Six Steps to Build a TrailNation™

This webinar will highlight the six actionable strategies for building trail networks that are especially relevant to Main Street programs, as noted in Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s TrailNation™ Playbook.

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This webinar does not qualify for LA CES learning credits.

Event Details

March 28, 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

Trail networks have a proven transformative impact on America’s communities. When trails are connected, they create healthy, thriving communities by delivering economic opportunities, safe transportation options, environmental resiliency, and quality-of-life benefits for everyone. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s TrailNation™ Playbook offers practitioners the tools and resources to stimulate trail network development nationwide. This session will highlight the six actionable strategies for building trail networks that are especially relevant to Main Street programs, as told by the practitioners themselves. We will be joined by leaders who have seen the impact power of trail networks in their own Main Street communities and share their success stories. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge and know-how to access the benefits of creating safe, accessible, and connected places for their communities to walk and bike.

This webinar does not qualify for LA CES learning credits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain tools and understanding of strategies essential to the success of developing trail networks
  • Participants will learn how to use quantitative data, spatial mapping, and robust engagement plans to help communities build political will and prioritize public investment for infrastructure
  • This session will generate ideas for inspiring community on trails through inclusive trail practices in participant’s communities.

Webinar Resources

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy TrailNation Initiatives

    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.


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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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