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Calendar of Trails Training

Hosted by AmericanTrails.org

 

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

 

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.
  • Info: http://greatergreener.org/

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.
  • Info: www.feetfirst.org/get-involved/walkablewashington/walkable-washington-2015-symposium-page

April 2-5, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Nevada City, CA
  • Hosted by: Bear Yuba Land Trust. 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

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.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/trail-structures-trail-u-952

April 8, 2015 — Webinar: Finding Funding at the State and Federal Levels

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern Time
  • Hosted by Community Transportation Association of America. There are new and existing funding sources available to many types of transportation organizations, but accessing eligible funds and grants can seem complicated and daunting. CTAA Communications Director Scott Bogren will be speaking on the best practices for locating and preparing funding applications. On the client side, our guest will be John Metzinger from CityBus who will speak towards the benefit of planning funding for transportation technologies.
  • Info: See website

April 8-12, 2015 — Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association Rendezvous

  • Crossville, TN
  • Rendezvous is the annual fundraiser for Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA). This happens once a year and is held at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville, TN on the Cumberland Plateau. This area provides so many adventure possibilities for paddlers of all levels.
  • Info: http://www.paddletsra.org/rendezvous

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
  • Info: https://www.floridatrail.org/2015-annual-conference/

April 9-12, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Cobb, CA
  • Hosted by: Friends of Boggs Mountain. 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=499&reset=1

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.
  • Info: http://iowahorsecouncil.org/event/2015-equestrian-soft-trails-conference/

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.
  • Info: http://www.utahbikes.org/event-1740017

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.
  • Info: http://greatergreener.org/

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.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/introduction-trail-maintenance-trail-u-936

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.
  • Info: http://www.recpro.org/2015-conference

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.
  • Info: www.ncaonline.org/events/access_management_04-2015.shtml

April 13, 2015 — Webinar: Organizing a Walk+Bike Challenge Month at your School

  • Online Webinar: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Free webinar hosted by Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Are you participating in the Walk+Bike Challenge at your school? Would you like to hear from others that have had success on organizing events and incentives for encouraging kids to walk, bike, and roll to school?
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2838443508456182529

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 — Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Workshop

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. 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/ab-ohv-workshop-2015

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

April 15, 2015 — Webinar: Creative Ways to Consider Funding Future Transportation

  • Online Webinar: 2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern Time
  • Transportation Research Board will cover new ways of funding transportation infrastructure. Webinar presenters will provide a brief overview of common approaches to funding transportation and highlight several emerging models, including cooperative ownership models, roadway usage charges, and transportation utility fees. The presenters will explore how these approaches may generate new funding for transportation capital and operating programs.
  • Info: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/172141.aspx

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: Robert.richards@tn.gov 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.
  • Info: http://www.pps.org/training/

April 17-19, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Cobb, CA
  • Hosted by: Friends of Boggs Mountain. 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=499&reset=1

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.
  • Info: http://www.midwesthorsefair.com

April 18, 2015 — Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association Annual Conference

April 18-19, 2015 — Arizona Trail Association Trail Training

  • Pine, 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

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.
  • Info: https://www.planning.org/conference

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.
  • Info: http://ecommerce.ite.org/IMIS/ItemDetail?iProductCode=PD-W30

April 21, 2015 — The Intertwine Alliance’s Spring Summit

  • Portland, OR
  • The event will focus on Building Regional Impact. Topics include: *Building a ‘Connecting-to-Nature’ Continuum (Youth Engagement/Environmental Education) *Creating Large-Landscape Projects (Conservation/Restoration/Urban Forestry) *New Daycation App: How It Can Further Your Communications Goals (Public Engagement)
  • Info: http://theintertwine.org/events/spring-summit-2015

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.
  • Info: http://www.alaska-trails.org/trail_teachers/2015/conf.shtml

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.
  • Info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24151

April 23, 2015 — Webinar: Active transportation, recreation amenities, street redesigns

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Free - hosted by America Walks. Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces will present health-promoting 'Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper' approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5604857644690319618

April 23, 2015 — Webinar: Roadway and Traffic Air Pollution Risks for Bicyclists

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
  • Hosted by Transportation Insight for Vibrant Communities (TREC), Portland State University. This webinar will review the state of knowledge about how roadway and traffic characteristics impact air pollution risks for bicyclists, including research quantifying bicyclists' uptake of traffic-related air pollution using on-road measurements in Portland. Implications for planners, engineers, and policy-makers will be discussed, including guidance for more pollution-conscious bicycle network planning and design. Additionally, ways for individual travelers to reduce their air pollution risks will be discussed.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5291547407869424641

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.
  • Info: http://www.alaska-trails.org/trail_teachers/2015/conf.shtml

April 23-24, 2015 — Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Workshop

  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with Arizona State Parks, US Forest Service Region 3, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District, and US Bureau of Land Management Arizona 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/ab-ohv-workshop-2015

April 23-26, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Weaverville, CA
  • Hosted by: Trinity County Resource Conservation District. 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=500&reset=1

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.
  • Info: http://www.nynjtc.org/workshop/introduction-trail-maintenance-trail-u-937

April 29 - May 2, 2015 — Meeting the Demand for Walkable Places

  • Fort Worth, TX
  • This year’s theme looks at the forces driving the desire for more urban lifestyles. In Dallas alone, 68% of residents "believe being able to walk or bike to destinations would be good for the local economy" yet the current market of walkable neighborhoods is only 3-5% in the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Join real estate developers, architects, public officials, planners, architects and advocates working to make our cities better places.
  • Info: see website

April 30 - May 3, 2015 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Corvallis, OR
  • Hosted by: Team Dirt/Salem Area Trai Alliance. 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=502&reset=1

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

 

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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