16th National Trails Symposium - Orlando, Florida
PRE- and POST-CONFERENCE PROGRAMS
Please check to see if any of these field trips and mobile workshops are full and closed to additional registrants.
We've planned many opportunities for attendees to enjoy the outdoors, Orlando and the surrounding region. Come early and join us for special training workshops and fun and educational field trips before the main conference begins. This is your chance to really get immersed, whether it's in the latest techniques in trail design or construction, learning about Florida's ecotourism programs and rich heritage, or just enjoying the natural wonders of the Central Florida region.
Pre-conference activities include a myriad of educational field trips, a Florida Regional Greenways Conference, a Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) workshop, a nonprofit management course, an equestrian workshop, and affiliate organization meetings.
We have secured an excellent room rate for a Disney property. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is offering discounted tickets to Walt Disney World Resort theme parks to our attendees. Plan to bring the family and make this a vacation.
UNIVERSAL TRAIL ASSESSMENT PROCESS (UTAP) COORDINATOR
2 Day Workshop: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 7:30 a.m. &endash; 4:30 p.m.-- Cost: $395
Sponsored by Beneficial Designs, Inc. and American Trails (see other UTAP training opportunities)
The UTAP is an inventory process that provides objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width). The information obtained through an assessment can be used by land managers to enhance the safety and enjoyment of trail users (by providing accurate, objective information about the on-trail conditions), monitor environmental impact of the trail, prepare budgets, develop maintenance and construction plans, and identify potential access barriers. The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments. Registration fee includes transportation from Disney's Coronado Springs Resort to classroom/trail sites, training materials, and lunches. State Trail Administrators interested in attending should contact the American Trails office to receive complimentary registration.
REGIONAL GREENWAYS CONFERENCE
Time: 10:00 a.m. &endash; 4:00 p.m. -- FEE: $42.00 (lunch provided)
This Pre-Symposium session will consist of two parts: Shaping Florida's Next Conservation Initiative and The Power of Regionalism to Connect Florida. The first part will be an in-depth facilitated round table discussion examining efforts to amend Florida's constitution to permanently fund conservation initiatives in the Sunshine State. Session participants will include leaders from Florida conservation organizations, supportive legislators, and registrants. This new approach should help eliminate the yearly politics associated with our current Florida Forever Program and lay out a long-term approach to preservation efforts. The recently passed Safe Paths to School Program connecting neighborhoods to schools will also be reviewed.
Part two will focus on using the Power of Regionalism to Connect Florida. Topics to be covered include building local support, highlighting successful examples from around the country, and dealing with the obstacles and identifying opportunities. This segment of the session will introduce a working framework for your community to build a regional system of trails and greenways. Featured presenters are Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Research Director, Hugh Morris, and Director of Trail Development, Jeffrey Ciabotti. Please check the box for Shaping Florida's Future on the registration form if you plan to attend. Contact Ken Bryan for additional information: (850) 942-2379.
UTAP UPDATE CLINIC FOR TRAIL ASSESSMENT COORDINATORS
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Cost: $145
Here's your chance to update your skills and knowledge about the Universal Trail Assessment Process. This one-day course will refresh and update your UTAP knowledge with the latest measurement techniques and assessment strategies. The UTAP has been refined to recognize the creation of design guidelines and to streamline the UTAP benefits provided to both land managers and trail users. Both classroom and on-trail experiences will be provided during the course. Registration fees include transportation to the classroom/trail sites from Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, copies of the updated training materials, and lunch. We strongly recommend this as a continuing education course for anyone who attended a UTAP Coordinator Workshop prior to 2000.
KEYS TO ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT
Time: 10:00 a.m. &endash; 4:00 p.m. -- FEE: $75.00 (lunch provided)
Presented by Bob Harris, Certified Association Executive, Founder of the NonProfitCenter.com
For many staff members, entering the profession of association management is often described as "association by accident." Few opportunities or courses exist to study the characteristics of nonprofit organizations from boards of directors to membership to fundraising to financial management and to legal issues before entering the profession. This course presents a comprehensive and consistent means of orienting all staff to the profession of association management. Introducing the core knowledge and practical application will enhance your career.
DEVELOPING AN ACTION PLAN FOR COMMUNICATING NATIONAL RESEARCH INFORMATION TO EQUESTRIAN TRAIL USERS AND LAND MANAGERS
Time: 1:00 p.m. &endash; 4:00 p.m. -- FEE: $25.00
Coordinated by Jan Hancock, American Trails Board Member and Equestrian Representative
An Equestrian Trail User Workshop: This will be a facilitated workshop addressing the following topics and other items of interest:
The Workshop Goal: Reach a decision on the best way to move forward, if the group as a whole determines that a strategy is feasible and achievable.
Time: 3:00 p.m. &endash; 8:30 p.m. -- Cost: $75
TrailWare 2.0 is a software program for efficiently managing trail data collected through the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP). TrailWare makes storing and analyzing data easier, allows for creating trail characteristic reports (e.g. grade, cross slope, width, obstructions, and surface) for management purposes, and Trail Access Information reports suitable for distribution to trail users. The course will provide instruction on using TrailWare effectively for trail data management. Participants will learn how to enter data, perform data analysis, and create and use reports. Registration fee includes course materials, TrailWare 2.0 Software CD, and dinner. NOTE: It is recommended that participants bring a portable computer to the course that is ready for the installation of TrailWare (Windows 95 or newer/Mac OS 8.1 or newer; 32 MB RAM; CD-ROM or ZIP drive). Contact Beneficial Designs at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about computer requirements.
Time: 7:30 a.m. &endash; 4:30 p.m.-- Cost: $395
The UTAP is an inventory process that provides objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width). The information obtained through an assessment can be used by land managers to enhance the safety and enjoyment of trails users (by providing accurate, objective information about the on-trail conditions), monitor environmental impact of the trail, prepare budgets, develop maintenance and construction plans, and identify potential access barriers. The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments. Registration fee includes transportation from Disney's Coronado Springs Resort to classroom/trail sites, training materials, and lunches. State Trail Administrators interested in attending should contact the American Trails office to receive complimentary registration.
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