Increasing Community Engagement on Local Trails During National Trails Day®

In this webinar, we'll explore creative ways to build community and connect with people in your area who share your love of being outside during National Trails Day® on June 4, 2022.

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May 05, 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

In this webinar, we'll explore creative ways to build community and connect with people in your area who share your love of being outside during National Trails Day® on June 4, 2022. Last year, National Trails Day® reached more than 45 million people on social media alone, and it's a great opportunity to reach new audiences and recruit new trail volunteers. Wesley Trimble, Communications and Creative Director at American Hiking Society, will share the benefits of hosting events on National Trails Day®, and he'll guide webinar participants through a simple framework for planning and hosting a successful event to increase engagement and inclusivity in your community on National Trails Day®.

Long-time National Trails Day® event host, Gary Marks, Enrichment Coordinator for Canton, MI, will also share helpful advice he's gained over the years for engaging your local community in different ways through National Trails Day®.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of what National Trails Day® is and why it's a fantastic opportunity to engage people within your community.
  2. Become equipped with a simple framework for organizing a successful event for National Trails Day®
  3. Discover new ideas on how to connect with people in your community in creative and inclusive ways and learn how to cultivate partners for a collaborative event.
  4. Learn what resources are available for National Trails Day® event hosts
  5. Receive advice from a long-time event organize to learn how to plan for an impactful event experience for your community


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

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Webinar Resources

  • National Trails Day® Event Host Information Page
  • 2022 National Trails Day® Event Host Guide (pdf)
  • 2022 National Trails Day® Promotional Toolkit

    Webinar Partners


    Wesley Trimble, Communication and Creative Director, American Hiking Society
    Palmer Lake, Colorado

    For the last seven years, Wesley has managed American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® program through the nationwide coordination and promotion of events across the country. He works to advance American Hiking Society’s mission of empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience because his many trail experiences have been transformative throughout his life.


    Gary Marks, Enrichment and Special Event Coordinator, Canton Leisure Services
    Canton, Michigan

    Gary has been a part-time coordinator with Canton Township for 9 years. He has been a substitute teacher in the Plymouth-Canton School System since graduating with a BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Gary and his family enjoy camping, hiking and travel whenever possible. He created the ‘Canton Celebrates National Trails Day’ event, which takes place along the Lower Rouge Recreational Trail, in 2017 to raise awareness of Canton’s local parks and trail system.


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    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
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