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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 "Advancing Trails" Webinar Series

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 very specific topic and skills.

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Upcoming 2015 American Trails Webinars:


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Recorded Webinar presentations are available through the American Trails Store:


Trail Wayfinding Systems: A Practical Guide to Principles, Best Practices and Deployment ~ presented by Bob Searns with instructors Jenny Rigby, The Acorn Group, Inc.; Karen Vitkay, Alta Planning and Design, Inc.; and Mark VanderKlipp & Jeff Frank, Corbin Design, Inc. (March 19, 2015)

Protect What You Love: Water Trail Ambassador and Stewardship Programs ~ presented by Amy Camp, Pennsylvania Water Trail Partnership (January 22, 2015)

Towards a Mountain Trail Sustainability Ethic ~ Part 3 of 3 ~ presented by Hugh Duffy, National Park Service (December 16, 2014)

Horses And Trails – How to Be Successful With Both! ~ presented by Jan Hancock, Hancock Resources LLC (September 18, 2014)

Trail Project Cycle Innovations & Experience from Rocky Mountain National Park ~ Part 2 of 3 ~ presented by Hugh Duffy, Danny Basch, and Ian Brighton of the National Park Service (August 28, 2014)

Building Urban Trails in Difficult Places ~ presented by Bob Searns, The Greenway Team, Chuck Flink, FASLA, and Bill Nuemann, DHM Design (July 17, 2014)

Applying Foundations of Mountain Trail Sustainability to a trail network ~ Part 1 of 3 ~ presented by Hugh Duffy, National Park Service (June 26, 2014)

Integrating Habitat & Trails ~ presented by Robert Spurlock and Elaine Stewart, Metro (May 15, 2014)

Managing User Conflicts ~ Part 3 of the Trail Maintenance Management Series ~ presented by Chinook Associates LLC) (February 20, 2014)

Effective Fundraising for Trails and Greenways ~ presented by The Greenway Team, Conservation Partners, and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (January 30, 2014)

Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines ~ presented by American Trails and Janet, Zeller, US Forest Service (January 9, 2014) FREE RECORDING

Navigating the American Trails Website - Your Comprehensive Online Resource for Trails, Greenways, and Blueways ~ presented by American Trails (December 11, 2013) FREE RECORDING

Natural Surface Trail Tread Maintenance ~ Part 2 of 3 ~ presented by Chinook Associates LLC (October 24, 2013)

Introduction to Trail Maintenance Management Planning: Part 1 of 3 ~ presented by Chinook Associates LLC (September 25, 2013)

From the Driveway to the Trailhead – the Missing Link ~ presented by Terry Whaley, Executive Director of Ozark Greenways (August 30, 2013)

Building Your Trail Right the First Time ~ Presented by John Favro, Owner of Trails Guy; and Chair of American Trails Board of Directors (July 18, 2013)

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 (February 2011) FREE RECORDING

Pathways for Play ~ PlayCore Team and Pam Gluck (2011)



Topics for future webinars being considered:

• 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



Become a partial sponsor of a webinar for only $250 and your organization will receive the following benefits:

If you are interesting in being a potential speaker or have suggestions on webinar presentations, please contact:

Candace Mitchell, Webinar Coordinator
American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049 -
phone (530) 605-4395 - email


WEBINAR PRICES: American Trails Members only pay $35 and Nonmembers pay $55. These prices are the same for our future webinars as well as our past webinars in which you can access recordings to. To receive the member discount, be sure and select “YES” for this question and the $20 will automatically be deducted from your total. If you are a new or renewing member, you can add a membership to your order at the same time. View our membership levels and benefits.

National Park Service employees: The Transportation Division of the National Park Service's Denver Service Center will offer tuition to NPS employees who take American Trails Webinars on a first-come/first-served basis. After identifying your project or program need and obtaining supervisory approval, please contact Dennis Nagao ( or 303-969-2452).



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There is a $20 fee if you wish to receive CEU credit. Please be sure and select "YES" for CEUs when registering for your webinar and the $20 fee will automatically be added onto your total. CEUs are provided through the Texas Recreation and Park Society(TRAPS), an authorized independent CEU provider through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Our 75 minute webinars are worth 0.10 CEUs. In order to receive CEUs, you must pay for the CEUs, attend the live webinar logged in under your own name, and take a quiz that will be sent to you following the webinar. A certificate of completion will be emailed to you within 21 days following the webinar.


The National Trails Training Partnership


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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