The American Trails International Trails Symposium offers the premier trails experience, with leading experts that offer over 80 cutting-edge trail presentations, field trips, workshops, with an abundance of networking opportunities.
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Registration(s) are included with some sponsorship levels and exhibitors can receive a discounted registration. Learn more on pages 14-15 of the Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities packet.
We will offer discounted registrations for American Trails members, Ohio residents, as well as a discount for early registrations (early registration deadline March 17, 2017). Full registrations (four core conference days) and single day registrations will be available, as well as a la carte and full meal packages for booth staff and spouses/family/friends who will not be attending the Symposium non-meal functions. Registration rates are as follows:
Early Registration (by March 17):
Regular Registration (March 18 - May 6):
On-site Registration (May 7 - May 20):
Includes: All concurrent/core track sessions, full access to the exhibit hall, access to the PTBA Outdoor Trade Show, Welcome Reception, Keynote Opening and Closing Luncheons, Cocktail Hour at the Air Force Museum, Trails Rock Party, National & International Trails Awards Banquet, Trail Talk Breakfasts, Tuesday Boxed Lunch, and Happy Trails Hours. (American Trails Featured Workshops and Mobile Workshops, and PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops are an additional cost.)
Single Day Registration
Includes: All concurrent/core track sessions, access to the exhibit hall, and meals for that day. (American Trails Featured Workshops and Mobile Workshops, and PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops are an additional cost.)
Single Day Registration Rates:
Early (by March 17)
Note: All meals below are included with a Full Symposium Registration package. If you select a Full Registration, you do not need to purchase meals for yourself.
If you purchased a Single Day Registration you do not need to purchase meals for that day.
Learn more about past Symposiums here.
Convention Center and Hotels
The majority of events will take place at the Dayton Convention Center on all three floors of the convention center. The Trails Rock Party, however, will take place at the RiverScape Pavilion, which is located along the Great Miami River. All off-site workshops— American Trails Mobile Workshops and PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops— will meet in the designated pick-up area at the convention center to be transported to their location (details coming later in 2016).
Visit the Hotel Accommodations page for the host hotels offering discounts to Symposium attendees.
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The International Trails Symposium helps attendees:
Attendees consist of trail planners, builders, volunteers, engineers, managers, administrators, media, trail users and advocates, company/industry representatives, and anyone interested in trails. Our Symposiums draw anywhere from 700-1,000 attendees and attracts over 150 presenters, 100+ booths in the exhibit hall, and more than 150 volunteers. In general, the numbers consist of approximately 65% agency representatives and 35% organization advocates or trail users.
In addition, there is a free half day for the public to visit the exhibit hall on Sunday, May 7, 2017 (our Building Public Awareness for Trails Event) as the kick-off to the Symposium and includes local vendor tables, activities, and entertainment.
History of the International Trails Symposium
The first American Trails National Trails Symposium was held in 1971, and it has continued every two years since— celebrating a 23rd Anniversary in 2017. Due to American Trails widening of its network to the international trails community, the name and focus has evolved from a National Trails Symposium to an International Trails Symposium.
We were thrilled to host our first International Trails Symposium in Arizona in 2013. We want to reach across the oceans to harness our combined wisdom to support and encourage the collective dedication to trail initiatives around the world. The program will feature international sessions, which will provide alternative ways of approaching challenges in the trails world and will provide excellent networking opportunities for our attendees. We are stronger and more effective together, and the Symposium is a perfect way for the international trails community to share success stories and lessons learned.
Over 18 different countries were represented at the 2015 Symposium. We hope to increase that number for 2017.
The 2015 Symposium attendees came from the District of Columbia and every State, with the exception of Connecticut and Louisiana.
Additional countries represented included:
Scholarships for International Presenters
This scholarship program will provide funding for our international presenters at the American Trails International Trails Symposium. Scholarship funds will include their registration cost, as well as provide funding to go towards their travel and accommodations. Learn more about this opportunity and how to donate to the program or apply for a scholarship.
For questions on registering and attending, contact: