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Advancing Trails Webinar Series

Trail Towns - Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development

March 21, 2019

Take an in depth look at Trail Towns through programs in Kentucky and Michigan. Learn how community partners work to implement economic development, recreation and quality of life planning through Trail Towns.

Categories: Webinar, Advancing Trails Webinar
Mar 21

6th Fabros Conference – Urban Greenway Planning

Amherst, Massachusetts

March 28 - March 30, 2019

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to brings together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances. The conference provides an opportunity to publish full papers in printed proceedings.

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US Play Coalition's Conference on the Value of Play

Clemson, South Carolina

March 31 - April 03, 2019

This annual conference brings together leading play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the country. “PLAY FOR LIFE” will explore play across the lifespan and address universal issues of health, education, access, equity, inclusion, design and more. The three-day event includes keynote and featured speakers, PLAY talks, PLAY institutes, research symposium, educational sessions, roundtables, grant opportunities, networking, and opportunities for play. Read more online to learn about conference speakers, themes, CEUs and logistical details.

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Building a Healthier Future Summit

Chicago, Illinois

April 01 - April 02, 2019

The Building a Healthier Future Summit is a must-attend event for all corporations, nonprofits and others focused on creating solutions to ensure every child grows up at a healthy weight. Our Summit provides a unique opportunity for those in the private sector to sit with their nonprofit, academic and government counterparts to address an issue critical to the future of this country’s health and well-being. Attendees walk away with tangible, actionable solutions that will indeed help us to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans, regardless of where they live, work or play.

Categories: Conference, Summit

Intermediate Trail Assessment-Field Experience (prerequisite required)

Wentworth, North Carolina

April 02 - April 03, 2019

Participants will build on the skills and knowledge they gained in the sustainable trail assessment class. Students will focus on critical assessment of a trail system in the area. The session will cover creating a trail assessment document to present findings and proposed recommendations. Students will gather the necessary information through fieldwork to write a trail assessment document. *Prerequisite required - Interested participants should have a thorough understanding of sustainable trails and trail assessment experience before taking this class.

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PA Recreation & Park Society Conference

State College, Pennsylvania

April 02 - April 05, 2019

For over 70 years, the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society has invited park and recreation professionals from across the state to attend over 50 educational sessions and off-site tours, extensive exhibit hall, socials, and networking opportunities at its Conference & Expo. Developed by PRPS Staff and a Committee of your peers, this is the elite professional development event for park and recreation professional in PA!

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REC 2019 Summit (New York State Recreation and Parks Conference)

Lake Placid, New York

April 07 - April 09, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 REC SUMMIT! Co-hosted by statewide associations New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) and the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association (NYSTRA) the 2019 REC SUMMIT will be a first of its kind gathering of leading recreation stakeholders from across New York State. With the mission to serve professionals and equip them to best preserve, protect and enhance recreational opportunities in NY State, NYSRPS and NYSTRA will lead the way!

Categories: Conference, Summit

Sustainable Trail Construction with Mechanized Equipment

Wentworth, NC

April 09 - April 11, 2019

Participants will gain an introduction into the world of mechanized trail building. Students will train on a variety of mini-excavators and a Sutter trail dozer. Tri-State Company, Inc., from Huntington, WV, will be instructing the class.

Categories: Multi-day Course

APA National Planning Conference

San Francisco, California

April 13 - April 16, 2019

APA's National Planning Conference offers high-level education and unmatched networking opportunities that return extraordinary professional value for every dollar spent.

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Intermediate Trail Planning, Design and Layout - Field Experience (prerequisite required)

Wentworth, North Carolina

April 16 - April 17, 2019

Participants will build on the skills and knowledge they gained in the sustainable trail planning, design, and layout class. Small class size and focused fieldwork will allow participants to receive guided instruction with a majority of class time spent in the field. *Prerequisite required - Interested participants should have a thorough understanding of sustainable trail planning, design, and layout before taking this class.

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CA Trails and Greenways Conference

San Diego, California

April 23 - April 25, 2019

California Trails & Greenways provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for urban, rural, and backcountry trail professionals. Join leading trail experts for training and discussions on the latest advances in trail design, construction, maintenance, interpretation, volunteerism, and management. Explore new, collaborative opportunities and engage in productive, meaningful, and inspiring dialog.

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Oregon Transportation Summit

Portland, Oregon

April 25 - April 26, 2019

Each year, hundreds of professionals and advocates travel from around the state to discuss cutting edge transportation and recreation policy, funding, and design issues. If you need a venue to air your latest research, project, or idea among colleagues and friends, the Oregon Active Transportation Summit is the place!

Categories: Conference, Summit

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Wentworth, North Carolina

April 27 - April 28, 2019

Offered by Landmark Learning, an affiliate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help outdoor leaders prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce participants to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care.

Categories: Multi-day Course

2019 International Trails Symposium

Syracuse, NY

April 28 - May 01, 2019

American Trails hosts the 24th International Trails Symposium and Training Institute in Syracuse, New York April 28 - May 1, 2019

Categories: Conference, Symposium


Georgia Trail Summit

Columbus, GA

May 05 - May 06, 2019

The Trust for Public Land is proud to present the 2019 Georgia Trail Summit. For decades, we have worked across the country and in Georgia to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The 2019 Georgia Trail Summit will bring together non-profit leaders, city planners, elected officials, greenspace advocates, recreation enthusiasts and others to envision an accelerated and ambitious approach to improving Georgia’s trails. Continuing Education Units are available, and you can find more information about the curriculum on our Program Page.

Categories: Conference, Summit

National Outdoor Recreation Conference

Rapid City, South Dakota

May 06 - May 09, 2019

The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, hosted each year by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), showcases innovative and creative approaches to outdoor recreation research, planning, and management. This conference provides opportunities to: • LEARN: best practices • NETWORK: expand your professional circle • CELEBRATE: excellence in outdoor recreation • MENTOR: the next generation of recreation professionals

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2019 Save the Date: Oregon NOHVCC OHV Great Trails Workshop

Lily Prairie OHV near Medford, Oregon

May 07 - May 09, 2019

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is working with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) to hold another OHV Trails Workshop in 2019. More information about registration, event agenda, and lodging options will be available in the coming months.

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Sustainable Trail Assessment, Permitting, and Contracting

Wentworth, North Carolina

May 07 - May 09, 2019

Participants will learn how to take a critical look at trails to assess condition, maintenance, and safety. The session will also cover potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects. Students will discuss how trail condition, maintenance, and safety can affect the "trail experience", and they will also learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. Participants will complete desktop trail reviews, assess existing trails and proposed reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus, discuss permits, and create contracts based on assessment results.

Categories: Multi-day Course

Sustainable Trail Design and Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

Wentworth, North Carolina

May 20 - May 23, 2019

Participants will learn the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. This session will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience constructing new trail, reroutes, and maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.

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International Snowmobile Congress

Grand Rapids, Michigan

June 05 - June 08, 2019

Representatives from the national snowmobile organizations and representatives from the state and provincial snowmobile organizations form the International Snowmobile Council (ISC), which meets annually at the International Snowmobile Congress (also called ISC). The International Snowmobile Council is dedicated to promoting safe and responsible snowmobiling. It provides a communication forum and a means of addressing issues that are common from an international perspective.

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Outdoor Retailer - Summer Market

Denver, Colorado

June 17 - June 20, 2019

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is North America’s largest tradeshow in the outdoor industry drawing attendees from around the world. Summer Market is all about face-to-face—it’s where products are shown, orders are written, new accounts are found, connections are made and brands are launched. This show is about buying, sourcing, strategic meetings, trend, education and networking with decision makers, influencers, stakeholders, key buyers and athletes that influence the outdoor market.

Categories: Conference, Trade Show

Advancing Trails Webinar Series

Over the River and Through the Woods

June 20, 2019

This presentation will discuss the seven biggest considerations for planners and designers when designing near wetlands, streams, forests, and other environmental resources.

Categories: Webinar, Advancing Trails Webinar
Jun 20


Greater and Greener 2019 Conference

Denver, Colorado

July 20 - July 24, 2019

For more than a decade, Greater & Greener has been the leading international conference for urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, advocates, funders, and innovators to explore the role of parks and recreation in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing 21st Century cities. The highly curated sessions, workshops, and tours facilitate an honest dialogue around solutions, cross-sector and peer-to-peer networking, and tools for building successful park partnerships.

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2019 NRPA Annual Conference

Baltimore, Maryland

September 24 - September 26, 2019

NRPA's annual conference is the premier event of the park and recreation community. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers or showcase your products and services.

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NOHVCC & INOHVAA Annual Conference

Reno, Nevada

October 15 - October 20, 2019

Thanks to our partners in Michigan the 2018 NOHVCC Annual Conference was a success! Now we turn our focus to our 2019 Conference in Reno and hope for even more. The dates for the Reno conference are October 15-20 – put them on your calendar now. The Conference hotel is the Whitney Peak in downtown Reno. Planning has already begun for the mobile workshop and other aspects of the conference you have all experienced before – we also hope to have few new wrinkles as well! Please keep an eye on NOHVCC’s website for updates over the coming months. It is still very early – we are more than a year out, but time flies, and you can expect ever-increasing communication about the upcoming Conference as it draws nearer. See you in Reno!

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ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo

San Diego, California

November 15 - November 18, 2019

Learn, celebrate, and connect at the world’s largest gathering of landscape architects! Explore hundreds of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions—all under one roof! More than 135 education sessions, field sessions, workshops, EXPO tours, and general sessions will be offered throughout the meeting.

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