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American Trails is working to create a dynamic online webinar series to help fill the trails training void created by agency budget cuts and travel restrictions.
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American Trails began presenting webinars in 2010 and is working to continue this popular type of computer and internet-based training. Webinars have proved to be cost-effective as well as an efficient use of time for people seeking to expand their knowledge and skills. Typically, a webinar lasts an hour and a half and focuses on a fairly narrow topic.
American Trails is planning to increase the frequency of its presentations to a monthly series of webinars. Our monthly email newsletter, Trail Tracks, is the best way to be alerted of upcoming webinars. (It's easy to subscribe to the Trail Tracks eNews.)
Archived Webinar are available through the American Trails Store:
The Third Mode: Connecting Greenways, Trails and Active Mobility (On-Street Bike Routes, Sidewalks and Transit) Networks (September 12, 2012)
The Art of Sustainable, Natural Surface, Trail Management ~ presented by Tony Boone Trails, LLC (June 28, 2012)
Water Trail Accessibility: Assessing and Creating More Accessible Facilities and Programs ~ presenters: Mike Passo and Bob Searns (May 24, 2012)
Telling a Better Story - Best Practices for Developing Interpretive Panels for Trails ~ presenters: Jenny Rigby and Erica Fielder (April 26, 2012)
Making the Case for Trails in Tight Economic Times ~ presenters: Jim Wood, Amy Camp, and Bob Searns (September 22, 2011)
Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices ~ Janet Zeller and Stuart Macdonald (2011)
Pathways for Play ~ PlayCore Team and Pam Gluck (2011)
More American Trails webinars planned in coming months
The American Trails "Advancing Trails" webinar series will bring top-quality training to your desktop. We're working on more programs to cover important topics for trails and greenways. CEUs will be offered on future webinars starting in summer 2013. Stay tuned for more details!
Here are some we're working on now:
Webinars presented in 2011:
Ideas for future webinars:
• National Water Trail System
• Trails in Developments
• Trails and Wildlife
• Back Country Trails Planning, Design and Construction
• Greenway Planning, Design and Development
• Regional Trails and Greenway Planning
• Long Distance Trails Planning and Development
• Planning and Design for Trail Safety and Risk Reduction
• Trail Accessibility and Mobility
• Planning Design and Development of Motorized Trails
• Public Process
• Funding Trails
• Right of Way Acquisition and Techniques
• Trail Trends
• Great Mountain Bike Facilities
If you are interesting in being a potential speaker or have suggestions on webinar presentations, please contact:
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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.