Welcome! Join us at the Partnership for the National Trails System’s first Virtual Workshop from October 21st and October 29th to explore the following themes:
- Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
- Expanding Partnerships Within and Beyond Trail Corridors
- Increasing Capacity Through Organizational Development
Schedule and Sessions
- DETAILED SCHEDULE LINKED HERE: Includes abstracts, presenters, times, prework and take home resources
- Abbreviated schedule is below
- All sessions will be held on Zoom
- Generally, sessions will be help between 12 and 6 PM ET.
- Please register using the link below.
- Registration fee: $75 standard rate and $25 rate for students and limited income.
- Upon registering, attendees will receive a link to register for individual sessions; you must register for a session in order to receive the Zoom link for each session in early October.
- Discount codes are available for presenters and Trail Apprentices.
- Please sign up HERE for workshop updates and announcements.
- Fill in our Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Workshop Survey: The PNTS Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) working group is in the process of planning a workshop series on JEDI Principles, Best Practices & Development for the PNTS 2020 Virtual Fall Workshop. In order to assess the landscape of JEDI influence and movement among our National Trails System, we are asking you to participate in completing a survey so that we can gather lessons learned and determine key discussion topics for the JEDI workshop series. Please complete this short Google form. Thank you in advance for your participation and insight.
Registration information – NOW OPEN!
- Fee levels: There will be two options for registration fee. A standard rate of $75 and a reduced rate of $25 for students and those who are economically challenged.
- Registrants will receive access information to a website where they can sign up for individual sessions. The registration fee covers all sessions except for sessions that have limited access. The following sessions have limited access:
– Open space sessions will be limited to encourage discussion from participants
– On Thursday, October 22nd, there will be a Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Session for PNTS member organizations; there may be a concurrent session at this time for other workshop participants.
- Register Here!
Program Schedule for Fall Workshop October 21st – October 29th (updated 9/21/20)
DETAILED SCHEDULE LINKED HERE: Includes abstracts, presenters, times, prework and take home resources
Below is an abbreviated schedule for sessions. Please be aware that the schedule can change but we will try to keep it updated with the most current information. You will need to register to receive access in order to sign up and receive the access information for individual sessions. There will be approximately 3 sessions per day with break between sessions and no sessions on the weekend. Sessions will generally begin at 12 noon EDT and be done by 6 PM EDT.
Day 1 – Wednesday, October 21st
5 PM: Opening session and keynote speaker
Day 2 – Thursday, October 22nd
12 Noon EDT: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Principles and Practices: Community Agreements Session will be led by a facilitator.
2 PM EDT: Level setting exercise: an opportunity for people to share and learn from each other’s teachable moments along the way of implementing and integrating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion practices led by outside moderator and a member of our PNTS Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workgroup (Members only)
4 PM EDT: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion workgroup
Day 3 – Friday, October 23rd
12 noon EDT: Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail panel
2 PM EDT: The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition and the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail)
4 PM EDT: Interpreting the Stories of the Silent Voices: Acknowledging the lives of the oppressed and marginalized in your Historic Trail interpretation
Day 4 – Monday, October 26th
12 noon EDT: An Introduction to Protecting Trails: A Handbook for Land Acquisition for National Scenic and Historic Trails
2 PM EDT: How to Inventory/Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort
4 PM EDT: Documenting the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Day 5 – Tuesday, October 27th
12 noon EDT: Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails
2 PM EDT: Great American Outdoors Act, Part I: Lessons Learned and How to Use Them to “Win the Win”
3:30 PM EDT: Great American Outdoors Act: PART II A National Trails Campaign
Day 6 – Wednesday, October 28th
12 noon EDT: Fundraising During a Pandemic
2 PM EDT: Next Generation Alumni Panel
Day 7 – Thursday, October 29th
12 Noon EDT: Utilizing Zoom and Other Tech Tools to Promote the National Trails
2 PM EDT: Optimizing your video projects – a moderated discussion
5 PM EDT: Closing Session: What’s next for the national trails
Trail Apprentice program 2020 – 2021
Are you interested in a career in history, recreation, and the outdoors? The Partnership for the National Trails System is looking for young leaders for its 2020-2021 Trail Apprentice program. The program will include orientation and attendance at the 2020 National Trails Virtual Fall Workshop Oct 21st – Oct 29th. In addition, we are currently looking at ways to extend the program virtually with mentoring and other opportunities.
The workshop is a skill building opportunity covering a variety of topics. You will be an active part of the workshop dialogue, engaging in skill- and tool-sharing and networking amongst the national scenic and historic trail communities. Selected participants should be ready to explore, learn, and engage virtually! Topics will include, though are not limited to, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; tools for planning and building trails; creating new partnerships; fundraising in turbulent times; and more.
Applicants must be between the age of 18-28 with an interest in the National Trails System. Trail apprentice scholarships include:
- Free attendance to all sessions at the Workshop
- Access to other webinars/workshops through 3/1/2021
For more information about the national scenic and historic trails or questions about the Trail Apprentice program, contact Liz@pnts.org directly. Use “Trail Apprentice” in your header.
Presenters for the 2020 Virtual Fall Workshop
- Next Generation Alumni Panel: Wednesday 10/28 at 2 PM EDT
- The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition & the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT (Chesapeake Trail): Friday 10/23 at 2 PM EDT
- An Introduction to Protecting Trails: A Handbook for Land Acquisition for National Scenic & Historic Trails: Mon 10/26 12 noon EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tues 10/27 at 12 noon EDT
- How to Inventory/Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. Bureau of Land Management: Monday 10/26 at 2 PM
- Great American Outdoors Act, Part II: A National Trails Campaign: Tues 10/27 at 4 PM EDT
Frequently Asked Questions
Access to sessions
Can I attend any sessions? Once you register, you can attend any session that is open. The ZOOM link will be provided on a secure website.
What sessions are “closed”? There are only a few closed sessions. For these sessions you will sign up using a link to a form. Additional instructions and a ZOOM link will be provided.
Registration is now OPEN! Please go the registration page to complete registration.
Can I register more than one person at a time? YES. You can register multiple people. However, you will need their name and email in order to complete the process. Each person will receive the email with access to the secure website with the Zoom links.
Zoom links will become available around the first week of October. You need to register for the workshop in order to receive access to the Zoom links.
Register for the 2020 Virtual Fall Workshop
If you are a presenter or a Trail Apprentice, please contact Liz Wessel email@example.com for a discount code for registration.
There will be opportunities provided by our technical vendor Western Washington University to learn how to navigate in Zoom during a workshop session. Dates and times of these sessions will be announced soon.