Creating Culture Change Through Outdoor Recreation

See how a park district committed itself to reinventing its facilities, programs, and events to serve 21st century audiences while at the same time helping to change the image and culture of what had been considered a “dying” rust belt community.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:15 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:15 PM (Eastern Time)


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The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

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See how a park district committed itself to reinventing its facilities, programs, and events to serve 21st century audiences while at the same time helping to change the image and culture of what had been considered a “dying” rust belt community.

Dayton, Ohio is The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest!

This region is now proud of its active, healthy, lifestyle culture and is home to the nation’s largest paved trail network, whitewater features, Ohio’s only national water trail, a national scenic trail, adventure cycling routes, award winning mountain biking and backpacking facilities, and much more. Outside Magazine called Dayton “The best rebirth of the American Dream” in its 2017 Best Towns edition.

See how the park district served as a catalyst for community change by developing outdoor adventure facilities, building independent users through skill building progressions, and hosting the “Midwest’s Premier Outdoor Adventure Festival” which serves as a celebration of the outdoor scene in the Greater Dayton, Ohio Region.

This presentation will highlight how the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience serves as a megaphone for our message, creates a sense of pride, and invites uninitiated audiences into our parks and programming to become lifelong advocates.

CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

Learning Objectives

Engaging communities.

  • At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to list three ways Five Rivers MetroParks partnered beyond park boundaries to leverage community investment in creating an active, healthy, lifestyle culture.

Using trails and greenways as economic drivers including to enhance the quality of life for residence, attract businesses and professionals, and drive tourism.

  • Attendees should gain an appreciation for how investing in outdoor recreation facilities has enhanced the quality of life, been a source of pride for local businesses, and has helped drive tourism through the creation of destination level facilities in the Greater Dayton, Ohio Region.

Educating youth and non-traditional users and getting them into the outdoors.

  • Attendees should be able articulate how events can serve as an effective gateway to youth, families, and the uninitiated.

Using special events to build interest and support for trails, greenways, and associated recreation.

  • Attendees should be able to articulate how to design an event that is part of an ongoing community culture building strategy and why that is more powerful than a standalone event.


Webinar Partners


Brent Anslinger, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager, Five Rivers MetroParks

Brent is the Outdoor Recreation Program Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio and was part of the Outdoor Recreation Initiative when it began in 2006. Over the last 14 years he has been involved with developing the programming, events, and facilities that helped establish Dayton, Ohio as The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest! Brent works with a great team to produce Five Rivers MetroParks award winning signature event, Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, along with skill building programming and advocacy efforts. Brent is a Certified Festival and Event Associate through the International Festival and Events Association.

Prior to working with Five Rivers MetroParks, Brent was an outdoor industry sales representative, part of the Backpacker Magazine Get Out More! Road Team and thru-hiked the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Buckeye Trails.


Angela “Angie” York, Outdoor Recreation Special Events Coordinator, Five Rivers MetroParks

Angela is the Outdoor Recreation Special Events Coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio. Angela has been with MetroParks for three years planning and implementing our three outdoor recreation events and assisting with outdoor recreation programming.

Prior to working with Five Rivers MetroParks, Angela worked for Sharonville Parks and Recreation in Cincinnati, Ohio and Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation in Jackson, Wyoming coordinating outdoor recreation programming and events.


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

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