2020 Workshops – Spring and Fall

In 2020, two workshops will be held – one in May 2020 and one in October 2020. These will be open to all member organizations of the Partnership for the National Trails System and affiliates.

Spring Workshop – Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu), New Mexico
May 18th – 21st, 2020

Host Trail organization: Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Contact: Jackie Horne,, 303.996.275

Topics covered at this workshop include:

  • Trail and corridor protection and management
  • Community engagement and field-based program approaches
  • Organization development
  • JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) principles and practices, and community outreach

Lodging: A mix of types of lodging will be available on site at Ghost Ranch including single, double, multiple person shared and camping.

Setting: Ghost Ranch is nestled in the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico just below the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Open year-round, the Ranch is committed to spiritual development, peace and justice, honoring the environment and exploring family through the celebration of art, culture and nature. The landscape of Ghost Ranch—made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe—encompasses 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies.

Fall Workshop – Spartanburg, South Carolina
October 26th – 30th, 2020

 Preserving Trail Lands and Resources through Enduring Partnerships
with Individuals, Communities and Organizations

Host Trail organization: Overmountain Victory Trail Association
Contact: RG Absher,, 336.902.1760

Travel Days: October 26* & 30
*Welcome reception the evening of Mon 10/26

Workshop outcomes:

  • How to increase organization effectiveness through diverse trail partnerships – new organizations and individuals
  • Learn from successful partnerships with Native Americans to preserve culture, history, and sacred landscapes along trail corridors
  • How to create and use national trail interpretation programs as a means to reach a more diverse population of the public and students
  • How creative partnerships can put real trail on the ground
  • How to work with the local parks departments and planning agencies to leverage funds and bring additional value to and visibility in a local community
  • How the National Trails Gap Analysis can be used to focus your work
  • How to get your trail recognized in a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Accommodation: We will be based at the Marriott Spartanburg. We encourage participants to stay at the Marriott both for convenience but also to support the workshop planning and budgeting.

Additional information will be posted on both of these workshops as available.
In the meantime, please send your questions to the contacts for each workshop.

Previous Workshops

Biennial National Historic Trails Workshop

At this biennial gathering of National Historic Trails advocates, volunteers and professionals, the workshop hones in on the issues that face the Historic Trails as they move towards completion. Interpretation, preservation of key historic sites, protection indigenous landscapes and acquiring and maintaining a contiguous trail corridor are addressed. Attend this workshop to learn more about how you can play a role in developing, protecting and preserving your favorite historic trails and how you can strengthen your trail organization.

Biennial National Scenic Trails Workshop

Scenic Trails highlight some of the country’s most spectacular natural landmarks and features. As stewards of these trails, building and maintaining these trails in some very remote locations with volunteer power presents many challenges to trail organizations. The National Scenic Trails workshop provides the opportunity to learn best practices in both physical trail building and maintenance and organizational development. Effective steward organizations have strong programs in communication, volunteer management, fundraising and leadership development. This is an opportunity to go in depth into the issues faced by trail organizations as they strive to complete and maintain the trails in these outstanding scenic corridors.