Celebrate Trails Day: An Overview of the Celebration + Ways to Engage

During the webinar, the speakers will provide an overview of Celebrate Trails Day, share ways to get involved, and will go over the tools and materials they will provide to help you plan, promote, and participate in the celebration.

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Event Details

March 21, 2024

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

On the fourth Saturday of every April, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) invites everyone to get outside for Celebrate Trails Day, a springtime celebration of America’s trails and trail networks.

Celebrate Trails Day is more than a day outside. It’s an opportunity to grow awareness and appreciation for all the ways that trails make a difference for people, places, and the planet every day, so we can build more support to create, connect and maintain trails in every neighborhood in America. In 2024, the celebration falls on Saturday, April 27—and we hope you will join us! Since 2013, hundreds of organizations—trail managers, community groups, agencies, nonprofits, businesses, brands, clubs and beyond—have partnered with RTC on Celebrate Trails Day by planning events on trails and/or by encouraging their communities to participate. If you’re interested in learning more about Celebrate Trails Day, please register for this informational webinar. During the webinar, the speakers will provide an overview of Celebrate Trails Day; share ways to get involved; go over the tools and materials we’ll provide to help you plan, promote, and participate in the celebration; and answer any of your questions. We hope you will join us for the webinar and for Celebrate Trails Day!

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of what Celebrate Trails Day is
  • Discover tools and materials to help your organization plan, promote, and participate
  • Learn how to encourage your community to participate


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


Webinar Partners


Mary Ellen Koontz, TrailNation™ Collaborative Lead, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Washington, DC – Baltimore Area

Mary Ellen oversees RTC's TrailNation Collaborative, a multidisciplinary peer-learning network to establish and accelerate regional trail and active transportation networks. To do so, she works across a matrixed team to build processes and strategies in support of our organizational goals.


Yvonne Mwangi, Trail Resources and Planning Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Washington, DC

  • Create high-quality, relevant and accessible written content on RTC’s website on topics ranging from technical guidance on building & maintaining trails to emerging issues such as integrating diversity, equity and inclusion within the trails movement and the impacts of COVID-19 on trail use.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on topics of interest to trail professionals and RTC’s membership, including interviews, online research, and archival research.
  • Maintain RTC’s authoritative database of trails data and report, analyze and interpret trails data for internal and external uses including staff reports, presentations, coalition meetings, legal briefs, advocacy, print media, and for use by local, state and federal agencies.
  • Provide technical assistance to organizations and individuals on questions around trail development including navigating complex regulatory processes.
  • Train other technical assistance staff on use of database software, as well provide resources and best practices to help them provide support and information to organizations and individuals working to build trails in their communities.
  • Organize and present at webinars with roles including, selecting topics, recruiting and preparing speakers, providing technical support on GoToWebinar and Zoom and occasionally, presenting.


Brandi Horton, Vice President of Communications, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Arlington, Virginia

Brandi Horton serves as Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Vice President of Communications. She has dedicated her career to communications for social change and is passionate about creating communities that promote health and well-being. She partners with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to engage audiences in support of ambitious goals around community development, equity and inclusion, and quality of life. She is a communications strategist with comprehensive public relations and integrated marketing experience that she leverages to advance nonprofit advocacy agendas. Brandi lives in Arlington, Virginia with her family, where she regularly frequents the Four Mile Run and Washington & Old Dominion trails en route to work, the playground and little league games.


Suzanne Matyas, Social Media and Engagement Strategist, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Arlington, Virginia


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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

Learning credits are free for attendees for American Trails webinars and the International Trails Symposium, as well as for other conferences, webinars, and workshops we offer credits for. Learn more here.


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