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Call for Presentations

To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium’s theme, "Trails Take Flight: Connecting People, Places, and Possibilities." Proposals can be for national or international presentations.

Call for Presentations Deadline was December 16, 2016

Conference Materials

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Types of presentations

There are several types of presentations you can propose, each with a different time allotment depending on the depth of material you would like to incorporate (see paragraphs below for details):

Concurrent Sessions (1.25 hours)
Core Tracks (3 or 6 hours)
Poster Presentations
Trail Talks (1 hour)

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions are 1.25 hour informational talks that can be given by one presenter or a panel (panels must be limited to three people for time effectiveness and in order to qualify for Continuing Educational Units (CEUs)). Keep the time limit in mind as you prepare your proposal – be realistic as to what you can accomplish in the time provided. In partnership with the Professional Trailbuilders Association (PTBA) we will offer a Technical Track of Concurrent Sessions featuring solutions-based topics. PTBA is seeking presentation proposals from leaders in the trail building industry. Their general list of topic areas has been incorporated in The Call for Presentations. Submit proposals through our same process.

Core Tracks

Core Tracks are designed to allow presenters to explore subjects in greater depth than is possible in a 1.25 Concurrent Session. Each Core Track module is a minimum of 3 hours (including breaks), but Core Track offerings can be extended to 6 hours (including breaks). This will allow ample time for in-depth presentations, discussions, examples, practice, and fieldwork (if applicable). The total available Core Tracks will be allocated based on the presentations selected.

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Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed in a common area in the Exhibit Hall throughout the Symposium. Individuals displaying posters will also have an opportunity to share their "story" and to meet with interested attendees at designated times during the Symposium.

Presenters should plan to attend the Symposium in person and are responsible for the shipping, construction, and assembling of their own posters on site. Shipping information will be provided to you upon acceptance of your presentation. Presenters who want to display posters at the Symposium are required to submit proposals filled out via the online form. For questions about posters, please contact Symposium Posters Chair, Eli Griffen with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: eli@railstotrails.org or 202-974-5123.

Trail Talk (a.k.a. Breakfast with an Expert)

We invite presenters with a special interest in various trail related topics to lead a "Trail Talk" Session. Leaders will convene a topic table and facilitate an informal discussion and exchange of ideas. Attendees can also enjoy coffee and pastries during these informal early morning networking sessions. For questions about leading a Trail Talk Session, please contact Trail Talk Chair, Eric Oberg with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Midwest Regional Office: eric@railstotrails.org or 614-837-6782.

Preferred Topics for Presentations

Presentations should address one or more of the topic areas below, as they relate to the Symposium’s theme, " Trails Take Flight: Connecting People, Places, and Possibilities." 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs will be available to attendees. THE CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSAL FORM MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT FOR A SESSION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR CEUs. Note: not all sessions that apply for CEUs will qualify. CEU’s will be available for Parks & Recreation professionals through Ohio Parks & Recreation Association. Ohio Planning Association will be providing APA CEU’s. Designation is based on qualifications set down by the determining provider and they have full authority to accept or decline CEU availability.

Please note:

We anticipate over 100 presenters. Due to the large number of proposals expected we will not be able to accept every proposal, and we may ask some presentation proposers with similar topics to combine and create a new Concurrent Session or a Core Track session.

Speakers are welcome to attend the session they are presenting for free but registration is required for the remainder of the day and Symposium. While we do not offer a discounted registration rate for presenters, we keep our registration fees as low as possible and know that the interaction and opportunity to speak in front of your peers is an honor and beneficial to all involved.

Call for Presentations Deadline was December 16, 2016

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P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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