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American Trails hosts the next International Trails Symposium in Portland May 17-20, 2015. The Symposium addresses every aspect of trails, greenways, and blueways. Learn from dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops and network with experts and enthusiasts from across the globe. The theme for this year's Symposium is "Solutions for Success."

Thank you Sponsors!

Thank you to our local host and major partner, Metro, and to our other partners, The Intertwine AllianceMIG, Inc., Northwest Youth Corps, OR Parks and Recreation, and the Professional Trailbuilders Association, as well as the Bureau of Land ManagementNational Park ServiceUS Fish & Wildlife Service, and the USDA Forest Service.

Announcing a New Partnership! The Professional Trailbuilders Association and American Trails are proud to announce a new partnership venture at the Symposium. The Sustainable Trails Workshop Series and the Outdoor Demonstration Area and Trade Show will offer hands-on experiences for attendees that will focus on the important skills and techniques of sustainable design, planning, construction, and maintenance of trails for all types of users in all environments. The culmination of the project will be a Legacy Trail built in one of Portland's popular urban parks. Read more and learn how you can participate!

Symposium Headlines

Award-winning website highlights Portland area trails

The Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region has a comprehensive website for trails and outdoor destinations, which won an award for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds.

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Portland: the video

See a great video of images around Portland. Don't miss this lively look at people, activities, transportation, trails, the city, and beautiful scenes.

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Partnership for sustainable trails training

The Professional Trailbuilders Association and American Trails are proud to announce the Sustainable Trails Workshops and Outdoor Demo Area and Trade Show at the Symposium.

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Programs & Workshops

You'll find educational sessions covering every trail issue, inspirational speakers, a trail-related exhibit hall, and mobile workshops.

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Latest News and Resources

Portland, Oregon - Our host city

Portland features parks, squares, and wide sidewalks– plus a network of streetcars, buses, and light rail. 

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Is Portland America’s best bicycling city?

Portland was rated America's most bike-friendly city in 2012 by Bicycling magazine. The city has made great efforts to accommodate bikes on streets, public transportation, and along the greenways. 

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Major trail connector plan approved

A version of the 25-mile Westside Trail has been envisioned since the 1904 "Olmstead Plan" for the City of Portland's park system. The master plan for the trail approved this week connects a number of significant parks and natural areas in Washington County. 

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Portland Hikers Field Guide

Portland Hikers Field Guide is a place to find and share knowledge about great hikes and destinations in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  

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Rich Guadagno Memorial National Recreation Trail

The 1000th National Recreation Trail at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, south of Portland, was dedicated to former refugemanagers, Rich Guadagno, who was killed September 11, 2001, aboard United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. 

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Portland Sunday Parkways: car-free streets

Sunday Parkways is back for another year of walking, riding, rolling and moving! Last year, 85,480 residents and visitors participated, getting active while enjoying car-free streets in communities across Portland. 

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The Intertwine Alliance works for completion of the region’s trail network

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of private firms, public agencies, and nonprofits working together to create a movement for parks, trails and natural areas. 

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Educational Sessions





Symposium Sponsors

Join our many sponsors and exhibitors to network with the nationwide trails community and maximize your visibility and message. Download the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packet now and meet our current sponsors to date...