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

Trail training, workshops, and conferences

2016 scheduled training events: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2016

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

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January 2016


January 6, 2016 — Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety: Roundabouts

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Roundabouts provide an alternative design to traditional intersections that in some cases can improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. By using a modern roundabout design to lower vehicle speeds through an intersection, safety and efficiency can be improved. FHWA has identified roundabouts as one of its Proven Safety Countermeasures. This presentation, led by Hillary Isebrands (FHWA Resource Center) will provide an in-depth look at roundabout design and discuss ways that roundabouts can be used to improve safety for pedestrians.
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January 7, 2016 — Webinar: Requirements for Protruding Objects along Circulation Paths

  • Online Webinar: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • AccessiblityOnline presents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and U.S. Access Board. This webinar will review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for protruding objects along circulation paths. These provisions limit the protrusion of mounted and free-standing objects to prevent hazards to people with vision impairments.
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January 15-17, 2016 — Southwest Florida Nature Festival

  • Naples, FL
  • Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
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January 28, 2016 — Webinar: Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?

January 28, 2016 — Webinar: Making the Case for Parks and Trails

  • Online webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals will highlight results from an extensive exploration of scientific and "gray" literature, which was conducted to understand the co-benefits of activity-friendly environments on physical health, mental health, social benefits, safety/injury prevention, environmental sustainability, and economics. Five settings that relate to physical activity in communities were defined for the non-systematic literature review: parks/trails, urban design, transportation, schools, and workplaces/buildings.
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January 29, 2016 — Broward County Safe Streets Summit

January 31 - February 3, 2016 —Active Living Research Conference

  • Clearwater Beach, FL
  • The conference agenda has two focus areas: research and practice/policy. Integrating two focus areas provides opportunities for exchange on how to use evidence to increase physical activity in many settings, identify new policy-relevant research questions, and develop new collaborations across sectors.
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February 2016


February 6, 2016 — Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Annual Meeting

  • Elon, NC
  • Attendees will hear reports on progress to build, maintain and promote the MST as well as a workshop for people interested in learning how to hike the trail. The keynote address will be by thru-hiker Sharon "Mama Goose" Smith, a retired Air Force combat medic who will lead the first Warrior Hike of veterans on the MST next September. There will also be a panel moderated by Howard Lee sharing different ways the trail can be used for education, and much more!
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February 6-11, 2016 — Hike the Hill

February 7-10, 2016 — The Corps Network's National Conference

  • Washington, DC
  • Come experience how the legacy of Corps is alive and changing. There will be a wide variety of informative plenaries and workshops as well as ample opportunity to network with friends in the Corps Community. Attendees will take their message to Capitol Hill and showcase the impact of Corps to Members of Congress and their partners at federal agencies. They will also present the Corpsmembers of the Year and Projects of the Year.
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February 8-9, 2016 — 2016 Colorado Bike Summit

  • Denver, CO
  • This two-day program, hosted by Bicycle Colorado each year in February, is geared to educate and empower attendees, identify common bicycling issues and solutions in their communities, demonstrate the power of a unified voice to the state legislature and set priorities for improving the future of bicycling in Colorado.
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February 11-13, 2016 — New Partners for Smart Growth

  • Dayton, OH
  • The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2016 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities now! There will be something for everybody, from veteran experts to smart-growth novices, with over 75 sessions and workshops to choose from.
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February 12-13, 2016 The Adventure Summit

  • Dayton, OH
  • The Adventure Summit is an event celebrating the spirit of outdoor adventure by showcasing the vibrant lifestyle and culture of human powered endeavors through inspiration, education, and experience. It will serve the adventure market from skill clinics and hands-on trainings from some of the world’s leading experts to showcasing local places to play and locals who have played around the world. 
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February 22-25, 2016 — Great Lakes Park Training Institute

  • Angola, IN
  • The Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI) is a professional training opportunity for park and public lands professionals in municipal, county, state, regional and national agencies. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas as well as an exploration of current issues and techniques in the field of parks and recreation.
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February 24, 2016 — Webinar: The New Federal Transportation Bill – What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?

  • Online webinar: 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
  • America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy, and LOCUS are excited to announce a free joint webinar. This webinar will examine the FAST Act legislation passed in December 2015 and discuss ways that traditional and new programs in the legislation can be used by advocates and organizations as they work on active transportation projects at the local, state, and regional level.
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February 25, 2016 — Webinar: Building Capacity with Volunteers – Essential Building Blocks of a Successful Program

February 27, 2016 — New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit

  • Princeton, NJ
  • As a participant in the NJBWC Summit, you have the opportunity to learn more about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting your community, become aware of various public funding sources, network, and identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help your community become more bike and pedestrian friendly and therefore, more livable.
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February 27-28, 2016 — 3rd Annual Cascade Winter Ruck (Backpacking Clinic)

  • Cascade Locks, OR
  • This event is designed to help all sorts of backpackers from novice to expert get prepared for the hiking season. They will have a specific focus on those attendees looking to set out on their first long distance hike whether it be the Pacific Crest Trail, Timberline Trail, Camino de Santiago, Continental Divide Trail, Wonderland Trail, John Muir Trail, or any other trail your heart desires.
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March 2016


March 5-11, 2016 — Sustainable Trails Conference

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Sponsored by Professional Trail Builders Association. The Marriott Knoxville overlooks the Tennessee River and is the closest downtown hotel to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Partnering with Legacy Parks Foundation, the City of Knoxville and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, PTBA attendees will have the opportunity to use their outdoor workshops to create a finished project within one of the urban trail systems found in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the conference site.
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March 6-10, 2016 — Association of Partners for Public Lands Convention and Trade Show

  • Spokane, WA
  • The Association of Partners for Public Lands is looking for enriching and enlightening session ideas for its Convention and Trade Show in Spokane, WA, March 6-10, 2016 -- ideas that will help attendees achieve new levels of excellence in serving and supporting public lands in the United States.
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March 7-9, 2016 — National Bike Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • The 16th annual gathering of bike advocates, industry leaders and congressional champions will again take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C. The premier advocacy event of the year, the National Bike Summit unites the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill. The Summit has shown it's real impact, leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state and local levels.
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March 24, 2016 – Webinar: "Trails for Heroes - Healing our Military Veterans"

  • Online webinar: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails hosts this webinar presented by Jan Hancock, Principal, Hancock Resources LLC; Sirena Dufault, Gateway Community Liaison, Arizona Trail Association; Debbi Fisher, PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Committee; Brian W. Scholl, Ride 2 Recovery Project; and Aaron Heliker, Former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant. (An extension of their presentation at the Closing Luncheon at the 2015 International Trails Symposium this past May in Portland, Oregon.)
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April 2016


April 2-5, 2016 — American Planning Association National Conference

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • What's next on planning's new landscape? Come to APA's 2016 National Planning Conference and see what's ahead for you, your community, and your career.
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April 3-6, 2016 — US Play Coalition's Conference 2016: Rebooting Play

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.
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April 6-8, 2016 — California Trails & Greenways Conference

  • Riverside, CA
  • The 31st annual California Trails & Greenways Conference provides three days of high-quality education and networking opportunities for urban, rural and backcountry trail professionals. Join leading trail experts for training and discussions on the latest advances in trail design, construction, maintenance, interpretation, volunteerism and management. Explore new, collaborative opportunities and engage in productive, meaningful and inspiring dialog.
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April 14-16, 2016 — Georgia Trail Summit

  • Carrollton, 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. This year, the 3rd annual Georgia Trails Summit takes place in Carrollton, GA. Carrollton’s impressive success in building 13.5 miles of paved trails in just four years is an inspiring case study. Learn valuable lessons you can apply in your hometown.
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May 2016


May 16-20, 2016 — River Management Symposium, National Outdoor Recreation Conference

  • Boise, ID
  • The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals and the River Management Society present "Rivers and Recreation in a Changing Climate." This conference is a premier opportunity for new professionals to present their work, learn about best practices and network with professionals engaged in the management, planning, research and administration of outdoor recreation opportunities.
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May 18-20, 2016 — Building a Healthier Future Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • Partnership for a Healthier America hosts this gathering of health experts, policy makers and business and industry leaders committed to ending childhood obesity. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for those in the private sector to sit with their nonprofit, academic and government counterparts to address an issue critical to the future of this country’s health and well-being.
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May 27-29, 2016 — Youth Bike Summit

  • St. Paul, MN
  • Youth Bike Summit is an annual three-day national conference bringing together educators, advocates, activists, students, teenagers, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and community leaders to engage around youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy. We bring people together from different disciplines and backgrounds to network, learn, and explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change.
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November 2016


November 16-20, 2016 — International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit

  • Bentonville, AR
  • Each host community adds its distinct flavor, as leading representatives from mountain bike advocacy groups, land management agencies, and the bicycle industry gather to share success stories and plan the future of mountain biking. Featuring Northwest Arkansas and its iconic trail systems within the Ozark Mountains, participants will experience the rugged beauty of this area exploding with mountain bike enthusiasts and see the unique trail connectivity that showcases both the bustling downtown city and the scenic Ozark landscape. The World Summit program includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, an expo, networking and—of course—plenty of time to explore local trails.
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