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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

 

 

August 2015

 

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

August 1, 2015 — Tread and Drainage: How to build a Stream Crossing

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 6, 2015 — Webinar: Walkability: The Health and Wellness Equation

  • Online Webinar: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
  • Sponsored by America Walks. If we want more equitable communities-accessible-then walking must become a natural activity again. In this session, Dan Burden, one of the early pioneers in North America's walkability movement-coining the terms 'road diets,' 'walking audits,' 'photomorphs' and inspiring Complete Streets conversions-will address the link and bond between walking and health.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9089326544094765058

August 6-9, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Hibbing, MN
  • Hosted by: Iron Range Off-road Cyclists. 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=535&reset=1

August 13, 2015 — Webinar: Road Diets - A Proven Safety Countermeasure Webinar

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Sponsored by Institute of Transportation Engineers. As part of the safety focus area of the Every Day Counts initiative, the Federal Highway Administration is promoting Road Diets. This webinar will highlight how agencies are using this low cost safety countermeasure to improve safety, operations, and livability in their communities.
  • Info: http://ecommerce.ite.org/IMIS/ItemDetail?iProductCode=PD-W43

August 13-16, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Boyne City, MI
  • Hosted by: Top of Michigan Mountain Bike 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=544&reset=1

August 15-17, 2015 — National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • The NRPA Annual Conference is the premier annual meeting of the park and recreation community. The three-day event brings together more than 7,000 park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates and industry suppliers for amazing networking opportunities, hundreds of education sessions and the industry's largest trade show showcasing the products and services of nearly 400 exhibitors.
  • Info: http://www.nrpa.org/conference2015/About/

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: Innovative Intersections for Pedestrians and Bicycles

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
  • Sponsored by Transportation Research Board to examine how to integrate pedestrian and bicycle facilities into innovative intersection designs, such as diverging diamond interchanges and superstreets. Webinar presenters will also cover how conventional intersection design may be reinvented for non-motorized users. This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Operational Effects of Geometrics.
  • Info: http://www.trb.org/ElectronicSessions/Blurbs/172710.aspx

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

August 20, 2015 — Webinar: Planning for Complete Streets: City Examples

  • Online Webinar: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
  • Sponsored by Transportation Planning Council and the Complete Streets Council. This is part three of the web series showcasing different cities' policies, plans, and projects completed in the United States to improve their streets and communities through transportation.
  • Info: http://ecommerce.ite.org/IMIS/ItemDetail?iProductCode=PD-W42

August 27-30, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Hosted by: Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking 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=541&reset=1

August 29, 2015 — CO/WY Regional Summit

  • Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Network with other mountain bike advocactes from around the region, while participating in workshops on IMBA chapter development; working with land managers on mountain bike trail access projects; and designing and developing trail systems and bike parks.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/tcc/schedule

 

September 2015

 

September 10-13, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Carbondale, IL
  • Hosted by: Shawnee Mountain Bike 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=556&reset=1

September 11-13, 2015 — IMBA California Summit 2015

  • Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Join the IMBA Northern California and IMBA Southwestern regions for this mountain bike summit. This Sierra Nevada mountain town will play the perfect host for several days of workshops, networking and great rides. The 2015 IMBA California Summit will be a great opportunity to network with other mountain bike advocactes from around California and other western states, while participating in workshops on IMBA chapter development; working with land managers on mountain bike trail access projects; and designing and developing trail systems and bike parks.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=542&reset=1

September 13, 2015 — Trail Supervisor Training

  • Mahwah, NJ
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Hands-on exercises and discussions will provide information to find solutions to problems that volunteer trail supervisors commonly face. An effective supervisor will have a tool kit of skills which includes access to a variety of resources: fellow supervisors, trail crews, Trail Conference staff, park partners, and his/her volunteer trails chair.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/supervisor-training-trail-u-950

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 16, 2015 — Webinar: Shared Streets, Slow Streets

September 17-20, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Bay City, MI
  • Hosted by: Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. 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/tcc/schedule

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, 2015 — Intro to Sidehill Trail Construction

  • Hudson Highlands State Park, Nelsonville, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Want to get involved in trailbuilding? Learn to build a trail that lasts with the Taconic Crew. Sidehilling is one of the most accessible aspects of trailbuilding for the beginner.
    Learn cool trail words like: Outslope, backslope, downslope, hinge, duff, and peanut butter. Then grab a pick or a rogue hoe and get to work! If something is in the way, build into it. Sidehilling is as fluid as water draining off the outslope.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/taconic-crew-sidehill-trail-construction-trail-u-990

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 24-27, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • New Harmony, IN
  • Hosted by: Evansville Mtn Bike Assn. 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/tcc/schedule

September 25-27, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Radcliff, KY
  • Hosted by: KyMBA Louisville. 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/tcc/schedule

September 25-27, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Red Wing, MN
  • Hosted by: Red Wing Area Mtn Bike Org. 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/tcc/schedule

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 27, 2015 — Tread and Drainage: Sidehilling Trail

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 2-4, 2015 — Southern California Trails Skills College

  • Idyllwild, CA
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Association Skills College is a place to learn all you ever wanted to know about building and maintaining trails. Choose from a variety of classes, from the fundamentals of trail maintenance to advanced drainage systems. Trail Skills College is free to all participants! Camping and meals are provided throughout the weekend. Whether you are new to trail work or a seasoned veteran, we have a class that will enhance your trail maintenance skills.
  • Info: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer/trail-skills-college/southern-california/

October 3, 2015 — Intro to Stepping Stones

  • Fahnestock State Park, Carmel, NY
  • Sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. Come out and learn how to properly construct stepping stones with the Taconic Crew! Stepping Stones are used to create a stable footing for muddy and wet land conditions. Hop from rock to rock to traverse the slippery terrain. Stepping Stones are placed in a hole and set with crush to keep it sturdy.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/taconic-crew-stepping-stones-trail-u-993

October 14-15, 2015 — Sustainable Trails For All Workshop

  • Greenfield, NH
  • Two-day, in-depth, field-oriented workshop will provide you with information on the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines that were released in September of 2013. This workshop will help you understand the guidelines and will provide an overview of the techniques and hands-on skills needed to build sustainable hiking trails that provide enjoyment for all.
  • Info: http://www.crotchedmountain.org/sustainabletrails

October 15-18, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Hosted by: Charlottesville Area Mtn Bike Club. 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/tcc/schedule

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 22-25, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Alexandria, VA
  • Hosted by: MORE. 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/tcc/schedule

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 13-14, 2015 — Massachusetts Trails Conference

  • Leominster, MA
  • The Department of Conservation and Recreation in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board presents the 2015 Conference to be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in Leominster, with a day of site visit and field trip options scheduled for Friday, November 13th. The conference is funded through the Recreational Trails Program, a grant program which supports trail and trail-related facility construction and enhancement projects across the Commonwealth. The keynote speaker this year is Woody Keen, owner of Trail Wisdom LLC, a trail consulting firm primarily focused on education.
  • Info: Amanda Lewis, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator at amanda.lewis@state.ma.us

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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