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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, leadership, tools, GIS data, parks, bike/ped facilities, nonmotorized transportation, funding, and stewardship:

Past trail training, workshops, and conferences

Archived events

Add to the calendar: Send your events, workshops, and trails training opportunities to trailhead@americantrails.org

 

 

PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR: Events from the past year

April 2018

 

April 5, 2018 — Webinar: Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

April 10, 2018 — Webinar: Tools for Inventorying Pedestrian Crossing Infrastructure

  • Online: 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time
  • Documenting the location, design, and condition of pedestrian crossings is the first step in prioritizing safety improvements at crosswalks. Hear from representatives of the Los Angeles DOT, Florida DOT, and FHWA Florida Division about the tools they are using to inventory their existing pedestrian infrastructure and inform future investments. The Federal Highway Administration is sponsoring webinars as part of its Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3828334946263878147

April 12, 2018 — Webinar: Creating Accessible Trails with Universally Designed Interpretation

April 14 2018 — Sustainable Trail Permitting and Contracting

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn about potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects. The session will cover environmental regulatory agencies and contacts. Students will be provided with examples of trail contracts and create one of their own based on findings from a trail assessment.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

April 18-20, 2018 — Conference on Tourism and Conservation in the Great Plains

  • Kearney, NE
  • From for-profit businesses and tour guides to outdoor recreation groups and nonprofit conservation agencies, we’re bringing together hundreds of people who are looking at tourism and conservation in new ways. We argue that responsible nature-based tourism offers one strategy to simultaneously save the region's natural marvels, benefit landowners, and help rural communities thrive.
  • Info: https://www.unl.edu/plains/2018-ecotourism-symposium

April 23-26, 2018 — 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

  • Burlington, VT
  • The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals presents the 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference: "Building Resilient Communities, Environments and Economies." Outdoor recreation infrastructure and opportunities are now acknowledged as the catalysts for engaging current and future land stewards, building strong local economies, and contributing to a sense of community and belonging. Vermont provides an ideal location to see how investments in local conservation and outdoor recreation have contributed to a thriving economy and vibrant community. 
  • Info: https://www.recpro.org/2018-conference

April 23-28, 2018 — Virginia’s Land Conservation and Greenways Conference

April 25, 2018 — Webinar: Bicycle Signals

  • Online: 10:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is hosting this session. Presentations will summarize bicycle signal applications and walk through various considerations for implementation, including traffic analysis, signal timing, and evaluation techniques. Panelists from FHWA will provide attendees with an overview of the interim approval for using bicycle signals under the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2484429376313052930

April 28, 2018 — Intermediate Trail Maintenance

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn about advanced trail maintenance techniques. The session will cover trail tread narrowing and rehabilitation, armoring, checkdams, and trail closure and reclamation. Students will also review vegetation trimming, deberming and maintaining outslope, constructing knicks and rolling grade dips, and other typical trail maintenance requirements.
  • Info: or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

March 2018

 

March 5-7, 2018 — National Bike Summit

  • Washington DC
  • The National Bike Summit is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill. This year's theme is Grass Roots Grow Together, we'll be showcasing successes at the local level, learning how they happen and exploring ways to expand their reach. Peer learning is a critical component of growing and strengthening the bicycling movement.
  • Info: https://bikesummitawards.secure-platform.com/a/page/registration

March 5-8, 2018 — Sustainable Trail Design and Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. This session will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience constructing new trail, reroutes, and maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

March 8, 2018 — Webinar: Sustainable Trails for All

March 10, 2018 — Sustainable Trail Maintenance

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn how to maintain sustainable trails. The session will cover vegetation trimming, deberming and maintaining outslope, constructing knicks and rolling grade dips, and other typical trail maintenance requirements. Students will gain field experience maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

March 12, 2018 — Webinar: Introduction to Trail Safe! Online Trail Safety Training Videos

  • Online: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • American Trails presents this Webinar in partnership with the Partnership for the National Trails System. Presented by Dan Watson with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this webinar will introduce attendees to the Trail Safe! series of online safety training videos.
  • Info: https://www.americantrails.org/resources/safety/webinar-introduction-to-trail-safe.html

March 23-30, 2018 — Sustainable Trails Conference

  • Roanoke, West Virginia
  • Professional Trailbuilders Association sponsors the Core Conference covering topics in trail design, maintenance, and construction, professional hybrid and youth corps trail contracting, avoiding common trail development pitfalls, planning for accessibility, specialized mountain bike trail development techniques, and partnerships success stories. The Indoor Expo and Outdoor Demo is going to be fantastic! The PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops can be purchased independently from a the core conference registration package.
  • Info: http://www.trailbuilders.org/training/sustainable-trails-conference-stonewall-2018

March 23-25, 2018 — Connecting Communities: Land Conservation & Greenways Conference

March 23-25, 2018 — Mountains-to-Sea Trail Gathering of Friends

  • Elkin, NC
  • Join other MST enthusiasts for our annual membership meeting and a weekend of trail and town excursions across the Yadkin Valley. Hikes and guided tours, and Trail Workday and Learning Session.
  • Info: Contact Betsy, bbrown@mountainstoseatrail.org, with any questions

March 23-25, 2018 — Southeast Biking Symposium

  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Participants will discuss ways of realizing the region’s bicycling tourism potential, the impact on economic development, and the importance of safety. Many of the events and activities will take place on the island’s 60 miles of pathways, on the wide and hard-packed sand beaches, and in the parks that connect the pathways.
  • Info: https://www.hiltonheadisland.org/southeastbike/

March 24, 2018 — New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit

  • West Windsor, NJ
  • NJBWC offers the opportunity to learn more about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting your community, make you aware of various public funding sources, enable you to network, identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help your community become more bike and pedestrian friendly and therefore, more livable.
  • Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-new-jersey-bike-walk-summit-registration-38666826519

March 24, 2018 — Sustainable Trail Assessment

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn about the characteristics of sustainable and traditional trails and the five essential elements of sustainable trails. Students will also learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. The session will cover user and natural impacts and include desktop trail review and field assessment. Participants will gain field experience assessing existing trails and proposed reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

March 27-29, 2018 — California Trails & Greenways 2018

  • Rohnert Park, CA
  • Join us in Sonoma County as over 350 of California’s leading trail experts gather for workshops, panel discussions, educational sessions, networking, exhibits and field trips covering the latest advances in trail design, construction, maintenance, interpretation, volunteerism and management.
  • Info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24151

March 30 - April 1, 2018 — AHTS Annual Conference: Alabama Trail Systems

  • Cheaha State Park, AL
  • Sponsored by Alabama Hiking Trail Society. Attendees will attend multiple sessions of their choosing, covering plans for the Alabama Trail, the Pinhoti, and Flagg Mountain, as well as the benefits of hiking, building trails, and shelter construction, among others. The conference will conclude with guided hikes on Sunday morning.
  • Info: http://hikealabama.org/joomla/index.php/2015-10-30-02-25-36

Past events from February 2018

 

February 10, 2018 — Sustainable Trail Design and Layout

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn how to design and layout sustainable trails. The session will cover the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail design and layout. Design considerations for a variety of trails users will be discussed. The session will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience designing and laying out new trails and trail reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

February 11-14, 2018 — The Corps Network's National Conference

  • Washington, DC
  • The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.
  • Info: www.corpsnetwork.org/national-conference

February 13, 2018 — A Conversation on National Trails and Rivers

  • Washington, DC and Online
  • Please join in a conversation on National Trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and a celebration of their lasting legacy as we reflect on and envision the future of these two important systems during this 50th year anniversary. The event will be held 10:30-12:30 ET in Yates Auditorium at the Main Interior Building (1849 C Street NW Washington DC). No RSVP is required. If you cannot attend in person, the event will be available by livestream at doi.gov/events.
  • Info: Please direct questions or accessibility requests to rwootton@blm.gov or 202-912-7398.

February 14, 2018 —Webinar: Best Practices in Cabin, Glamping and Bike Camping

  • Online: 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm Central, Noon Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific
  • This Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals webinar will focus on understanding the unique design and operational issues associated with different camping types. As the 2017 North American Campground Report identified, different segments of the camping market desire different camping products. SORP has assembled three presenters who are experts in their fields.
  • Info: Info: https://www.recpro.org/webinars

February 22, 2018 — Webinar: Trail Construction Cost Realities

February 24, 2018 — Sustainable Trail Construction with Hand Tools

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn how to construct sustainable trails with hand tools. The session will cover the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail construction. Students will discuss and complete pre-construction trail corridor clearing and trail construction. Participants will gain field experience constructing new trails and trail reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

February 25 - March 1, 2018 — Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show

  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Public lands nonprofits and land management agency staff are invited to join in the education sessions, pre-convention workshops, convention keynotes, and field trips. The 2018 educational program focuses on helping nonprofit leaders and land management agency partners leverage resources together, connect to their local communities and develop strong leadership to better serve public lands.
  • Info: http://www.publiclandsalliance.org/convention/home

Past events from January 2018

 

January 7, 2018 — Technology on the Trail 2018 Workshop

  • Blacksburg, VA
  • The workshop will examine the encroachment of technology into hiking and outdoor adventures, with a focus on identifying and developing ways for technology to support positive and mutually beneficial connections among people. These could be helpful in collecting scientific data, supporting the environment, maintaining safety, and sharing via social media. The workshop will also examine some challenges of bringing technology onto the trail and reflect on ways to understand, design, and deploy appropriate technological solutions.
  • Info: https://technologyonthetrail.wordpress.com/workshop-group2018/

January 10, 2018 — Webinar: Trails Funding in Oregon

  • Online: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Pacific time
  • RTP? FLAP? New Bike Tax? Grants? Planning Assistance? Join us for a free, lunch hour webinar to demystify the alphabet soup and different agency goals behind competitive trails funding in Oregon. This webinar is for local agencies, trail advocates, and anyone else interested in current (and soon to be online) trails funding programs are in Oregon, what kinds of projects are eligible, and who can apply.
  • Info: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/08398ff8a8772328d746f627e8486654

January 11, 2018 — Webinar: Communicating the Benefits of Trails

  • Online: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • American Trails hosts this introduction to free resources that will help communicate the legal issues surrounding trails, as well as the best research on the potential benefits from different types of trails. Presenter is Megan Lawson with Headwaters Economics and Kelly Pohl, a geographer with expertise in community-based trail development.
  • Info: http://americantrails.org/resources/benefits/webinar-benefits-of-trails.html

January 24, 2018 — Webinar: Electric Mountain Bikes

  • Online: 8-9 a.m. OR 11-Noon Pacific Time
  • Join People for Bikes in the third land manager webinar on electric mountain bikes, to explore current issues facing land managers using real life examples, federal policymaking related to electric mountain bikes, new, partnership opportunities to help address regulatory challenges, and updates to the land manager resource library.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8207201576541670659

January 26-27, 2018 — McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Symposium

  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy works with the City of Scottsdale to champion and protect the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for this and future generations. More than 650 Steward volunteers provide their time and talents to help residents and visitors experience, enjoy and learn from the Sonoran Desert.
  • Info: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/event/mcdowell-sonoran-conservancy-symposium/

January 30 - February 1, 2018 — Sustainable Trail Assessment, Permitting, and Contracting

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn how to take a critical look at trails to assess condition, maintenance, and safety. The session will also cover potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects. Students will discuss how trail condition, maintenance, and safety can affect the "trail experience", and they will also learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. Participants will complete desktop trail reviews, assess existing trails and proposed reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus, discuss permits, and create contracts based on assessment results.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/publications/trails-info

Past events from December 2017

 

December 4-7, 2017 — Sustainable Trail Design and Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. The session will cover design, construction, and maintenance techniques that minimize the volume and velocity of water on the trail tread. It will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience constructing new trail, reroutes, and maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or https://cgrocwa.rockinghamcc.edu/WebAdvisor/

December 6, 2018 — Webinar: Electric Mountain Bike Land Manager Handbook

  • Online: 8-9 a.m. OR 11-Noon Pacific Time
  • Join People for Bikes for a presentation of the Land Manager eMTB Handbook. This handbook is modeled after the BLM "Guidelines for a Quality Trail Experience," and developed in partnership with the bicycling industry, BLM, and professional trail builders. The handbook provides practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bikes.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2193021406676639747

December 7, 2017 — Webinar: Build a Sustainable Trail that Lasts 100 Years

December 11, 2018 — Webinar: Safety Evaluation for Bicycling and Walking

  • Online: 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time
  • To improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, transportation professionals typically look to a toolbox of countermeasures that are proven to reduce crashes. During this webinar, researchers from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center will explore methods for conducting high quality safety evaluation and provide tips for determining the effects of safety improvements. Hosted by Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5689169317805779969

December 13, 2018 — Webinar: Changing Landscape of Transportation & Implications for Bicycling

  • Online: 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time
  • There is a paradigm shift going on in The Netherlands. New vehicles are fighting for their place on the streets, cycle lanes are overflowing, pedestrians are undervalued. A new approach includes a new way of thinking about traffic safety and the value of place. This study can be adapted to fit the North American context. Hosted by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/event_list.asp

December 19, 2018 — Webinar: The Economic Impact of the Huron River

  • Online: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
  • In 2016, the Huron River Watershed Council commissioned a study to measure the economic impact of the river on local communities, focusing on Huron River Water Trail activities and the value of natural systems that maintain a healthy, clean river. A Grand Valley State University research team quantified the recreation-related spending attributed to the Huron River and the value of the river’s ecosystem services. They found the river’s contribution to the local economy to be enormous.
  • Info: https://www.rivernetwork.org/events/huroneconomics/ 

December 19, 2018 — Webinar: Bike-Ped Portal - National Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Archive

  • Online: 10:00 am to 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • This project builds on the success of NITC’s first Pooled Fund project that created the first national bicycle and pedestrian traffic count archive, named Bike-Ped Portal. The next step for Bike-Ped Portal is to improve its usability for both data providers and data users, specifically transportation professionals. To improve usability, area transportation planners will be invited to participate in an idea gathering session to help design an “Explore Data Page.”
  • Info: http://trec.pdx.edu/events/professional-development/webinar-december-2017

 

Past events from November 2017

 

November 1-3, 2017 — AORE Annual Conference

  • Roanoke, VA
  • The AORE Annual Conference provides learning opportunities to advance individuals, programs, and organizations in the field of outdoor and adventure education.
  • Info: http://www.aore.org/about_the_conference.php

November 2, 2017 — Trail Crossings in Wetlands: Bog Bridge

  • Leominster, MA
  • Participants will build and install a simple bog bridge over an isolated wetland on a natural surface, pedestrian hiking loop. Permitting issues, alternative designs and construction techniques will be discussed during construction. INSTRUCTOR: Dick O'Brien, Professional Trail builder, Conservation Works, LLC. At the Massachusetts Trails Conference with funding provided by the Recreational Trails Program.
  • Info: http://www.masstrailsconference.com/workshop-details.html

November 2, 2017 — Constructing accessible trails with stabilized stone dust

  • Leominster, MA
  • ​Participants get to see the value of using mechanized equipment in roughing out the trail and getting the tread ready for finishing grade. They will also see the use of a "binder" material in the surfacing mix and assist in the final application. INSTRUCTORS: Josh Hasenfus, Regional Superintendent, TTOR; Tony Wil, Read Custom Soils.​ At the Massachusetts Trails Conference with funding provided by the Recreational Trails Program.
  • Info: http://www.masstrailsconference.com/workshop-details.html

November 2-4, 2017 — Chainsaw Safety Training for Trail Volunteers

  • Leominster, MA
  • A 20-hour standard chainsaw safety program. Participants will learn the basics of chainsaw use including saw maintenance, basic required safety equipment, basic techniques for felling a tree and limbing and bucking it up. Most importantly, participants will learn when to walk away from hazardous tree situations! Certificate of completion awarded to those who complete the training program. INSTRUCTOR: Walker Korby, Owner, Terraform LLC and Leominster Recreation Department. At the Massachusetts Trails Conference with funding provided by the Recreational Trails Program.
  • Info: http://www.masstrailsconference.com/workshop-details.html

November 2, 2017 — Washington State Trails Coalition Caucus Meeting

  • Mukilteo, WA
  • The Washington State Trails Coalition is sponsoring a forum for our statewide network of trail advocates – everyone with an interest in trails (motorized, non-motorized, snow, asphalt, dirt, or water trails, ORV riders, runners, hikers, bikers, kayakers…) is welcomed! The Caucus Meeting will feature facilitated breakout sessions, updates on state funding efforts, and a sneak peak of our 2018 WSTC Conference planning.
  • Info: Ben Monte Calvo, WSTC President, at president@washingtonstatetrails.org and http://washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org/

November 2-3, 2017 — Building Better Trails Through Collaboration and Community

  • Lakeside, CA
  • Classroom workshops will be taught by USFS staff and other experts in the field. Topics include trail and partnership fundamentals, updated methodologies and best management practices applicable to volunteer and partner agreements, development of new trail opportunities and technologies and more. Local partners will discuss current projects, community needs, and new opportunities. Program is part of the U.S. Forest Service Trail Stewardship Summit.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=789

November 3-4, 2017 — Massachusetts Trails Conference

  • Leominster, MA
  • The theme for 2017 is "Building Trail Communities: A Path to Vibrant Communities." The Conference is hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) with funding provided by the Recreational Trails Program.
  • Info: http://www.masstrailsconference.com/

November 3-4, 2017 — 6th Annual NC Bike/Walk Summit

  • Wilmington, NC
  • The theme of this year’s summit is “Completing our streets….for all!.” Presentations will address these issues: * Funding and Implementation of Complete Streets * Improving Multi-modal Safety * Improving Community Engagement and Capacity Building with opportunities for affinity groups like APBP, SRTS/ARTS, and Advocacy Organizations to network and share information.
  • Info: http://www.bikewalknc.org/nc-bicycle-summit/

November 4-5, 2017 — Basic Trail Maintenance Training

  • El Cajon, CA
  • Intended for individuals who are new to trail work or want to take their trail techniques to the next level. Learn the basics of sustainability, maintenance techniques including updated water control and tread repair methodologies. Program is part of the U.S. Forest Service Trail Stewardship Summit.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=789

November 4-5, 2017 — Advanced Trail Crew Leader Training

  • El Cajon, CA
  • Intended for qualified individuals with considerable experience in trail building and maintenance, volunteer management, and the ability to commit to engaging with the Cleveland NF staff to plan and lead workdays. Program is part of the U.S. Forest Service Trail Stewardship Summit.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=789

November 9, 2017 — Webinar: Electric Bicycles: A Primer on the Technology & Land Manager Tools

November 10, 2017 — Game of Logging Level 3 — Storm Damage Removal

  • Williamsburg, MA
  • Participants attending this training must have gone through Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2. Training will focus on storm damage removal, including techniques for cutting back leaning trees. Instructors combine demonstration with participation to teach chainsaw safety, productivity and cutting techniques. Sponsored by Professional Trail Builders Association, Northeast Woodland Trainers, and Mass Audubon.
  • Info: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia/trail-building-training-series

November 15, 2018 — Webinar: Electric Mountain Bikes-- Who's Riding, Current Policies, and Resources

  • Online: 8-9 a.m. OR 11-Noon Pacific Time
  • Join PeopleForBikes for a comprehensive overview of what is happening with electric mountain bikes (eMTBs) and resources for land managers. Topics will include: eMTB users: who rides them, industry data, demographics, and desired experiences; An overview of local, state, and federal e-bike law and policies; Resoources for best management, toolkit, maps, studies, demos, signage, and other resources
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1318219169292391683

November 16, 2017 — Webinar: Recruiting, Engaging and Keeping Great Board Members

  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Developing a well-rounded board of directors is Job #1 when it comes to having a strong organization capable of achieving its mission. In this webinar, we will discuss high-yield strategies for analyzing your board's needs and building a membership or volunteer pipeline to board service. Sponsored by the Public Lands Alliance.
  • Info: http://www.publiclandsalliance.org/events

November 18, 2017 — Sustainable Trail Assessment

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn about the characteristics of sustainable and traditional trails and the five essential elements of sustainable trails. Students will also learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. The session will cover user and natural impacts and include desktop trail review and field assessment. Participants will gain field experience assessing existing trails and proposed reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or https://cgrocwa.rockinghamcc.edu/WebAdvisor/

November 18, 2017 — Western New England Greenway Conference

  • Bennington, VT
  • 10 am – 3:30 pm at the Bennington Museum. Join us as we continue to develop the Western New England Greenway (WNEG), a contiguous network of bike routes that connect New York City with Montreal. The WNEG connects with the East Coast Greenway in Norwalk, CT and connects with Quebec’s famed Route Verte at the Canada border.
  • Info: http://wnegreenway.org/events/

November 22-23, 2017 — Trailhead Canada 2017

 

Past events from October 2017

 

October 1-3, 2017 — Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit

  • Durham, NC
  • Fellow transportation leaders, policymakers, wellness professionals, parks and recreation leaders, and others will gather for the first Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit. We’ll share best practices, build relationships, and influence trail and greenway development in the Southeast.
  • Info: www.greenway.org/events/southeast-greenways-trails-summit

October 2, 2017 — Colorado Bicycle Summit

  • Denver, CO
  • This one-day program 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.
  • Info: https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/featured-event/colorado-bicycle-summit/

October 3-5, 2017 — 2017 National Wilderness Workshop

  • Russellville, AR
  • Learn the latest in wilderness policy and help with issue definition and resolution. Expand your knowledge and understanding of wilderness management. Be inspired by peer sharing and learning experiences during the Workshop. Participate in wilderness issue discussions with today’s wilderness leaders. Network with your peers and National and Regional wilderness leaders.
  • Info: http://www.wildernessalliance.org/

October 5-7, 2017 — Montana Trails, Recreation, and Park Conference

  • Missoula, MT
  • MTRPA partners with the Idaho/Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to provide education opportunities for park and recreation professionals, planners, landscape architects, architects, and engineers with CEUs for each profession.
  • Info: http://www.mtrpa.info/mtrpa-conference/

October 5-9, 2017 — Hatfield-McCoy National TrailFest

  •  If you've ever been to a TrailFest, then you already know that it's one of the premier UTV, ATV, and Dirtbike riding events in the country.  This world class national event offers some of the VERY BEST TRAIL RIDING IN THE WORLD, with direct access to our Rockhouse Trail from the host site location. 
  • Info: https://www.trailsheaven.com/National-Trail-Fest/Home.aspx

October 6-7, 2017 — Trail Building and Stewardship Skills

  • Easthampton and Northampton, MA
  • Participants will learn how to design and construct two foot bridges and a series of short re-routed sections of trail. Instructors will also discuss wildlife considerations, permit acquisition, how to manage and maintain trails for a variety of users including motorized and non-motorized trails, project site risk management, and how to lead volunteers to accomplish project goals. Sponsored by Professional Trail Builders Association, Northeast Woodland Trainers, and Mass Audubon.
  • Info: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia/trail-building-training-series

October 6-7, 2017 — Alaska Mountain Bike Summit

October 11-12, 2017 — Sustainable Trails For All Workshop

  • Greenfield, NH
  • This 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: Deb DeCicco at 603-547-1475 or sustainabletrailsworkshops@gmail.com

October 13-15, 2017 — Colorado Mountain Bike Summit

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Let's unpave the way forward and plan for the next decade of trails. The summit will be a great opportunity to network with volunteer advocates, land stewards, federal and state land managers, industry representatives and other IMBA partners from around Colorado and beyond.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=786

October 14-15, 2017 — Navigation in the Wilderness

  • Ontonagon, MI
  • Location is the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Start with basic compass work and continue to build your skills by incorporating use of a topographical map and UTM coordinates with advanced compass skills. Then take the leap to direction finding by navigating by using the sun and other navigation stars along with using nature awareness to maintain direction while moving.
  • Info: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_48474_48525-407269--,00.html

October 16-19, 2017 — Sustainable Trail Design and Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

  • Wentworth, NC
  • Participants will learn the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. The session will cover design, construction, and maintenance techniques that minimize the volume and velocity of water on the trail tread. It will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience constructing new trail, reroutes, and maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.
  • Info: johnsont1587@rockinghamcc.edu or https://cgrocwa.rockinghamcc.edu/WebAdvisor/

October 16-18, 2017 — Trail of Tears Conference and Symposium

October 18-22, 2017 — National Paddlesports Conference

  • Bryson City, NC
  • American Canoe Association presents exciting events for paddlers of all experience levels, High Quality Educational Sessions.
  • Info: http://www.americancanoe.org/page/NPC

October 18, 2017 — Webinar: The Changing Face of Camping

  • Over the past few years, there has been a growth in camping nationwide that is being driven in part by the changing demographics of the U.S. population. Camping is becoming more representative of the overall population with more and more younger campers taking to the outdoors and bringing with them a different outlook on what camping is and should be, as well as being part of a more diverse segment of campers. These changes in the camper demographic are going to place a different set of demands on those who serve the camping sector of outdoor recreation, whether it is how campgrounds are designed, or the activities, services and amenities that are being provided.
  • Info: https://www.recpro.org/webinars

October 18, 2017 — Webinar: Making Signals Work for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

  • Online: 1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern
  • This webinar will focus on how agencies can use their traffic signals to make intersections safer and more comfortable for nonmotorized road users. Peter Koonce, PE of Portland, Oregon will share tips and strategies for improving intersections through signal timing, cycle lengths, speed management, protected phasing, and more. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion period featuring questions submitted by webinar attendees.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1182843999248989955

October 19, 2017 — Connecticut Trails Symposium

  • East Hartford, CT
  • The CT Greenways Council, in partnership with Goodwin College, encourages you to engage in conversation about why and how to put your local trail systems to work for your community. Speakers and panels will use local examples to illustrate the demand for and benefits of local trails and how your community can sustain a world class trail system.
  • Info: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2707&q=323858&deepNav_GID=1704%20

October 19, 2017 — Webinar: Trail Users Count! Automated Trail User Counting in Greater Philadelphia

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • American Trails will present this Webinar on October 19, 2017 with Chris Linn with Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. This webinar will explore how data, metrics, and advanced tools are being used to further the development of trail networks, and showcase how automated bicyclist and pedestrian counting especially helped with an extensive trail system in the state of Delaware.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/resources/ManageMaintain/webinar-trail-users-count.html

October 20-21, 2017 — Building With Stone

  • Plainfield, MA
  • Instructor and Professional Trail Builder Erin Amadon, of Peter Jensen Associates, LLC, will train participants in stone selection, shaping stone to meet the needs of the project, and stone staircase construction. Participants will be trained to use a variety of methods for stone cutting and shaping including drilling, splitting and using hand tools. Sponsored by Professional Trail Builders Association, Northeast Woodland Trainers, and Mass Audubon.
  • Info: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia/trail-building-training-series

October 20-23, 2017 — ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Landscape architects work every day to give form to common areas where people meet and interact, creating and celebrating community. Streets, parks, markets, and gardens in urban and rural settings are places we share. We work with our common currency— water, soil, light, and air— to design, repurpose, restore, maintain, and protect natural and built places.
  • Info: https://www.aslameeting.com/

October 21-22, 2017 — Arizona Trail Association: Trail Design and Layout

  • Patagonia, AZ
  • AZTA's Trail Skills Institute presents the principals of trail design and deciding between switchbacks and climbing turns; regulations and environmental laws behind constructing new trail; why a trail needs to be realigned, and how to do that with minimal impact; GPS route planning, corridor, and tight flagging to learn how to design a trail that any crew can see as you do.
  • Info: http://www.aztrail.org/volunteers/training.html

October 26, 2017 — Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop

October 27, 2017 — Oregon Trails Summit

 

Past events from September 2017

 

September 7, 2017 — Webinar: Questions and Answers on Accessibility Standards

  • Online webinar: 2:30 pm Eastern
  • This is a regular webinar series that provides an opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to the Access Board's work and activities. 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 related to the Board's work. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.
  • Info: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=110599

September 10, 2017 — Arizona Trail - Skills Institute Sessions

  • Mormon Lake, AZ
  • Learn trail corridor theory to gain a sense of why trail work matters. Includes how to see the trail in the context of the surrounding landscape and how to identify and correct potential erosion problems. This session covers Module 1: Seeing the Trail and Module 2: Trail Corridor and Maintenance.
  • Info: http://www.aztrail.org/volunteers/training.html

September 12, 2017 — Webinar: U.S. Federal Policy Briefing

September 13-15, 2017 — National Walking Summit

  • St. Paul, MN
  • The National Walking Summit is the premier opportunity for community advocates, nonprofit representatives, government officials, and transit, health, and planning professionals to share best practices and stories, increase the visibility of key issues, build support for the walking movement, and create momentum for the work ahead.
  • Info: http://walkingsummit.org/

September 19-21, 2017 — Walk 21

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Walk21 Calgary will draw academia, citizens, policy-makers, urban planners, healthcare professionals, and local leaders who are invested in fostering healthy and vibrant communities. International delegates will experience Calgary’s emerging walkability, discuss how walking transforms rapidly growing cities, and be exposed to new ideas about how walking can connect people and communities.
  • Info: https://www.ucalgary.ca/walk21calgary/

September 20, 2017 — Webinar: Green Design: Minimizing Environmental Impact in Public Rights of Way

  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals presents green design elements for streets, and present specific strategies through case studies for incorporating elements of green infrastructure and green design. They will also explore current funding sources for Green Streets and discuss the Capital City Bikeway in Minneapois from concept to construction including low impact development and green design features..
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=900276&group=

September 21, 2017 — Webinar: Connecting Communities: Integrating Transportation and Recreation Networks

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • American Trails will present this Webinar on September 21, 2017 with Christopher Douwes and Laura Toole with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This webinar will explore how to integrate transportation and recreation infrastructure.
  • Info: http://americantrails.org/resources/trans/webinar-connecting-communities.html

September 21, 2017 — Webinar: Partnership for the National Trails System trail intern grant program

  • Online webinar: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • The Partnership for the National Trails System— in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service— is providing mini project grants for young adults to become involved with our national scenic and historic trails. These grants will help to support internships opportunities. They will be available to both Federal agency partners and PNTS non-profit member group organizations and affiliates.
  • Info: http://pnts.org/new/intern-grants/

September 24-26, 2017 — Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit

  • Reading, PA
  • Every other year, the PA Recreation and Park Society and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources join forces with a local host committee to present the statewide conference. The Summit provides trail professionals, volunteers, and advocates with the essential information needed to build, manage, and maintain trails throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Info: http://www.prps.org/training/training-greenways.html

September 26-28, 2017 — NRPA Annual Conference 2017

  • New Orleans, LA
  • Every year, thousands of park and recreation professionals attend the NRPA Annual Conference for energetic networking activities, inspirational education sessions and an inside look at the latest products for the field.h
  • Info: https://www.nrpa.org/conference2017/

September 28-30, 2017 — Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium

  • Olathe, KS
  • Hosted by the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter and the Douglas County Chapter, Olathe, KS. The theme will be “The Santa Fe Trail: America's First Highway of International Commerce.”
  • Info: http://www.santafetrail.org/trail-events.html

 

Past events from August 2017

 

August 1, 2017 — Webinar: Outdoor Recreation: Partnering for Relevancy and Inclusion

  • Online webinar: 2:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern (1 pm Central, Noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
  • Regional partnerships with higher education institutions can be an effective and rewarding endeavor to achieve youth goals and management objectives in a way that rejuvenates staff and educates the next generation of public land professionals. Dr. Briget Eastep is an Associate Professor of Outdoor Recreation at Southern Utah University and has built outdoor programs at SUU through partnerships with regional land management agencies in order to offer exceptional real world learning experiences for students.
  • Info: https://www.recpro.org/webinars

August 3, 2017 — Webinar: Surface Roughness and Rollability Research for Pedestrians

  • Online webinar: 2:30 pm Eastern
  • While there are ways to measure and analyze surface roughness for roadways, none are appropriate for pedestrian pathways. The Access Board funded a study that used subject testing to examine how the roughness of pathway surfaces impacts wheelchair travel. Results from this research were used in the development of a new ASTM standard on pedestrian surfaces. This session will discuss the research findings and the new ASTM standard.
  • Info: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=110598

August 4-11, 2017 — Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference

  • Waterville, ME
  • "Views from the Maine Woods" includes workshops, hikes (both on the A.T. and others), excursions, special activities, entertainment showcasing Maine entertainers we know you will enjoy, and the ATC's Annual Meeting.
  • Info: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

August 5, 2017 — Trail Assessment Training

  • Palmer, AK
  • This one-day training includes both classroom and field portions. It is designed to teach volunteers the basics of sustainable trails, common problems on trails and a process for identifying and cataloging those problems. Various methods – both paper and electronic – will be employed to collect and organize the data gathered. Sponsored by Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation.
  • Info: Steve Cleary at 907-334-8049

August 15, 2017 — Webinar: Innovative Statewide Partnerships for Active Transportation Planning

  • Online webinar: 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern
  • Highlights three statewide approaches to planning for pedestrians and bicyclists that include innovative partnerships between state departments of transportation, state departments of health, and metropolitan planning organizations or local governments. The presenters will discuss the approaches to collecting and integrating data, analyzing potential impacts, identifying collaborative solutions, and integrating pedestrian and bicycle considerations into statewide long range transportation plans and programs.
  • Info: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/176207.aspx

August 16, 2017 — Webinar: Walking and Bicycling in an Automated Future

  • Online webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern
  • Part I: The Promise and Challenges of Automated Technologies - speakers will discuss policy issues and tools that can guide the evolution of automated vehicles in a way that supports vibrant, multimodal communities. Hear perspectives from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, UC Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation, Sam Schwartz Engineering, the Portland, OR Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative. Ask questions and share ideas in a facilitated discussion afterward.
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6164921399129647873

August 20-24, 2017 — Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

  • Portland, OR
  • Portland State University presents pioneers and leading practitioners to teach the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research. Daily field tours in the Portland area provide first-hand experience with innovative bicycle facilities and treatments, providing a unique “living laboratory” to study.
  • Info: https://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/`comprehensive-bikeway-design-10

August 22-27, 2017 — Annual NOHVCC/INOHVAA Joint Conference

  • Manchester, NH
  • Sponsored by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. These conferences involve land managers, enthusiasts, organizations, and industry to share information and experiences, participate in educational opportunities, and become partners in “furthering a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.” It is also a great opportunity for education regarding current and future best management practices.
  • Info: http://www.nohvcc.org/Education/Conference.aspx

August 25-27, 2017 — Trail Building Workshop with Michigan Mountain Biking Association

  • Boyne Falls, MI
  • The Michigan Mountain Bike Festival includes a hands-on Trail Building Workshop as well as riding clinics. Participants will be working on a trail and learning some planning considerations, trail building, and maintenance.
  • Info: https://www.bikereg.com/mmbf17

August 29, 2017 —Webinar: Partnership for the National Trails System trail intern grant program

  • Online webinar: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
  • The Partnership for the National Trails System— in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service— is providing mini project grants for young adults to become involved with our national scenic and historic trails. These grants will help to support internships opportunities. They will be available to both Federal agency partners and PNTS non-profit member group organizations and affiliates.
  • Info: http://pnts.org/new/intern-grants/

August 31, 2017 —Webinar: Reducing Crime One Trail at a Time

  • Online webinar: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • American Trails hosts this program to explore methods of enhancing trail security and safety perceptions through environmental design. While studies have shown that trails themselves do not generate crime, in many urban areas, perceived safety is serious, and even the perception of trail safety creates a stigma for trails as a public facility. Using a multi-disciplinary, multi-pronged approach to trail planning and design, managers, planners, and volunteers can create a climate of safety on trails.
  • Info: http://americantrails.org/resources/safety/webinar-reducing-crime-one-trail-at-a-time.html

Past events from July 2017

 

July 6-11, 2017 — Colorado Trail Fest

  • Leadville, CO
  • Discover the famous Colorado Trail during a trail-based celebration bringing together outdoor enthusiasts to hike and camp approximately a 25-mile stretch of the Colorado Trail.
  • Info: https://www.cobs.org/course/colorado-trail-fest/

July 12-13, 2017 — Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

  • Portland, OR
  • This Portland State University 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: https://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/integrating-bike-ped-topics-into-university-transportation-courses

July 14-16, 2017 — COHVCO Great Trails Training Workshop

  • Castle Rock, CO
  • The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, in conjunction with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Colorado State Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management, will be holding the workshops. The 3-day training will consist of classroom sessions on July 14, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and field sessions on May 6-7, at the Rampart Range Recreation Area.
  • Info: http://www.nohvcc.org/Education/Workshops/cohvco-workshops-2017

July 21-23, 2017 — Tahoe Trail Skills College

  • Truckee, CA
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Association invites volunteers to attend the annual training weekend. The sessions offered are designed to train new and returning volunteers in a variety of topics from trail maintenance to invasive species identification.
  • Info: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer/trail-skills-college/tahoe/

July 22, 2017 — Advanced Trail Skills- Rock Skills

  • Eldorado Canyon State Park, CO
  • Rock work is a technically challenging but extremely rewarding advanced component of trail construction and maintenance. Working with Mike McHugh, one of the best rock experts on the Front Range, you will learn the principles behind rock structures. This rock work skills training is primarily intended for anyone who has trail building experience and wants to take it to the next level.
  • Info: https://www.wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=trainings#event2212

July 23-26, 2017 — Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting

  • Billings, MT
  • Attendees at the 2017 Annual Meeting will have an opportunity to visit the site of the once elusive Canoe Camp on the Yellowstone River. The last of the dugout canoes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were constructed near Park City, Montana.
  • Info: http://www.lewisandclark.org/meeting/index.php

July 27-29, 2017 — North Country Trail Alliance Celebration

  • Marquette, MI
  • Hikes both on and off the NCT, non-hiking activities, break-out sessions, dinners with the National Park Service’s Volunteer-in-Parks recognitions, the North Country Trail Association’s Annual Awards presentation, live auction, and presentations about the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, the Appalachian Trail in story and song, and an update on the Iron Belle Trail will all be included. Pre and post activities to attend as you travel to and from the Celebration are also in the works.
  • Info: http://nctacelebration.org/

July 31 - Aug. 4, 2017 — Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

  • Portland, OR
  • Portland State University presents the IBPI advanced course on bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience. With one-on-one problem solving with instructors, the course primarily focuses on improving existing bicycle networks.
  • Info: https://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/comprehensive-bikeway-design-20

Past events from JUNE, 2017

 

June 1-4, 2017 — Allingham Trail Skills College

June 3, 2017 — National Trails Day

  • On trails everywhere!
  • American Hiking Society sponsors National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails. National Trails Day events include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.
  • Info: http://nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org/

June 8, 2017 — ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop

  • Durham, NH
  • American Canoe Association's Adaptive Paddling Workshops provide the information necessary to seamlessly integrate individuals with physical disabilities into outdoor recreation programs in the context of paddlesports. Learn from experts about adaptive paddlesport outfitting, risk assessment and management, and techniques to paddle comfortably, safely, and with a high level of performance.
  • Info: http://www.americancanoe.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=927168&group=

June 9-11, 2017 — Big Bend Trail Skills College

June 14, 2017 — Webinar: Tools and Programs for Measuring Walking and Walkability

  • Online webinar: 2-3 pm Eastern
  • When talking about opportunities to walk, knowing where to walk and what makes an attractive walk are key. Data, mapping tools, and assessments can be useful in making the argument for walkable communities and the development of healthy and inclusive cities. Learn about some of the leading tools available to walking advocates. 
  • Info: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5920573627066137603

June 21-23, 2017 — Downhill Bike Park Summit

  • Northstar, CA
  • National Ski Areas Association sponsors this annual conference for managers or mountain bike trail systems associated with ski areas. Rides are featured along with sessions on marketing, maintenance, signs, events, Risk Management, and trail design.
  • Info: www.nsaa.org/events/mountain-bike-summit/mbs-home/

June 21, 2017 — Webinar: Putting the Data to Work for Better Planning and Evaluation

  • Online webinar: 3 pm Eastern
  • PeopleForBikes' will discuss their forthcoming network analysis tool. Its goal is to join policy with politics, making it relatively cheap and easy for cities to locate the weakest areas in their biking network — and, eventually, the easiest ways to make the network better. 
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=900265

June 22, 2017 — Webinar: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities

June 26-29, 2017 — Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals seminar

  • Memphis, TN
  • The Professional Development Seminar theme this year is "Walk and Roll: Transformations in Transportation" and our tracks are focusing on Building a Diverse Profession, Implementing Complete Streets Policies, and Partnerships. We will have a host of informative and exciting mobile tours to choose from for you to explore our host city of Memphis!
  • Info: http://apbppds.org/

June 28-30, 2017 — PeopleForBikes PlacesforBikes Conference

  • Madison, WI
  • The focus is on quickly improving bike infrastructure to connect people to education, employment, recreation and transit. Attendees will learn how projects both large and small, from major new pathways to small pump tracks from protected bike lanes to mountain bike trails, can transform and invirgorate communities for both locals and visitors.
  • Info: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/placesforbikes/pages/conference-2017

 

Past events from May 2017

 

May 7-10, 2017 — 23rd International Trails Symposium

  • Dayton, OH
  • American Trails hosts the 23rd International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10, 2017. We are proud to feature for a second Symposium the Professional TrailBuilders Association’s (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Workshop Series, Legacy Trail, Technical Track, and Outdoor Trade Show. This will be an inspiring and educational conference as we come together as a trails community.
  • Info: http://americantrails.org/ee/index.php/symposium/2017

May 1-4, 2017 — Trail Master Course

  • Brimfield, IL
  • American Endurance Ride Conference sponsors Trail Master classes to learn the proper way to design and build new trails -- and maintain and improve existing trails. Land managers attend the class with riders. Mornings are spent in the classroom, and afternoons are set aside for field work and getting one's hands dirty. Those who graduate from the four-day course are certified crew leaders, and can go anyplace to lead crews in the proper way to maintain, build and design trails.
  • Info: https://aerc.org/static/trailmaster.aspx

May 3-5, 2017 — Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum

  • Burns, TN
  • This year’s forum theme is “Tennessee Trails: A Community's Pathway to Health, Happiness and Prosperity!"Forum sessions will highlight the impact of greenways and trails in our communities and discuss their role in uniting our citizens, improving health and combating obesity, promote economic development and tourism, provide alternative transportation opportunities and connecting people to nature.
  • Info: See registration website

May 4, 2017 — Wisconsin Bike Summit

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • American Endurance Ride Conference sponsors Trail Master classes to learn the proper way to design and build new trails -- and maintain and improve existing trails. Land managers attend the class with riders. Mornings are spent in the classroom, and afternoons are set aside for field work and getting one's hands dirty. Those who graduate from the four-day course are certified crew leaders, and can go anyplace to lead crews in the proper way to maintain, build and design trails.
  • Info: https://aerc.org/static/trailmaster.aspx

May 5-7, 2017 — West Cascades Trail Skills College

  • McKenzie Bridge, OR
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Association, High Cascade Forest Volunteers, and Willamette and Deschutes National Forests invite you to attend the annual volunteer training weekend. The sessions offered are designed to train new and returning volunteers in a variety of topics from trail maintenance to invasive species identification.
  • Info: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer/trail-skills-college/westfir/

May 5-7, 2017 — COHVCO Great Trails Training Workshop

  • Grand Junction, CO
  • The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, in conjunction with National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Colorado State Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management, will be holding the three day workshops.
  • Info: http://www.nohvcc.org/Education/Workshops/cohvco-workshops-2017

May 10, 2017 — National Bike to School Day

  • Across America
  • Thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials around the country will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school during National Bike to School Day. Register your school’s event today to be counted among the thousands of schools who participate each year.
  • Info: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

May 10-11, 2017 — Friends of Verde River Greenway Conference

  • Clarkdale, AZ
  • This event is held to bring together the broad network of partners, community members, local leadership, scientists, restoration practitioners, business owners, and all other river enthusiasts who have a vested interest in the health of the Verde River Watershed. Through field trips, panel discussions, and a keynote speaker, VWRC will bring our audience into the folds of the state of the Verde River Watershed, as it sustains flows, restores habitat, and promotes community.
  • Info: http://www.verderivergreenway.org/the-verde-river-state-of-the-watershed-conference/

May 13-14, 2017 — Crew Leader Training in Trails - Eldorado Canyon

  • Eldorado Canyon State Park, CO
  • Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build your professional leadership skills while helping other volunteers get the most out of a project! This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage techniques, and volunteer care and safety protocols. You will also be introduced to trail construction techniques and get hands-on practice as a crew leader.
  • Info: https://www.wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=trainings#event2211

May 14-17, 2017 — National ADA Symposium

  • Chicago, IL
  • This is the single greatest annual gathering of Americans with Disabilities Act professionals in the country.
  • Info: http://www.adasymposium.org/

May 17, 2017 — Webinar: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities

May 18, 2017 — Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop

May 19-20, 2017 — Oklahoma Bike Summit

  • Muskogee, OK
  • The Oklahoma Bike Summit is an annual two-day educational and advocacy conference, hosted by the Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition, and features a variety of speakers and sessions focused on bicycle facility design, bicycle tourism, bicycle education, and Safe Routes To School
  • Info: www.okbikesummit.org/OklahomaBikeSummit/Home.html

May 19-21, 2017 — North Cascades Trail Skills College

Past events from April 2017

 

April 1, 2017 — St. Louis Women's Bike Summit

  • St. Louis, MO
  • To share experience and knowledge through lectures, hands-on presentations, panel discussions, and interactions with each other and our cycling community partners. We want to unite women of the Metro St. Louis area who share a desire to make cycling an activity they can pursue for the rest of their lives.
  • Info: http://www.stlwomensbikesummit.org/home.html

April 6-7, 2017 — Trail Master Course

  • Ford City, PA
  • American Endurance Ride Conference sponsors Trail Master classes to learn the proper way to design and build new trails -- and maintain and improve existing trails. Land managers attend the class with riders. Mornings are spent in the classroom, and afternoons are set aside for field work and getting one's hands dirty. Those who graduate from the four-day course are certified crew leaders, and can go anyplace to lead crews in the proper way to maintain, build and design trails.
  • Info: https://aerc.org/static/trailmaster.aspx

April 6-7, 2017 — Crosscut Saw Training

  • Estacada, OR
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Association saw program certifies sawyers for bucking operations only, and is made possible thanks to safety and operation agreements with the U.S. Forest Service. This event is open to PCTA volunteers and members only. There are two class sessions - the first is April 6-7, the second is April 8-9. Students only need to attend one two-day session. (Sawyers applying for re-certification only need to attend a single day.)
  • Info: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer-project/estacada-crosscut-saw-training/

April 8-9, 2017 — Crosscut Saw Training

  • Estacada, OR
  • The Pacific Crest Trail Association saw program certifies sawyers for bucking operations only, and is made possible thanks to safety and operation agreements with the U.S. Forest Service. This event is open to PCTA volunteers and members only. There are two class sessions - the first is April 6-7, the second is April 8-9. Students only need to attend one two-day session. (Sawyers applying for re-certification only need to attend a single day.)
  • Info: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer-project/estacada-crosscut-saw-training/

April 11, 2017 — Webinar: Part I: Designing for Bicyclist Safety

  • Online webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern
  • The first part of the webinar series will provide context for considering bicyclists in the transportation system. Panelists will introduce common safety problems for bicyclists, explore trends in bicyclist safety, and identify a range of strategies for diagnosing safety problems. This three-part webinar series is based on a recently-developed training course from the Federal Highway Administration and delivered by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
  • Info: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_dbs.cfm

April 17, 2017 — Webinar: Part II: Designing for Bicyclist Safety Along the Road

  • Online webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern
  • Part two will share information about countermeasures and strategies to improve on-road bicycle facilities. This three-part webinar series is based on a recently-developed training course from the Federal Highway Administration and delivered by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
  • Info: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_dbs.cfm

April 19-21, 2017 — California Trails & Greenways Conference

  • Monterey, CA
  • Discover new partnerships and take advantage of great networking opportunities. California Trails & Greenways is the longest running and most successful trails conference in the world, celebrating 32 years in 2017. Learn from over 80 session presenters, each a recognized leader and trail expert. Highly visible exhibit areas offer products and services for all trail types, and provide meaningful face-to-face discussions with trails professionals. Exposure to the latest trail products, trends and technology.
  • Info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24151

April 20-22, 2017 — Georgia Trail Summit

  • Columbus, GA
  • The program will be heavy on how-to sessions with practical content on the full lifecycle of successful trails, from concept and construction to operations and long-term sustainability. Share your proven approach or innovative trail project with a broad, statewide audience. Or lead a mobile workshop sharing the latest techniques.
  • Info: https://georgiatrailsummit.com/

April 21-23, 2017 — Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • The Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training is an intensive weekend-long training for volunteers who are interested in becoming certified and active Volunteer Crew Leaders. While in the training, participants will learn how to lead safe, successful trail projects and develop basic trail construction and restoration skills. The training is hosted in partnership by Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of the Peak, and the City of Colorado Springs.
  • Info: https://www.rmfi.org/programs/pikes-peak-regional-crew-leader-training

April 21-23, 2017 — 27th Annual East Coast Paddlesports Symposium

  • Charleston, SC
  • A 3-day immersion in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of kayaking, canoeing, and more. The symposium is the heart of the Charleston Outdoor Fest, and paddling enthusiasts will not be disappointed. Classroom lectures and on-water basics and master classes are available. Package holders will also have access to unlimited boat demos from the world's leading manufacturers, social opportunities with the world's top instructors, and much more.
  • Info: http://www.americancanoe.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=904655&group=

April 22, 2017 — Trail Care 101—The Open Classroom

  • Petersburg, PA
  • Keystone Trails Association sponsors a workshop at Whipple Dam State Park on how trails are built and maintained differently, in different places. Learn the skills, the lingo, the why and how of trail care, and the safety precautions you need to know to be a Trail Maintainer.
  • Info: http://www.kta-hike.org/trail-care-101-workshop.html

April 23, 2017 — ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop

  • Charleston, SC
  • American Canoe Association's Adaptive Paddling Workshops provide the information necessary to seamlessly integrate individuals with physical disabilities into outdoor recreation programs in the context of paddlesports. For kayakers with physical disabilities (and those interested in becoming kayakers), the final day of this APW (Tuesday, April 25) offers a perfect opportunity to learn from experts about adaptive paddlesport outfitting, risk assessment and management, and techniques to paddle comfortably, safely, and with a high level of performance.
  • Info: http://www.americancanoe.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=921840&group=

April 23, 2017 — USFS Saw Safety Training & Certification

  • Coon Rapids, MN
  • Hosted by the Border Route Trail Association. The Forest Service provides at no charge the training necessary for certification in April of each year at Bunker Hills regional Park in Coon Rapids, MN. The training and certification only covers bucking (cutting trees that are already down on the ground). It does not cover tree felling.
  • Info: http://www.borderroutetrail.org/sawtraining.html

April 25, 2017 — Webinar: Exploring Transportation Statistics - Bike Statistics

  • Online webinar: 1:30 pm Eastern
  • Join presenters from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Federal Highway Administration, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and explore the role data plays in monitoring and observing key trends in bicycle transportation. Presentations will cover nonmotorized count extensions to the Traffic Monitoring Guide and the Traffic Monitoring Analysis System, the MPO Bike/Ped Count Technology Pilot Project as well as highlights from the Intermodal Passenger Connectivity Database.
  • Info: https://www.bts.gov/event/behind-numbers-exploring-transportation-statistics-bike-statistics

April 25-27, 2017 — Virginia Land Conservation and Greenways Conference

  • Williamsburg, VA
  • For the 11th annual conference, Virginia’s United Land Trusts are partnering with the Statewide Trails Advisory Committee. There will be four tracks of concurrent sessions, with two tracks for land conservation topics, one track for greenways topics, and a fourth track for topics that combine both land conservation and greenways. There will also be field trips, a banquet, and lots of opportunities to network.
  • Info: Peggy Stevens with the Northern Virginia Land Trust, pstevens@nvct.org

April 27, 2017 — Webinar: Part III: Designing for Bicyclist Safety at Intersections

  • Online webinar: 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern
  • Part three will explore design strategies to improve bicyclist safety at intersections. This three-part webinar series is based on a recently-developed training course from the Federal Highway Administration and delivered by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
  • Info: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_dbs.cfm

April 27-30, 2017 — Annual Buckeye TrailFest

  • Yellow Springs, OH
  • Hikes, presentations, the silent and live auctions, good meals, great friends, workshops, and much more will keep you busy, learning, and entertained during TrailFest. Sponsored By The Buckeye Trail Assocation.
  • Info: http://www.buckeyetrailfest.org/index.php

April 27-30, 2017 — Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Conference

April 28-30, 2017 — Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

Past events from March 2017

 

March 4, 2017 — Trail Clinic: Reclamation strategies for problem trail segments

  • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, TX
  • This will be a clinic on developing a plan for closing and rerouting problem trail segments. The clinic will include a hike though of a problem trail segment and a discussion of strategies for repair or closure and rerouting. Sponsored by Central Texas Trail Tamers.
  • Info: see website

March 5, 2017 — Trail Building 101 Course at Fort Bluff

  • Fort Bluff, TN
  • An essential, hands-on course in building a sustainable hiking trail. Under the guidance of Cumberland Trails Conference Master Trail Builders, participants will work through every aspect of trail building from corridor clearing to final grooming. Students will learn tool safety, trail terminology, the “zipper-method” of duff removal, the importance of cutting a proper back slope, how to “grub-out” stumps and simple rock work. Participants will gain a better appreciation for how water and hikers work against a trail and the techniques that make a trail sustainable with little or no maintenance.
  • Info: http://www.cumberlandtrail.org/2017/02/ctc-news-february-2017/

March 6-9, 2017 — National Bike Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • This dynamic event includes keynote addresses from top government officials, members of Congress, and leaders from advocacy and industry; workshops that highlight innovative advocacy ideas and trends from around the country; and, of course, an organized Lobby Day to bring our message about the benefits of bicycling to our elected officials on Capitol Hill.
  • Info: http://bikeleague.org/summit

March 8, 2017 — Cumberland Trails Conference Leadership Training

  • Fort Bluff, TN
  • This hands-on session focuses on becoming a better leader of volunteer trail building teams. Covers how to teach basic trail building skills, safety, terminology, assessing crew strengths and technical skills. Beyond the basics; armoring, water crossings and rock work techniques are covered. Sponsored by Cumberland Trails Conference.
  • Info: http://www.cumberlandtrail.org/2017/02/ctc-news-february-2017/

March 11, 2017 — Trail Maintenance Workshop

March 11-12, 2017 — Crew Leader Training for Trails

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • This program equips experienced trail volunteers with the soft skills and opportunities to assist public land agencies and organizations in leading critical trail and restoration projects all over our northern region. The program begins with an intensive weekend-long course where participants will learn how to lead safe, successful trail projects and develop basic trail construction and restoration skills. After the training weekend, participants will be encouraged to sign up and co-lead 2 volunteer workdays under the supervision of experienced Crew Leaders.
  • Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crew-leader-training-for-trails-registration-31939876029?aff=erelexpmlt

March 12-18, 2017 — Sustainable Trails Conference

  • Bend, OR
  • The 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference features the PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops, a technical track of Concurrent Session exploring all of the aspects of good trail design, construction, planning and maintenance, a local Legacy Trail, and of course the world famous Outdoor Trade Show and Demonstration Area. Multi-day workshops are paid workshops, offered either pre-conference (March 11-12) or post-conference (March 16-18).
  • Info: www.trailbuilders.org/training/sustainable-trails-conference-bend-or-march-12-18-2017

March 16-18, 2017 — Modern Mountain Biking Facilities Development

  • Bend, OR
  • Recent innovations in mountain biking facilities have left many land managers confused. What is a bike park, a flow trail, a pump track? Who do these facilities serve, what do they cost to develop, and how is risk and maintenance managed? Three of the country's leading mtb facility planner-designers, Nat Lopes of Hilride, Scott Linnenburger of Kay-Linn Enterprises and Woody Keen of Trail Wisdom, will provide a comprehensive classroom and field-based exploration of these facilities.
  • Info: http://www.trailbuilders.org/

March 14, 2017 — Utah Bike Summit

  • Ogden, UT
  • The 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 in order to make Utah more bicycle friendly.
  • Info: https://bikeutah.org/utah-bike-summit/utah-bike-summit-2/

March 20-21, 2017 — Oregon Active Transportation Summit

  • Portland, OR
  • Attendees work to create a shared vision of the transportation system investments, policies, and programs that could most effectively transform our communities into vibrant, safe, healthy, active places for all.
  • Info: http://ourhealthystreets.org/atsummit/

March 23-24, 2017 — Nebraska Bike/Walk Summit

  • Lincoln, NE
  • Sponsored by Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Walkable Communities project, and S & G Endeavors brings biking and walking advocates and professionals together to hear from dynamic speakers, learn about what others are doing around the state and region, and receive skills training needed as we work to enhance the Good Life in Nebraska through biking and walking.

  • Info: https://www.nebikewalksummit.org/

March 24-26, 2017 — Alabama Hiking Society Trail Conference

March 24-26, 2017 — 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

  • Elkin, NC
  • The central events of the weekend include the Hiking Boot Gala on Friday night and the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday. Before and after the gala - Friday through Sunday - Elkin has organized a full-schedule of Trail and Town Excursions to help you enjoy the outdoors and learn more about this special part of North Carolina.
  • Info: see website

March 25, 2017 — Trail Builder for a Day

  • Hopatcong, NJ
  • This day in the field will teach about techniques like side-hilling and drain-building which help ensure that hiking trails remain in peak condition despite the challenges of erosion from nature and regular use. It will also discuss more advanced trail building techniques like turnpiking and bog-bridging to address wet areas. Hosted by The Lake Hopatcong Foundation and New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
  • Info: www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org/datelocation-announced-for-free-trail-maintenance-workshop

March 31, 2017 — Arizona Bicycling Summit

  • Mesa, AZ
  • Speakers from the Federal Highway Administration and local Association of Governments with updates on policy and funding as relates to bicycling in Arizona; Urban/commuter issues in Arizona; A presentation related to improving service to/for underserved bicycling communities; Ideas for creating/improving successful bicycling advocacy organizations
  • Info: http://www.cazbike.org/summit2017/

March 28-30, 2017 — Florida Off-Highway Vehicle Great Trails Training Workshop

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • The National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council with the US Forest Service and the Florida Forest Service, will conduct this OHV Trails Training Workshop. The classroom session on March 28th at the Tallahassee Community College is followed by field sessions on May 29 and 30 at the Apalachicola National Forest. The workshop is made possible with a grant from the Florida OHV program.
  • Info: http://www.nohvcc.org/Resources/events/2017/02/13/florida-great-trails-workshop

March 31 - April 2, 2017 — Oregon-California Trails Association Spring Symposium

  • Vancouver, WA
  • The Oregon-California Trails Association and the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation present the 2017 "Vancouver: Layers of History on the Columbia River Symposium." The symposium will focus on the Ice Age Floods and their influence on regional geography, local American Indian populations, early explorers, the fur trade, Lewis & Clark, the Oregon Trail, and Fort Vancouver.
  • Info: www.octa-trails.org/news/join-us-for-our-vancouver-symposium-march-31-april-2-2017

Past events from February 2017

 

February 2, 2017 —Webinar: Website accessibility and information and communication technology

  • Online webinar: 2:30 PM ET
  • The Access Board reviews updates for information and communication technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communication Act. The Section 508 Standards apply to electronic and information technology procured by the federal government, including computer hardware and software, websites, multimedia such as video, phone systems, and copiers. The Section 255 Guidelines address access to telecommunications products and services, and apply to manufacturers of telecommunication equipment..
  • Info: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=110588

February 11, 2017 — Trail Crew Training

  • Palos Verdes, CA
  • oin Palos Verdes Peninsula Conservancy's indoor introductory class to learn more about how you can help improve Peninsula trails! Snacks and coffee will be provided! Following this course, don't miss field classes held every 2nd Saturday from 9am to 12pm that focus on various techniques for erosion repair, building rock walls, proper pruning and more! No experience needed, 18 and over.
  • Info: http://calendar.bigsunday.org/event/trail-crew-training/?instance_id=133626

February 12-15, 2017 — The Corps Network's National Conference

  • Washington, DC
  • The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.
  • Info: www.corpsnetwork.org/national-conference

February 12-15, 2017 — Hike the Hill

  • Washington, DC
  • Hike the Hill is a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trail System and the American Hiking Society aimed at increasing congressional and federal agency leader awareness of funding and other needs that sustain the National Trails System. Each February, trail partners and organizations from across the nation head to Washington, D.C. to discuss current initiatives, legislation, and goals for the future with federal partners, congressmen or their staff, and fellow trail organizations.
  • Info: https://americanhiking.org/hike-the-hill/hth2017/

February 15, 2017 —Webinar: The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets

  • Online webinar: 1:00-2:00 pm Eastern
  • How can professionals in public health and transportation work together to create streets that are safe and convenient for a variety of active transportation choices? Join us for “The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets”, the first event in our new webinar series. Co-hosts Voices for Healthy Kids and the American Public Health Association will join the presentation.
  • Info: https://smartgrowthamerica.org/introducing-complete-streets-webinar-series/

February 15, 2017 —Webinar: University curriculum for pedestrian and bicycle professionals

  • Online webinar: 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern
  • Presenter is Kristen Brookshire, a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC, where she contributes to a variety of projects and programs focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility. Hosted by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: http://www.apbp.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=900220

February 16, 2017 —Webinar: Environmental Education and Outdoor Recreation - Strategies for Impact

  • Online webinar: 2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern
  • This webinar is specifically designed for land management personnel interested in the intersection between environmental education and outdoor recreation. Join us to learn more about the current landscape of environmental education, covering the big initiatives and research impacting the field at the local and national level. It will also address current issues in the field with a focus on the role that land management personnel can play in addressing and alleviating these issues. Topics will include diversity and inclusion, public school integration, and connecting people to nature.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2210311221979531777

February 21, 2017 —Webinar: Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Data Part 1: Programs, Data and Metrics

  • Online webinar: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST
  • Krista Nordback (UNC Highway Safety Research Center) will discuss the why and how of bicycle and pedestrian count programs. Scott Brady (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission) will highlight how the Philadelphia area has integrated counting bicycling and walking into its motor vehicle traffic monitoring program. Jeremy Raw (FHWA) will share lessons learned from working with 10 Metropolitan Planning Organizations around the country.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7076128462772186371

February 23, 2017 —Webinar: Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Data Part 2

  • Online webinar: 2:30 - 4:00 Eastern
  • Part 2: Frank Proulx (Alta Planning + Design) will discuss automated counter technologies and share findings on counter accuracy. Sarah O’Brien (NCSU Institute for Transportation Research and Education) will explain methods used to validate and maintain counter accuracy for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7882000117187999747

February 25, 2017 — New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit

  • Princeton, NJ
  • NJBWC is pleased to offer you the opportunity to learn more about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting your community, make you aware of various public funding sources, enable you to network, identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help your community become more bike and pedestrian friendly and therefore, more livable.
  • Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-new-jersey-bike-walk-summit-registration-28065292044

 

Past events from January 2017

 

January 5, 2017 —Webinar: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

  • Online webinar: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to explore what's anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy and former Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) will share their intelligence and unique insights about what the new political climate will bring for active transportation. Participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the briefing.
  • Info: See website

January 5, 2017 —Webinar: ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards - Open Q & A

  • Online webinar: 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • This is your chance to get answers to your "burning" questions about either the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards or the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards. After a brief introduction, accessibility specialists will respond to both questions submitted in advance and those submitted during the live session.
  • Info: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ao/session/?id=110587

January 19, 2017 —Webinar: Huts for Hiking, Skiing, and Biking: Why, Where, and How?

  • Online webinar: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • An overview of hut systems in USA and around the world, which includes a wide range of accommodations systems such as shelters, yurts, platform tents, inns and B&B's, hostels, and mountain huts of every size and kind. The presenter is Sam Demas, Researcher and Website Editor, Hut2Hut.info.
  • Info: http://www.americantrails.org/resources/long/webinar-hut-systems-demas.html

January 24, 2017 —Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Recruiting and Tracking Volunteers

  • Online webinar: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Presenters: Becky Reid Juan Bauista de Anza National Historic Trail Trails and Rails Program, Karl Borton Florida Trail Association, Wendy Lotze Arizona Trail Association. This webinar will highlight the various ways that national trail partners are using technology to enhance their volunteer programs. Topics will include Google Apps and MeetUp Groups. Furthermore, tips for overcoming the “fear of technology” barrier will be addressed.
  • Info: http://pnts.org/new/webinars/

January 31, 2017 —Webinar: U.S. Federal Policy Briefing

  • Online webinar: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Join Caron Whitaker, Policy Director for the League of American Bicyclists, for a briefing on the latest developments in U.S. federal transportation policy and legislation. This webinar is jointly presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1840875314271624450

 

Past events from December 2016

 

December 1-2, 2016 — Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Conference

  • Washington, DC
  • The subject of the 10th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference is Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety. Each year, pedestrian and bicycle fatalities comprise over 12 percent of all traffic fatalities. This conference will promote synergies among diverse transportation research and practitioner groups in order to understand and address the unique issues involved with pedestrian and bicycle safety; to spotlight recently completed and ongoing research; and to identify existing knowledge gaps in current research and related activities.
  • Info: See website

December 14, 2016 — Webinar: Telling Our Stories

  • Online webinar: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Presenters: Javier Fogler and Jordan Bowman Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Steve Gonzales El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. With the number of organizations competing for the attention and support of the public, engaging your audience through effective storytelling has become an essential tool for organizations of every size. Join us as we discuss ways to craft your organization’s own stories, how to reach and engage new audiences, and methods for influencing individuals to contribute their own experiences to your cause.
  • Info: http://pnts.org/new/webinars/

December 14, 2016 — Webinar: Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis

December 15, 2016 — Alabama Recreational Trails Leadership Workshop

  • Spanish Fort, AL
  • This workshop is intended for recreational trail operators and user groups and will highlight case studies demonstrating best practices in recreational trail project planning, management, construction, and maintenance. The workshop will also introduce attendees to universal trail assessment process that can help operators to create signs that inform the public about trail conditions and to a new opportunity to assess the economic impact of their recreational trails.
  • Info: www.uaced.ua.edu/alabama-recreational-trails-leadership-workshop-dec-15-2016.html

 

Past events from January 2016

 

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

  • Online Webinar: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Roundabouts provide an alternative design to traditional intersections that in some cases can improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. By using a modern roundabout design to lower vehicle speeds through an intersection, safety and efficiency can be improved. FHWA has identified roundabouts as one of its Proven Safety Countermeasures. This presentation, led by Hillary Isebrands (FHWA Resource Center) will provide an in-depth look at roundabout design and discuss ways that roundabouts can be used to improve safety for pedestrians.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5172256998079166210

January 7, 2016 — Webinar: Requirements for Protruding Objects along Circulation Paths

  • Online Webinar: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • AccessiblityOnline presents a collaborative training program between the ADA National Network and U.S. Access Board. This webinar will review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for protruding objects along circulation paths. These provisions limit the protrusion of mounted and free-standing objects to prevent hazards to people with vision impairments.
  • Info: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/

January 15-17, 2016 — Southwest Florida Nature Festival

  • Naples, FL
  • Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
  • Info: http://www.paradisecoast.com/listings/events/profile/southwest-florida-nature-festival

January 28, 2016 — Webinar: Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?

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

  • Online webinar: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
  • The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals will highlight results from an extensive exploration of scientific and "gray" literature, which was conducted to understand the co-benefits of activity-friendly environments on physical health, mental health, social benefits, safety/injury prevention, environmental sustainability, and economics. Five settings that relate to physical activity in communities were defined for the non-systematic literature review: parks/trails, urban design, transportation, schools, and workplaces/buildings.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8861916755772833025

January 29, 2016 — Broward County Safe Streets Summit

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

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

Past events from February 2016

 

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

  • Elon, NC
  • Attendees will hear reports on progress to build, maintain and promote the MST as well as a workshop for people interested in learning how to hike the trail. The keynote address will be by thru-hiker Sharon "Mama Goose" Smith, a retired Air Force combat medic who will lead the first Warrior Hike of veterans on the MST next September. There will also be a panel moderated by Howard Lee sharing different ways the trail can be used for education, and much more!
  • Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eboq37599ae0b7d9&llr=54ke8qcab

February 6-11, 2016 — Hike the Hill

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

  • Washington, DC
  • Come experience how the legacy of Corps is alive and changing. There will be a wide variety of informative plenaries and workshops as well as ample opportunity to network with friends in the Corps Community. Attendees will take their message to Capitol Hill and showcase the impact of Corps to Members of Congress and their partners at federal agencies. They will also present the Corpsmembers of the Year and Projects of the Year.
  • Info: http://www.corpsnetwork.org/national-conference

February 8-9, 2016 — 2016 Colorado Bike Summit

  • Denver, CO
  • This two-day program, hosted by Bicycle Colorado each year in February, is geared to educate and empower attendees, identify common bicycling issues and solutions in their communities, demonstrate the power of a unified voice to the state legislature and set priorities for improving the future of bicycling in Colorado.
  • Info: http://bicyclecolorado.org/events/colorado-bicycle-summit/

February 11-13, 2016 — New Partners for Smart Growth

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

February 12-13, 2016 The Adventure Summit

  • Dayton, OH
  • The Adventure Summit is an event celebrating the spirit of outdoor adventure by showcasing the vibrant lifestyle and culture of human powered endeavors through inspiration, education, and experience. It will serve the adventure market from skill clinics and hands-on trainings from some of the world’s leading experts to showcasing local places to play and locals who have played around the world. 
  • Info: http://theadventuresummit.com/about/

February 18-21, 2016 — Central Coast Stewardship Summit - For Multi-Use Trails

  • Santa Brabara, CA
  • The Los Padres National Forest is hosting the Central Coast Trail Stewardship Summit for Multi-Use Trails, February 18-21, 2016. The summit will bring together USFS Los Padres NF, state, county and city agencies along with regional LPNF trails stewards with the goal of facilitating stronger partnerships and shared trail maintenance knowledge among agencies, stewardship organizations, volunteers, and trail users. The Forest Service has partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association to bring their professional trail building, maintenance, and educations skills to the community.

  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=624&reset=1

February 19-20, 2016 — American Endurance Ride Conference

  • Reno, NV
  • AERC's convention is the most fun you can have without your horse! Two days of informative and thought-provoking seminars, shopping galore, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, awards presentations, Hot Topics seminars, plus fun Friday night entertainment and the awards banquet on Saturday night.
  • Info: http://aerc.org/static/Convention.aspx

February 22-24, 2016 —Community Transportation Association of Idaho Annual Conference and Expo 

  • Boise, ID
  • The 2016 Conference will bring CTAI's mission together in one place - legislative advocacy, leadership development, and educational seminars! The Conference and Expo is scheduled for February to ensure that presentations meet the needs of providers and members, while allowing increased opportunity for interaction with legislative leaders.
  • Info: http://ctai.org/Events/AnnualConference

February 22-25, 2016 — Great Lakes Park Training Institute

  • Angola, IN
  • The Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI) is a professional training opportunity for park and public lands professionals in municipal, county, state, regional and national agencies. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas as well as an exploration of current issues and techniques in the field of parks and recreation.
  • Info: http://glpti.org/

February 23, 2016 — Ohio Bicycling Summit

  • Columbus, OH
  • The Third Annual OBF Ohio Bicycling Summit will give organizations and clubs an opportunity to display what they are doing for cycling in Ohio in the Statehouse Atrium. They will share best practices. The Ohio House and Senate are both expected to be in session February 23. State senators, representatives, and their staffs will traverse the Atrium in their course of business, and to each other.   
  • Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/obf-ohio-bicycling-summit-feb-23-2016-tickets-16841834380

February 24, 2016 — Webinar: The New Federal Transportation Bill – What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?

  • Online webinar: 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
  • America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy, and LOCUS are excited to announce a free joint webinar. This webinar will examine the FAST Act legislation passed in December 2015 and discuss ways that traditional and new programs in the legislation can be used by advocates and organizations as they work on active transportation projects at the local, state, and regional level.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6972458801766547458

February 25, 2016 — Webinar: Building Capacity with Volunteers – Essential Building Blocks of a Successful Program

February 25-27, 2016 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • San Diego, CA
  • Hosted by: San Diego 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=614&reset=1

February 27, 2016 — New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit

  • Princeton, NJ
  • As a participant in the NJBWC Summit, you have the opportunity to learn more about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting your community, become aware of various public funding sources, network, and identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help your community become more bike and pedestrian friendly and therefore, more livable.
  • Info: http://www.njbwc.org/summit-2016/

February 27-28, 2016 — 3rd Annual Cascade Winter Ruck (Backpacking Clinic)

  • Cascade Locks, OR
  • This event is designed to help all sorts of backpackers from novice to expert get prepared for the hiking season. They will have a specific focus on those attendees looking to set out on their first long distance hike whether it be the Pacific Crest Trail, Timberline Trail, Camino de Santiago, Continental Divide Trail, Wonderland Trail, John Muir Trail, or any other trail your heart desires.
  • Info: http://aldhawest.org/event-2070207

February 27 - March 1, 2016 — Velo-City Global

  • Tapei, Taiwan
  • 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-city2016.com/index.php/en/program/program-schedule

February 29 - March 4, 2016 — Texas Recreation & Park Society Institute & Expo

Past events from March 2016

 

March 4-11, 2016 — Sustainable Trails Conference

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Sponsored by Professional Trail Builders Association. The Marriott Knoxville overlooks the Tennessee River and is the closest downtown hotel to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Partnering with Legacy Parks Foundation, the City of Knoxville and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, PTBA attendees will have the opportunity to use their outdoor workshops to create a finished project within one of the urban trail systems found in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the conference site.
  • Info: http://www.trailbuilders.org/training

March 6-10, 2016 — Association of Partners for Public Lands Convention and Trade Show

  • Spokane, WA
  • The Association of Partners for Public Lands is looking for enriching and enlightening session ideas for its Convention and Trade Show in Spokane, WA, March 6-10, 2016 -- ideas that will help attendees achieve new levels of excellence in serving and supporting public lands in the United States.
  • Info: http://appl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3491

March 7-9, 2016 — National Bike Summit

  • Washington, DC
  • The 16th annual gathering of bike advocates, industry leaders, and congressional champions will again take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C. The premier advocacy event of the year, the National Bike Summit unites the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill. The Summit has shown its real impact, leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Info: http://bikeleague.org/content/summit-2016

March 8, 2016 —Webinar: Exploring Tactical Urbanism

  • Online webinar: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • America Walks presents this webinar as part of the 2016 Webinar Series "Tools for the Field." There are a wealth of resources available to the walking movement. From webinars to toolkits to step-by-step guides, these tools provide the information and guidance necessary to take the first step on the path to a walkable America. Join America Walks as it looks at some of the resources available to the walking movement, hear from experts on how best to use them and learn from real-life examples on their challenges and successes.
  • Info: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6673944692096242689

March 8-11, 2016 — California Park & Recreation Society Annual Conference & Expo

  • Long Beach, CA
  • Learn from industry leaders, network with colleagues, and recharge your batteries at this annual professional development event.
  • Info: http://www.cprs.org/p/cm/ld/fid=183

March 10-12, 2016 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Hosted by: SF Urban Riders and Sutro Stewards. The International Mountain Bicycling Association will lead its Trail Building School, which teaches IMBA's philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers how to build and maintain sustainable, fun singletrack. The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by lunch (included) and about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction.
  • Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imba-trail-care-crew-at-sf-urban-riderssutro-stewards-tickets-21421545419?aff=imba

March 12-13, 2016 — 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!
  • Info: http://www.nehorsetrails.com/

March 13-16, 2016 — 2016 PRPS Annual Conference

  • Seven Springs, PA
  • The 69th annual PRPS Conference will be a special experience for attendees to learn, share, and network with like-minded people. This year's theme is about shaping the future of recreation and parks and inspiring professionals to overcome tough situations to succeed.
  • Info: http://www.cprs.org/p/cm/ld/fid=183

March 14-15, 2016 — Oregon Active Transportation Summit

March 16, 2016 – Webinar: Understanding the funding process

March 18-19, 2016 – Southern Mountain Bike Summit

  • Bryson City, NC
  • Join IMBA-SORBA for a 2-day conference aimed towards bringing land managers, tourism professionals, advocates, and the mountain bike industry together to educate them about how to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences in the Southeast.
  • Info: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=617

March 18-19, 2016 — Advancing Environmental Education Conference

  • Denver, CO
  • Explore Research, Elevate Practice, Spark Collaborations sponsored by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.
  • Info: https://www.caee.org/EEconference

March 21, 2016 — Webinar: Improving the Way We Plan Together

  • Online webinar: 3:00-5:00 ET
  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites members of the public to participate in an informational webinar or an in-person live-streamed public meeting to hear information on BLM's new proposed planning rule. The webinar and public meeting will both focus on providing information on the content of the proposed rule and providing an opportunity for members of the public to ask clarifying questions.

  • Info: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/planning_2_0.html

March 21, 2016 — Parks and Greenspace Conference

  • Atlanta, GA
  • The 15th Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference will explore how play can activate our parks and strengthen our communities. Whether play takes place as a youngster on a playground, as an adult as a participant in a parade, or as a senior celebrating the joy of life with his/her friends, we all benefit from play in public spaces.
  • Info: http://www.parkpride.org/conference/

March 24, 2016 – Webinar: "Trails for Heroes - Healing our Military Veterans"

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

March 24-26, 2016 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Hosted by: Wild Rivers Coast Mountain Bicycling 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=629&reset=1

March 31-April 2, 2016 — Subaru/IMBA Trailbuilders School

  • Eagle, ID
  • Hosted by: City of Eagle. 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=639&reset=1
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