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American Trails hosts the next International Trails Symposium in Portland May 17-20, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center. 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 major partner, the Professional Trailbuilders Association and our local host and major planning partner, Metro, as well as to our major sponsors to date:

Oregon State Parks and Recreation, REI, MIG, Inc., The Intertwine Alliance, Northwest Youth Corps, Alta Planning + Design, the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the USDA Forest Service.

Symposium Headlines

Mentors needed for Emerging Leaders

Mentor applications for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program at the Symposium are now being accepted

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Mobile Workshops

This Symposium is offering 16 mobile workshops for all trail user types.

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Partnership for sustainable trails training

The Professional Trailbuilders Association to bring the Sustainable Trails Workshops to the Symposium.

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Schedule at a glance

View the itinerary for the upcoming International Trails Symposium

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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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Download the Schedule!

Get the latest, up-to-date version of the Symposium schedule here. (PDF) 

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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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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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A trail from Mount Hood to the coast

Imagine heading west from downtown Portland, by foot or bike along the Columbia River, all the way to the Oregon Coast.  

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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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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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Students present proposal to complete signature regional trail

The Sustainable Cities Initiative engaged University of Oregon students to tackle design problems for the 40-Mile Loop. 

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