Encouraging Indigenous Participation in Trail Management and Interpretation

Learn how one trail organization has been engaging indigenous communities in the interpretation of trails and public lands to help all visitors connect on a deeper level.

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Event Details

December 14, 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 Sponsor

This webinar is free to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship from Josephine Lawrence Hopkins Foundation.


Webinar Outline

Learn how one trail organization has been engaging indigenous communities in the interpretation of trails and public lands to help all visitors connect on a deeper level. From the inclusion of land acknowledgments and indigenous place names on trailhead signs to involving tribes in trail design, construction, and exploration, this presentation will offer a suite of successful strategies for engaging indigenous people in trail management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Ideas for how to engage indigenous communities in your trail project
  • Understanding the difference between respectful dialogue and formal consultation
  • Deliverables that benefit native and non-native communities alike
  • Why removal of offensive place names from maps, signs, and public lexicon is a vital step in cultural reconciliation


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


Webinar Partners


Matthew Nelson, Executive Director, Arizona Trail Association
Tucson, Arizona

During his 11 years as the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association, Matthew has worked to strengthen relations between tribes throughout Arizona and the outdoor recreation community. His former position as NAGPRA Coordinator and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Bishop Paiute Tribe of California helped inform his understanding of traditional land management techniques and the cultural significance of long-distance trails. He believes that indigenous involvement in trails is vital to the overall health of individuals, communities, organizations, agencies and the land itself.


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  • 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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