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18th National Trails Symposium Quad Cities October 19-22, 2006

Trails for America: Every Where, Every Way, Every Day!

Visit great Quad Cities area trail projects on a variety of mobile workshops

 

Mobile Workshops
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE and TRIPS HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY

Please read Things to remember when registering for mobile workshops

 

Click on Workshop names to see photos and more about each trip

Thursday - October 19

TRAIL TOOLS ~ Part 1: CENTENNIAL PARK, DAVENPORT
Date: Thursday, October 19 *CANCELLED*
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00 (does not include lunch)

Due to low vendor participation, this event has been cancelled.


TRAIL TOOLS ~ Part 2: JOHN DEERE EQUIPMENT EXPO ~ COAL VALLEY DEMONSTRATION SITE, MOLINE
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: No fee, pre-registration required (lunch provided)

Want to play in the dirt? Come out to the John Deere Coal Valley Demonstration Site and dig to your heart's content!


AGAINST ALL ODDS: TRAILS, OBSTACLES AND CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $46.00 (includes lunch)

Explore the pathways of the Illinois Quad Cities! Take a golf cart and bus tour on the Great River Trail, the Grand Illinois Trail, Prospect Park and Ben Butterworth Park in Moline, and Sunset Park in Rock Island.


NATIVE AMERICANS AND NATURE ~ BLACK HAWK HISTORICAL SITE
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $39.00 (includes lunch)

Native American History is an important part of the Quad Cities and nowhere is that more evident than at Black Hawk State Historical Site. Join us as we hike the same trails as our ancestors.


IMBA/QUAD CITIES MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 + $25.00 for bike rental (if needed) (does not include lunch)

Get out in the woods to revive your spirit with mountain bike riding tours, provided by the International Mounntain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the local Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC)!


EQUESTRIAN TRAIL RIDE
Date: Thursday, October 19
Trip 1 ~ 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Trip 2 ~ 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $49.00 (does not include lunch)

Come enjoy a relaxed trail ride among the woods and rolling hills of Iowa. Travel through miles of cornfields, and on to Camp Conestoga, a Girl Scout camp with a successful equine program.


Saturday - October 21

TRAILS AND TALES: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE QUAD CITIES HISTORY AND RECREATION
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $22.00 (includes box lunch)

Join Joe Taylor, President/CEO, Quad Cities Convention and Visitor's Bureau, for a personal, behind the scenes tour of the Quad Cities' trails and history.

LABYRINTHS: TRAILS OF SELF-DISCOVERY
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $49.00 (includes box lunch)

Curious about labyrinths? Join Certified Labyrinth Facilitator Pat McLaughlin to learn more about this trail of self-discovery and its fascinating history as we explore three different labyrinths in the Quad-City area.


MAQUOKETA CAVES STATE PARK BOARDWALK TRAIL EXPERIENCE

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 (includes box lunch)

Travel up the Mississippi River corridor to the pre-glacial landscape of Iowa's Driftless Area. Step back 1000's of years in geological time and experience the beauty of the limestone caves and rugged bluffs.


MISSISSIPPI RIVER CANOE TRIP
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Cost: $39.00 (includes box lunch)

Are you ready to become a "river rat"? If so, then sign up for a fun day on the Mississippi River!


HENNEPIN CANAL ~ 100 YEARS AND STILL FLOWING
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $56.00 (includes box lunch)

Come with us for a tour of the Hennepin Canal, a corridor built at the turn of the 20th century by the Corps of Engineers to carry commercial traffic from the Illinois River to the Mississippi River. Closed to traffic in 1951, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources began managing the Canal in 1970 as a recreational corridor.


WILDCAT DEN STATE PARK AND GRIST MILL TOUR
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 (includes box lunch)

Travel by bus down the Mississippi River corridor along the federal Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge to Wildcat Den State Park and the scenic river town of Muscatine.


ARSENAL ISLAND BIKE TOUR
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 + $25.00 for bike rental (if needed) (includes box lunch)

Take a bicycle tour of Arsenal Island's historic landmarks guided by a Corps of Engineers Park Ranger.


URBAN AREA TRAILS - THE CROW CREEK CHALLENGE
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 (includes box lunch)

Here's a great opportunity to see what the challenges were in developing and now maintaining a multi-use trail in an urban setting.


CREDIT ISLAND ATV RIDE & SAFETY COURSE
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 (includes box lunch)

Ride an ATV through the wooded trails of Credit Island!


IMBA/QUAD CITIES TRAIL SHOWCASE

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 + $25.00 for bike rental (if needed) (includes box lunch)

The local Friends of Off Road Cycling (FORC) and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will showcase two in-town trails within 10-15 minutes of the convention center.


SMITH'S ISLAND NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes box lunch)
Cost: $20.00

Smith's Island Nature Trail was designated in 2003 as a National Recreation Trail. Smith's Island is unique among other Mississippi River islands because of its ability to maintain an upland habitat.


THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN REGISTERING FOR MOBILE WORKSHOPS:

1. The weather in Quad Cities in late October is generally pleasant, with an average daily temperature of 60 degrees. But the weather can be variable, requiring short sleeves or a jacket within the same day. It is best to be prepared for all conditions by dressing in layers. If you have signed up for an outdoor event, please pack rain gear just in case. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are recommended for all outdoor events. Most trips will take place regardless of weather (see the trip description for details on weather cancellations).

2. The local environment presents opportunities for pleasant encounters with many varieties of wildlife, but also may include ticks, snakes and plants such as poison ivy, which can cause skin irritation. Please exercise caution and don't forget to bring sun protection and insect repellant.

3. The capacity of workshops is limited and they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will not be able to provide refunds or substitutions after September 24. Workshops are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of participants are not met. If applicable, a full refund will be issued. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after the Symposium.

4. Transportation has been coordinated for an optimal experience and will be provided from the RiverCenter Convention Center.

5. Transportation costs are included in the fee for the activity. Private vehicles will not be permitted as transportation to a mobile workshop, unless otherwise noted.

6. Water is provided at all outings, but you should bring a means to carry it, such as a fanny pack or backpack. Check description of activities for lunch information.

7. Surfaces vary from paved walkways to natural, unaltered topography. Please note descriptions in narratives and plan accordingly. We have included information about accessibility in the description of each activity; please review before registering. If you have any special needs, please advise us at the time of registration or by October 1, so we may provide reasonable accommodations.

For more information on the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, visit www.visitquadcities.com. We'll be providing more on the National Trails Symposium at www.AmericanTrails.org.

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Updated November 19, 2006

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