, exciting, and ecologically sound trail. Students will learn to understand the humanity in a trail: what makes one trail more enjoyable and satisfying than another. After discussing for a short time indoors, participants will have the opportunity to design a new trail segment.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-layout-and-design-second-sundays-spillian-trail-u-941

June 17, 2015 — Webinar: First Mile/ Last Mile Connections to Transit

June 18-19, 2015 — Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

  • Portland, OR
  • Hosted by Portland State University. This course is designed to help transportation planning and engineering faculty integrate bicycle and pedestrian topics into their courses. The course focuses on a holistic approach to teaching transportation engineering and planning by integrating design for bicycles and pedestrians. In addition, the course provides an understanding of state-of-the art practice. Participants will receive learning materials to broaden their curriculum and provide resources for course design.
  • Info: www.pdx.edu/ibpi/integrating-bike-ped-topics-into-university-transportation-courses

June 24-26, 2015 — National Water Trails Forum

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Meet, learn best practices from and begin a lasting network of fellow and aspiring National Water Trails (NWT) leaders. Attend plenary and breakout sessions planned based on input from NWT volunteers and staff, and discover Southeast Michigan’s scenic water trails with the enthusiasm and expertise of our water trails hosts!
  • Info: http://www.river-management.org/river-management-workshop

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

  • Franklin, TN
  • The Natchez Trace Parkway Association and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will host this year's conference themed, "Find Your Trail: Planning Pathways into the 21st Century". Learn from educational sessions, mobile workshops, key note speakers and networking with other trail experts and volunteers.
  • Info: http://www.pnts.org/

July 2015

 

July 6-7, 2015 — 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference

  • Melbourne, Queensland, Australia
  • With Melbourne being named the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row, it is only fitting that the 2015 conference is being held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park. 2015 will be our 8th Annual Conference, continuing our support for improving the quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities. You are invited to join us as we continue our focus on healthy, sustainable, resilient cities as we address the conference theme, Liveable Cities for the Future.
  • Info: http://www.healthycities.com.au/index.html

July 12, 2015 — Building Foot Bridges

July 14, 2015 — Federal Policy Update

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Tune in to hear from League of American Bicyclists staff about the latest news from Capitol Hill. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.bikewalkalliance.org/trainings/calls-webinars/event/55

July 17-24, 2015 — Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference

  • Winchester, VA
  • The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Biennial Conference theme is "Hiking Through History" and will be held at Shenandoah University. It is co-hosted by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and Mountain Club of Maryland.
  • Info: See website

Junly 20, 2015 — Webinar: Innovative Bicycle Facility Treatments

  • Online Webinar: 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm ET
  • Sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers. The primary goals of this webinar are to familiarize transportation engineers/planners with the newest innovations in the bicycle facility design practice. The webinar will discuss recent developments in available design guidance and considerations when designing these facilities.
  • Info: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/item/id/534091/q/n=2&o=t&c=79&t=2125&t=2118

July 26-30, 2015 — Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

  • Portland, OR
  • Hosted by Portland State University. This course covers the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of interactive classroom sessions and field tours. The course will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and provide you with skills, practical first steps, and diverse perspectives needed to get started on your next project. Topics typically covered are: *Creating a bike plan *Bicycle facilities *Policies for active transportation *Suburban bikeway design *Connections: transit, trails, bridges *Encouragement progams *Health and equity *Creating a count program *The role of research *Funding
  • Info: www.pdx.edu/ibpi/comprehensive-bikeway-design-10

August 2015

 

August 1-5, 2015 — Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting

August 3-5, 2015 — North Dakota State Trails Conference

  • Valley City, ND
  • Sponsored by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department at Fort Ransom State Park. Don’t miss the 4th annual conference that brings together trail advocates, managers, and users from across the state.
  • Info: http://www.ndrpa.com

August 17-21, 2015 — Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

  • Portland, OR
  • Hosted by Portland State University. This course covers the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience. The course primarily focuses on enhancing and making improvements to bicycle networks that already exist. The course will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and provide you with skills, practical first steps, and diverse perspectives needed to get started on your next project.
  • Info: http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/comprehensive-bikeway-design-20

August 19, 2015 — Webinar: Streetscape Design to Improve Walking and Cycling

 

September 2015

 

September 13, 2015 — Constructing Stone Steps

  • Fleischmanns, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This course will take us into the field where we will discuss the techniques and application of manmade features such as steps in trail construction. We will then determine if the resources and conditions available are adequate to warrant the construction of this type of feature. There is at least one area already identified that will provide a small chance for folks to try these new skills.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/constructing-stone-steps-second-sundays-spillian-trail-u-944

September 15, 2015 — Federal Policy Update

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Tune in to hear from League of American Bicyclists staff about the latest news from Capitol Hill. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.bikewalkalliance.org/trainings/calls-webinars/event/56

September 15-17, 2015 — National Recreation and Parks Association Conference

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • The 50th annual National Recreation and Park Association Conference will provide hundreds of education and learning opportunities through educational tracks specifically tailored to parks and recreation.
  • Info: http://www.nrpa.org/conference2015/

September 17-20, 2015 — Three Trails Conference

  • Santa Fe, NM
  • A joint Conference gathering people interested in three of the most significant trails in North America, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Old Spanish Trail and the Santa Fe Trail, will provide a chance to share information and learn about new ways of evaluating the trails and their impact on our identity. The Conference will present opportunities to explore environmental and sociological aspects of the trails and their connections, as well as their history. Santa Fe, New Mexico, has long been a productive place for the exchange of ideas.
  • Info: http://www.3trailsconferencesantafe.org/agenda/

September 19-20, 2015 — Arizona Trail Association Trail Training

  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • This collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association and American Conservation Experience staff will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles. Each two-day training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential learning.
  • Info: http://www.aztrail.org/volunteers/training.html

September 20-22, 2015 — Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit

September 24, 2015 — New England Bike-Walk Summit

  • Worcester, MA
  • The fourth New England Bike-Walk Be prepared for a wide variety of sessions of interest to all stakeholders – agency personnel, grassroots advocates, professionals in private practice, retailers, and more.
  • Info: http://newenglandbikewalksummit.org

September 25-27, 2015 — National Open Streets Summit

  • Atlanta, GA
  • The 2015 Summit is co-hosted by the Open Streets Project, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Atlanta Streets Alive. The Open Streets Project is also collaborating with 8-80 Cities. The Summit will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced open streets organizers, led by national experts and local organizers.
  • Info: www.bikewalkalliance.org/blog/555-save-the-date-for-the-2015-national-open-streets-summit

September 28 - October 1, 2015 — APBP Professional Development Seminar

  • St Louis, MO
  • The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals sponsors the biennial conference. Professionals working on active transportation issues in the U.S. and Canada are invited to the outstanding training and networking opportunities, distinguished by longer, in-depth sessions and a collegial atmosphere where participants collaborate to learn how to propel policy into practice.
  • Info: http://apbppds.org

October 2015

 

October 16-18, 2015 — Bartram Trail Conference annual meeting

  • Palatka, FL
  • The 2015 meeting of the Bartram Trail Conference will be held on the shores of William Bartram’s beloved St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. John and William Bartram first paddled up the St. Johns River in December of 1765 and we will convene there almost on the exact date. The conference will be held in the Ravine Gardens State Park and Palatka’s riverfront park.
  • Info: http://ncbartramtrail.org/2014/12/2015-bartram-trail-conference/

October 17-18, 2015 — Arizona Trail Association Trail Training

  • Patagonia, AZ
  • This collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association and American Conservation Experience staff will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles. Each two-day training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential learning.
  • Info: http://www.aztrail.org/volunteers/training.html

October 20-23, 2015 — Walk 21

  • Vienna, Austria
  • The theme “stepping ahead” promotes activities and innovations towards the future of our resilient cities and healthy living environments. Together with experts from around the globe we will share insights and expertise on how to step ahead in urban development and on how to be a walkable city.
  • Info: http://walk21vienna.com

October 25-28, 2015 — Mid American Trails & Greenways Conference

  • Des Moines, IA
  • Every other year since 1999 State Trails Administrators from several states have organized a world class conference focused on challenges and opportunities prevalent to the Midwest. The states hosting MATAG are: Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Ohio. Collaboration in the Midwest is natural with major trail projects such as the American Discovery Trail, Mississippi River Trail, Hennipen Canal, and many other trails.
  • Info: http://www.matag.org/conference-schedule/

October 27-29, 2015 — Montana Trails, Recreation, and Parks Annual Conference

  • Bozeman, MT
  • The annual conference will be at the Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, MT. The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association is an organization of trails, parks and recreation professionals dedicated to improving your quality of life. Members come from Montana cities and towns as well as the State of Montana, the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Montana Universities.
  • Info: http://www.mtrpa.info/about-mtrpa/annual-conference/

October 28-30, 2015 — National Walking Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • The National Walking Summit is the premier opportunity for national organizations, companies, agencies, and local partners to convene to share best practices and stories, increase the visibility of these key issues, build support among federal agencies, and create momentum for the work ahead. It is a high-energy event featuring the latest evidence and strategies for advancing the many benefits of walking and walkability.
  • Info: http://americawalks.org/take-action/attend-an-event/walking-summit/

November 2015

 

November 6-9, 2015 — American Society of Landscape Architects

November 13-14, 2015 — Oklahoma Bike Summit

  • Stillwater, OK
  • Over half of all Oklahomans live outside a metropolitan area. In 2015, the 3rd OK Bike Summit comes to small town Oklahoma. We will focus on how bicycling benefits the social fabric, health, economy, and lives of all Oklahoma citizens and their communities.
  • Info: http://www.okbikesummit.org/Oklahoma_Bike_Summit/Home.html

November 13-15, 2015 — East Coast Greenway Alliance Fall Summit

  • Miami, FL
  • Sponsored by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the non-profit organization spearheading the development of the ECG from Maine to Florida.
  • Info: http://www.greenway.org/events

2016 TRAINING CALENDAR

 

April 2016

 

April 5-7, 2016 — Safe Routes to School National Conference

  • Columbus, OH
  • The conference brings together program representatives, state departments of transportation, planners, elected officials, and community members to provide an opportunity for individuals, agencies, and organizations involved with Safe Routes to School to network, engage in educational opportunities, become inspired, and form partnerships to enhance their Safe Routes to School work.
  • Info: http://saferoutesconference.org

 

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