Building a Comprehensive Count Program in Your Park or on Your Trails

This webinar will examine real-world count data that illustrates this increased use of trails and parks and discuss the logistics and best practices behind building robust count programs at multiple scales. 

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May 11, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Accessing and exploring parks, trails, and natural areas has grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, due at least in part by the demand for space for exercise, socializing, and staying happy and healthy in a world still beholden to pandemic considerations. While this trend is cause for celebration for park and trail managers, the influx of so many users has made clear the value and challenges in managing trails and parks to ensure maintenance, the quality of experience, and the protection of flora and fauna, among other priorities. In this webinar, we will examine real-world count data that illustrates this increased use of trails and parks and discuss the logistics and best practices behind building robust count programs at multiple scales. This will include an overview of various counting technologies, as well as how to best deploy automatic counters to collect high-quality, useful data. Finally, we will explore how trail management organizations can use the count data itself to improve maintenance, advocacy, and visitor experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of counting options from manual counts to automatic counters
  • Best practices and lessons learned in the counting field
  • Exchange of ideas on applications of count data


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Webinar Partners


Stephen Charters, Client Consultant, Eco-Counter, Inc.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Stephen is a client consultant with Eco-Counter, having made the jump into the mobility sector after multiple years as a project manager for social housing development in Montreal, Canada. He helps municipalities, parks, and trail organizations design, implement, and maintain count programs to quantify traffic on their trails. As a trained urban planner and experienced project manager, Stephen has a knack for helping clients leverage their data to make informed planning decisions and advocate for trail improvements. As an avid runner, hiker, and cyclist, Stephen is thrilled to be able to work with trails and parks organizations and contribute to this essential field.


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American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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