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Thursday - October 19
TRAIL TOOLS ~ Part 1: CENTENNIAL
Due to low vendor participation, this event has been cancelled.
Want to play in the dirt? Come out to the John Deere Coal Valley Demonstration Site and dig to your heart's content!
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 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.
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)!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a great opportunity to see what the challenges were in developing and now maintaining a multi-use trail in an urban setting.
Ride an ATV through the wooded trails of Credit Island!
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.
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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