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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.
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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 9, 2015 — 2015 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 our 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 10, 2015 — Webinar: Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • The Federal Highway Administration just released "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling," a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. This webinar offers an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable.
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February 13, 2015 — Youth Bike Summit

  • Seattle, WA
  • 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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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 18, 2015 — Webinar: New Tools for Estimating Walking and Bicycling Demand

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 21, 2015 — New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit

  • New Brunswick, 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 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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February 23-26, 2015 — Great Lakes Park Training Institute

February 24, 2015 — Washington Trails Association Hiker Lobby Day

  • Olympia, WA
  • Without proper funding many of the trails Washington hikers love will be closed or neglected. Washington Trails Association sponsors the eighth annual Hiker Lobby Day to let elected officials know that their constituents care about preserving wildlands and protecting funding for public recreation lands. This is an opportunity to make your voice heard. It's also a chance to learn new skills to help you be an even better advocate for trails.
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February 25-27, 2015 — 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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February 25, 2015 — Webinar: The Best of Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014

February 26, 2015 — Webinar: Evolving Market Trends for Outdoor Recreation Professionals

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Hosted by Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals. This presentation will feature the key findings of the 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, including an overview of historical trends, a detailed look at emerging trends with youth, and efforts to expand recreation use among diverse populations. It will provide perspectives on regional trends and insights on strategies to engage users. We will also discuss how this data has been used by practitioners to shape recreation planning decisions.
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February 26, 2015 — Webinar: Speed Management for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 am to 2:30 pm ET
  • Hosted by National Highway Institute. As the first of a series of webinars on speed management for improving the safety of all roadway users offered by FHWA, together with the member agencies of USDOT Speed Management Team, this webinar will highlight case studies and examples related to managing speed to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
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February 28, 2015 — 2nd Annual Cascade Winter Ruck (Backpacking Clinic)

  • Cascade Locks, OR
  • This day long event is designed to help all sorts of backpackers from novice to expert get prepared for the hiking season. We 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.
  • Info: see website

March 2015


March 2-3, 2015 — Montana Bike Walk Summit

  • Helena, MT
  • Learn about national best practices in shared-use pathways and on-street bikeway design including cycle tracks, separated bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, and intersection treatments. The session will delve into the nuts and bolts of moving from concept to construction including design considerations, and impacts to traffic operations. Whether you are an engineer, planner, or advocate, you will leave this workshop with new tools and knowledge about bicycle facilities.
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March 3-5, 2015 — Accessibility Training for Park Facilities

  • Montgomery Bell State Park, TN
  • Recreation Educational Services is hosting a 3-day training course conducted by the National Center on Accessibility that will provide an overview of the new accessibility standards while emphasizing how design and construction affect people with disabilities and how people with disabilities function in park facilities.
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March 3-6, 2015 — Texas Recreation & Park Society Institute & Expo

March 3, 2015 — Webinar: Road Diets: Improving Safety for All Road Users

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Federal Highway Administration discuss "Road Diets," the conversion of four-lane undivided roadways to three lanes (two through lanes and a two-way-left-turn-lane), are listed as one the FHWA's proven safety countermeasures. This cross section reallocation can potentially improve safety, reduce speed differential, and/or improve accessibility for transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists.
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March 4, 2015 — Iowa Horse Council Trails Committee Meeting

March 5, 2015 — Webinar: Accessibility Open Question and Answer

  • Online Webinar: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • The United States Access Board's free monthly webinar will feature an open question and answer session with accessibility specialists. Questions are welcome on the Board's accessibility requirements and rulemaking activities, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, new standards being developed for medical diagnostic equipment, and other topics. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the webinar.
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March 5, 2015 — Growing IN Place Symposium 2015

  • Raleigh, NC
  • Growing IN Place addresses planning and design policies that support these needs for children and other family members. Young people need networks of attractive, walkable/bikable routes connecting homes to schools, parks, community gardens, and cultural institutions – where they can engage with nature.
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March 5, 2015 — Webinar: Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Hosted by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The new report from PeopleForBikes, "Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes," makes the case for bicycling as an equity tool. Presenters review the research and data, and delve into the concepts highlighted by the domestic and international case studies featured in the report.
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March 5-12, 2015 — Webinar: Effective Communications in Public Involvement

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • This course is a blend of two live, web-conference sessions plus a series of self-paced web-based training modules. The course explores how and why members of the public can develop entrenched and emotionally-charged positions; traces the root causes of their hositilites and anger; and teaches strategies to help you and your organization gain credibility and the public's trust. Participants learn how to prepare for all types of public meetings, how to give effective presentations, how to handle hostile groups or individuals, ways to overcome frustrations and loss of control during public meetings, as well as preparing proper, post-meeting documentation.
  • Info: See website

March 6-7, 2015 — American Endurance Ride Conference

  • Reno, NV
  • The 2015 equestrian-focused convention will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
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March 9, 2015 — Webinar: Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Hosted by America Walks. Many communities are overwhelmed by the apparent technical challenges and cost of making themselves more walkable. But there are compelling, cost efficient, often simple approaches that are ideal first steps. Based on a series of interviews with some of the most experienced and successful walkable community advocates and implementers in the United States, this Webinar reveals starter-strategies that have been shown to work, and why!
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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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March 11-14, 2015 — Designing Inspiring and Effective Spaces for Children

  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Join architects, landscape architects, planners, educators , environmental educators, funders, and elected officials in a first-of-its kind event to explore high-level universal principles necessary in designing effective spaces for children. Participants will work in multidisciplinary teams to create indoor and outdoor designs for three programs from various parts of the world.
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March 12, 2015 — Maryland Trails Summit

  • Linthicum, MD
  • What Would It Take to Create a State Trail Network? Join us for a spirited discussion on what the state and trail advocates are doing to create a trail network connecting our public lands to the places where people live, work, shop and play.
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March 14, 2015 — Introduction to Trail Maintenance

  • Tenafly, NJ
  • This course covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.
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March 16-17, 2015 — Webinar: Washington Bike Summit

  • Olympia, WA
  • The Washington Bike Summit brings together advocates for bicycling and safe streets with professionals in planning, design, engineering, health, education, and tourism to connect and learn. Day Two of the Summit, advocates may participate in Transportation Advocacy Day legislative visits with a coalition of people who promote bicycling, walking, transit, health.
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March 18, 2015 — Webinar: Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting Programs

March 19, 2015 — Webinar: Trail Wayfinding Systems

  • Online Webinar: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails presents this webinar to provide a practical understanding of trail/ped/bike wayfinding and informational systems with an emphasis on in-the-field structures and media. Elements addressed include: directional and locational; use and access; safety and regulatory and related systems including branding elements. Instructors are Bob Searns, The Greenway Team • Jenny Rigby, The Acorn Group, Inc. • Karen Vitkay, Alta Planning and Design, Inc. • Mark VanderKlipp & Jeff Frank, Corbin Design, Inc.
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March 19-20, 2015 — Indiana Bike Summit

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Join us to learn how Indiana employers can benefit economically, recruit and retain top talent, and be recognized as community and business leaders by promoting active transportation by bike.
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March 22, 2015 — Horse Trail Riding Expo

  • Elkhorn, NE
  • The Nebraska Horse Trails Committee presents the 2015 Expo at Chance Ridge Event Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. This all-horse event will feature trail riding presentations, educational opportunities, horse training tips, horse camping tips, and more!
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March 22, 2015 — Trail Layout & Design

  • Westchester, Teatown Lake Reservation, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This workshop is devoted to establishing guidelines for laying out a safe, exciting, and ecologically sound trail. Topics covered include trail planning, soils, grades, hydrological relationships, and trail alignments, as well as trail experience concepts such as users' expectations, gateways, anchors, and trail flow. Students will learn to understand the humanity in a trail: what makes one trail more enjoyable and satisfying than another. After discussing and analyzing existing trails, participants will have the opportunity to design a new trail segment.
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March 23, 2015 — Parks and Greenspace Conference

  • Atlanta, GA
  • What makes a park great? This is the question at the center of the 2015 Parks and Greenspace Conference theme. "Parks and People: A Declaration of Interdependence," explores the direct (and often complex) relationships between engaged communities and successful parks. All over the world, languishing public spaces have been re-invented by strong community interventions, deliberate design and programming and strategic partnerships.
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March 26, 2015 — Walking Evolution and Revolution Conference

  • Boston, MA
  • Join us at the first-ever conference in the Boston area focused on walkability: the Walking Evolution and Revolution Conference! A companion event to WalkBoston's 25th Anniversary celebration, the WERC is produced by the APBP Boston Chapter, WalkBoston and Project for Public Spaces, and hosted by the Boston Society of Architects. Join us to explore the freshest thinking about walkability and place-making.
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March 26-28, 2015 — Alabama Statewide Bike Summit

  • Montgomery, AL
  • The Montgomery Bike Club and the Alabama Bicycle Coalition will host the 2015 Alabama Statewide Bike Summit in downtown Montgomery. A Summit brings together all the different groups interested in safe bicycle transportation and recreation: planners, engineers, ALDOT, tourism facilitators city leaders, advocates, trail builders & politicians.
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March 30-31, 2015 — Oregon Active Transportation Summit

  • Portland, OR
  • Please join us for two days of inspiring mobile workshops, plenaries, professional training, and networking with innovators, thought leaders, and passionate professionals from the Pacific Northwest. If you are a professional, policy maker, or advocate working in the fields of transportation planning and engineering, community development, recreation and tourism, or public health, this event is for you!
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March 28, 2015 — Introduction to Trail Maintenance

  • Stanhope, NJ
  • This course covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.
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March 31 - April 1, 2015 — Ontario Bike Summit 2015

  • Eaton Chelsea, Toronto, ON
  • Summit Themes - From Paper to Pavement: Moving Forward with #CycleON. Our 2015 summit will focus on ways that Ontario's Cycling Strategy is being implemented across Ontario. Attendees can expect to hear presentations that address #CycleON's five themes: 1. Healthy, active & prosperous communities 2. Cycling infrastructure 3. Safer highways and streets 4. Awareness & Behavioural Shifts 5. Cycling Tourism
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April 2015


April 2, 2015 — Colorado Mountain Bike Association annual meeting

  • Golden, CO
  • Help us celebrate our 2014 accomplishments with an evening of camaraderie, free beer, door prizes, and a preview of the events currently planned for 2015.
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April 2, 2015 — Walkable Washington Annual Symposium

  • Redmond, WA
  • The Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards is the state’s only event designed to provide creative networking opportunities, helpful resources, and awards to organizations and cities building healthy, livable and walkable communities. Our symposium offers a fun learning environment with sessions moderated by experts to discuss projects and programs implemented in the last three years throughout Washington.
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April 4, 2015 — Trail Structures Training

  • Ossining, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This course covers all types of constructed trail features, their purpose and use, and their effect on the trail experience. Emphasis will be placed on how each structure must fit into its location and how trail structures'architecture can affect hikers' experience.
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April 5-7, 2015 — 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 9-12, 2015 — Florida Trail Association Annual Conference

  • Fruitland Park, FL
  • Join us as we celebrate another year dedicated to building and maintaining the Florida Trail. Topics include *State of the Trails and Update on Trails Manual *Legislative Wrap Up *Strengthening Chapters *The Cross Florida Barge Canal *Finances for Chapter Treasurers *Growing Your Membership *Hiking the Florida Trail
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April 10, 2015 — Equestrian Soft Trails Conference

  • Des Moines, IA
  • This trails conference will have sessions of interest to both trail managers and trail users to explore together the problems and challenges of maintaining and creating sustainable equestrian trails. Iowa County Conservation soft trails will be the focus this year as we continue to also facilitate managers and trail riders working together to keep our Iowa equestrian trails in good riding condition.
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April 10, 2015 — 2015 Utah Bike Summit: Two Wheels, One Love

  • Provo, UT
  • The Seventh Annual Utah Bike Summit brings together everyday riders, bicycle and trail advocates, representatives from Utah's bicycle industry, planners, engineers, representatives from Utah’s tourism industry and health fields, and local and state government officials. This year's keynote speakers is Gary Fisher, Founding Father of the Mountain Bike.
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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, 2015 — Introduction to Trail Maintenance

  • Westchester, NY
  • This course covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.
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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. Presenting creative approaches to current and future challenges, modern vision for outdoor recreation, innovative partnerships, use of technology, entrepreneurial solutions, cultivating political and community support, and 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. 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 14-15, 2015 — Webinar: Nonprofit Public Lands Boot Camp

  • Online Webinar: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Hosted by Association of Partners for Public Lands An information packed online series that will provide the fundamental basics of nonprofit public lands partner operations, management and the unique role they play in building public engagement and awareness for the benefit of America's public lands.
  • Info: See website

April 15, 2015 — Webinar: Legal Rights and Issues for Pedestrians and Cyclists

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 16-17, 2015 — Streets as Places

  • New York, NY
  • Sponsored by Project for Public Spaces. Over the last several years, New York City has become a laboratory for innovation through dozens of Department of Transportation projects that have their roots in PPS's NYC Streets Renaissance campaign effort, from the Plaza and Parklets programs, to the ribbons of new bikeways and pedestrian spaces that now run through the city. Course participants will learn from a roster of experts how to transform streets into true destinations that attract people, spur economic development, and build community.
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April 17-19, 2015 — Midwest Horse Fair

  • Madison, WI
  • The Midwest Horse Fair® is one of the top 3-day horse fairs in America. Hundreds of clinics, seminars and educational events are presented by some of the top horse professionals from around the country. Over 500 vendor booths offer shopping opportunities.
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April 18, 2015 — Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association Annual Conference

April 18-21, 2015 — National Planning Conference

  • Seattle, WA
  • American Planning Association National Conference: 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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April 21, 2015 — Webinar: Addressing Perceived Traffic Risk Along Urban Arterials

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Hosted by Institute of Transportation Engineers. This webinar describes findings from several recent studies on roadway design and perceived traffic risk for bicyclists and pedestrians along urban arterials. The findings highlight the influence of near misses and collisions on user perceptions of safety and contribute to a more nuanced definition of traffic risk and safety for non-motorized users.
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April 21-22, 2015 — Trail Design and Layout

  • Wasilla, AK
  • One day classroom, one day field exercises, covering the basics of sustainable trail design, routing and layout. The Agenda includes Basic Concepts, Terms and Definitions, What You Need to Know First (about both terrain and use), Trail Design (sustainable elements, other elements, the Design Process, written Design results), Trail Routing and Layout (Control Points, preliminary Map Routing, ground investigation techniques, preliminary Flagline Routing, final Construction Marking), and Where Things Go Wrong.
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April 22, 2015 — Ohio Bicycling Summit

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 23-24, 2015 — Alaska Trails Statewide Trails Conference

  • Wasilla, AK
  • "Partnerships: Building Trails - Building Community" The conference will be held in Wasilla, April 23rd - 25th, and will bring together a diverse array of trail users from across the state to teach about the latest in sustainable trail building, maintenance, advocacy and many other trail topics. Every day is full of "breakout sessions" within the following categories: Breakout Session Categories Trail Design / Layout Construction / Operations / Maintenance Advocacy / Funding Partnerships.
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April 25, 2015 — Introduction to Trail Maintenance

  • Westchester, NY
  • This course covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Participants will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, blazing, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems they may come across on their segment of trail.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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May 17, 2015 — Trail Supervisor Training

  • Mahwah, NJ
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. This workship will, through a series of case studies and activities, help you learn how to supervise volunteers who maintain trails in the Trail Conference’s network of over 2000 miles of trails throughout New York and New Jersey. Hands-on exercises and discussions will provide information to find solutions to problems that volunteer trail supervisors commonly face.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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July 2015


July 12, 2015 — Building Foot Bridges

July 17-20, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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September 20-22, 2015 — Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit

October 2015


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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