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Your New Year's resolution: learn new skills

See for trails training opportunities in 2008

The National Trails Training Partnership wants you to join the movement for better skills and better trails. In 2008 there are so many great opportunities for people to get involved in education in the trails and greenways field. All across the country you can find classes, conferences, seminars for every aspect of trail work. From fundraising and organizational building to design and interpretation, there is a course that will help you.

Look for currently scheduled courses and conferences at, sponsored by American Trails and the National Trails Training Partnership. Check the Online Calendar for hundreds of training opportunities during the year. You'll find courses in:

  • Trail design and layout
  • Planning trail and bicycle/pedestrian systems
  • Wilderness and resource monitoring
  • Technical skills in rock work, rigging, and drainage
  • Managing trail users of all kinds
  • Researching grants and writing project proposals
  • Developing your organization and volunteer program

Two great opportunities to learn from a wide variety of experts are the Trailbuilders Conference in March and the National Trails Symposium in November, 2008. See the details at and click on the Calendar icon.

Remember the top 10 reasons for trail training in 2008:

1. Learn new skills from an expert

2. Advance your career

3. Discover new ideas for your trail projects

4. Make new connections with activists in your area of interest

5. Get involved with the nationwide trails community

6. Become a more effective supporter for trails and open space

7. Expand and improve your stewardship program

8. Make your own volunteer efforts and leadership more effective

9. Learn to manage and enhance your visitors' experiences

10. Build better trails!

We're eager to promote training that your group or agency is offering during 2008. Send us your scheduled training events at and let us know about new publications, videos, websites, curricula, and education resources. Be sure to tell others interested in trails training about, and include this information in your newsletter and internet communications. Finally, please add a link to to your website; see our website for the NTTP logo you can copy.

For more information about the National Trails Training Partnership contact American Trails at or (530) 547-2060. Visit the NTTP online at, hosted by

The National Trails Training Partnership
American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797(530) 605-4395Fax: (530)

The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.

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