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2019 International Trails Symposium

American Trails hosts the 24th International Trails Symposium in
Syracuse, New York April 28 – May 1, 2019.


We are proud to feature for a third Symposium the Professional TrailBuilders Association’s (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Workshop Series, Legacy Trail, and Technical Track. This will be an inspiring and educational conference as we come together as a trails community. Email symposium@americantrails.org for any Symposium-related questions.



Call for Presentations (deadline has passed)



Download the Call for Presentations (for reference only – no longer accepting proposals)


If you have questions or need clarification regarding your presentation proposal, contact Symposium Program Co-Chair, Mike Passo with American Trails, mikepasso@americantrails.org, 530-645-9683, or Rory Robinson, rory_robinson@nps.gov, 440-717-3776.


To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium’s theme, “Health, Heritage, & Happiness.” Proposals can be for nationally or internationally focused presentations.

This year, American Trails is extremely excited to announce that the Trails Training Institute will run concurrently with the International Trails Symposium, in partnership with the Professional TrailBuilders Association, and will provide a full series of sessions and workshops focused on:


  • technical trail building
  • contracting
  • design
  • planning
  • mapping and data gathering
  • interpretation
  • equipment and tool use
  • maintenance techniques and methods
  • volunteer engagement


Trails Training Institute sessions should feature solutions-based topics. We will choose proposals that are quantifiable educational opportunities. Actionable outcomes and tangible take-aways are required to be included in the Training Institute. All Training Institute sessions will offer CEU /Learning Credits, and will be submitted for approval through the DOI Learn training platform, a federal platform for training opportunities for federal employees.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Discounts of 5-25% offered for $400-$5,000 sponsor levels, depending on when contract and payment is received. Learn more here. Contact candace@americantrails.org with any questions.


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Download the sponsor packet for an at-a-glance look at ITS, including attendee demographics, country representation, top 10 reasons to attend, and more!



Download the Exhibitor/Sponsor Contract.



Download the 2019 Sponsorship Benefits grid.




Download the Exhibit Hall Layout.



Interested in being a part of the planning team for the 2019 International Trails Symposium? Check out the following resources.


·         ITS 2019 Host Community Components and Expectations

·         ITS 2019 Master Timeline


Contact candace@americantrails.org with any questions.



Explore Syracuse


New York to build the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation

The FY 2018 State Budget provides $200 million to complete the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails and creates the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation. The 750-mile trail will provide new opportunities for hiking and biking along scenic vistas and through charming, historic communities, driving tourism and economic activity across New York. The Empire State Trail will span the state, from the New York Harbor up through the Adirondack Mountains to the Canadian border – and from the shores of Lake Erie along the historic Erie Canal to the heart of the Capital Region."


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American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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