Building a Trail Foundation from the Ground Up

This webinar will discuss details on what is needed in order to create a trail foundation from the ground up and how to keep it successful, as well as discussing the groundwork when it comes to a foundation’s particular focus—the trail.

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October 27, 2022

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

This webinar will discuss details on what is needed in order to create a trail foundation from the ground up and how to keep it successful. Presenters will look at organizational governance (bylaws, articles of incorporation, etc.), board member retention, fundraising, marketing and outreach, as well as partnerships. They will also discuss the groundwork when it comes to a foundation’s particular focus—the trail—and will include details on general advocacy, land acquisition, fundraising and grant writing, as well as planning, design, construction, and maintenance of a trail. Lastly they will also discuss how to effectively recruit and keep volunteers, the education and stewardship needed for the trail, and will include successful trail organization examples (from inception to today) in various parts of the country: Sand Creek Regional Greenway – Denver, CO; Tahoe-Pyramid Trail – Tahoe City, CA to Nixon, NV; Border to Border Trail – Washtenaw County, MI; and Virginia Capital Trail (Richmond, VA to Williamsburg, VA). Presenter examples run the gamut from urban (Denver) to small city/semi-rural (Washtenaw County) to backcountry/rural/urban (Reno-Tahoe).

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about nonprofit governance when it comes to bylaws, articles of incorporation, etc.
  • How to successfully retain board members
  • How to successfully gain and retain partnerships
  • Ideas for successful fundraising efforts, including grant writing


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

Webinar Resources

Trail to the M

Tahoe-Pyramid Trail

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

Border to Border Trail


Webinar Partners


Cat Anthony, Executive Director, Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
Richmond, Virginia

Cat Anthony is the Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the President of the Virginia Trails Alliance. Cat is from Richmond, VA, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating from VCU, she worked in outdoor recreation and wilderness therapy throughout the United States. She has had many adventures in her work experience, from guiding seven-week expeditions in Alaska to leading rock climbing trips in New Mexico. Cat has also worked in Richmond-based nonprofits like Blue Sky Fund, taking youth into the outdoors, and also Sportable, a Paralympic Sports Club. Cat has over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit management and is a member of many trail-related committees and groups.


Carolyn Poissant, MLA, MPA, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Newport News
Newport News, Virginia

Carolyn Poissant, MLA, MPA, AICP is a community planner and landscape architect and an avid bicycle commuter, hiker, and nature photographer. Carolyn has spent the majority of her career managing recreational facility and trail planning, design, and construction projects, in addition to performing various types of community development work. She lived and worked in several western states, including Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Montana, prior to taking a position with the City of Newport News in May 2019. She is the planning coordinator for the Birthplace of America Trail and project manager for the Newport News Citywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. She and her trusty Labrador retriever, Daisy, can be found on various trails in the area every weekend.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

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 PDH) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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