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published Jan 2021

FAQ: What is the definition of a trail?

by American Trails Staff

Defining a trail corridor in law, policy, and planning.


published Jul 2020

Running the Line – Thoughts from the Trail

by Julien Cossette

Julien Cossette, one of American Trails 2019 Emerging Trail Leaders, shares his thoughts from working on the Great Divide Trail.


published Apr 2020

Thinking of Hitting the Trail During COVID-19? Answer These 5 Questions First.

by Mike Passo with American Trails

Before you go on any outdoor adventures you need to ask yourself these questions to confirm if your plans are safe and appropriate.


published Jun 2020

Historical Perspective on Racism in the Outdoors and Looking Forward

Putting the continued fight for equity in the outdoors into historical context, and finding ways to move forward.


published Jun 2020

Ever Wonder How to Become a JEDI Knight?

It likely comes as little surprise that our trails community does not currently include the full spectrum of people it could. Charles Thomas, executive director of Outward Bound Adventures, is the Obi Wan of JEDI Trail Knights with 40 years of experience bringing more diversity to our trails. At the 2019 International Trails Symposium he spoke about the understanding and motivation to help make trails a transformative place for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.


published May 2020

The 2020 RTP Achievement Awards are Back on!

by American Trails Staff

The Coalition for Recreational Trails will host the 2020 achievement awards to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP) virtually this year and will invite winners to in-person celebrations next year.


published May 2020

Action Alert: Please Support RTP By Sending Letters From Your Organizations

by Mike Passo with American Trails

Encouraging that HR 5797, “The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Full Funding Act of 2020” be included in the transportation reauthorization bill currently being drafted


published May 2020

Gear Up for National Trails Day!

National Trails Day is coming up fast, so now is the time to make sure you are prepared for the trail. Here are some suggestions from the American Trails staff on gear we love.


published Mar 2020

The Respite of Trails and Outdoor Recreation

by Mike Passo with American Trails

America’s incomparable system of national scenic, historic, and recreational trails is the perfect way to sustain your mental and physical health, while maintaining the social distancing that is required in these challenging times.


published Mar 2020

Unifying the Trails Community

by American Trails Staff

By recognizing the common goals that all trail user types share, and fighting for those goals together, it is possible to create a real and positive impact on the trails world.


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posted Feb 27, 2020

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posted Feb 26, 2020

NRT Ambassador Program

American Trails is seeking motivated volunteer Trail Ambassadors that are willing to gather information on as many of the National Recreation Trails in their region as possible and identify issues and updates on these great trails.


posted Feb 26, 2020

TRAILSNext™

TRAILSNext™ Series - High energy, 18-minute presentations on trail innovation.


posted Feb 25, 2020

Trails Move People

Creating a strong, cooperative, and unified voice for a diverse trails community


posted Jul 25, 2019

Earn Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails offers learning credits for our Advancing Trails Webinar Series, our International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, and other trail-related conferences, workshops, and webinars.


posted Mar 19, 2018

Advancing Trails Webinar Series

American Trails brings agencies, trail builders, planners, architects, advocates, and volunteers the latest in state-of-the-art information on all aspects of trails and greenways. Our webinars focus on a variety of trail topics, usually applicable to all trail types, with expert presenters. Webinar topics are chosen from current cutting-edge trail topics selected from attendee/presenter suggestions as well as recent popular conference sessions.


posted Mar 19, 2018

International Trails Symposium

Every two years American Trails sponsors the International Trails Symposium to bring together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as tourism and business interests.


posted Mar 16, 2018

Training Center - Calendar

Trails training, workshops, and conferences on trail building, planning, management, land protection, organization development, leadership, tools, GIS data, parks, bike/ped facilities, nonmotorized transportation, funding, and stewardship.


Results from the Business Directory


University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The School for Environment and Sustainability's overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.


440 Church St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
(734) 764-2550 • [email protected]

The American Canoe Association (ACA)

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protec...


503 Sophia St. Suite 100, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
(540) 907-4460 • [email protected]

Natural Areas Training Academy

Quincy, Florida

Managed by the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, NATA brings together regional land management experts from numerous agencies and organizations, as well as extension specialists and a...


155 Research Rd., Quincy, Florida 32351
(850) 875-7153

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