Virtual Workshop Homepage October 2020

UPDATE 11/17/2020: Thank you!

Virtual Workshop Wraps Up
More than 200 people attended, presented, sponsored, and/or supported the Partnership for the National Trails System’s first Virtual Workshop. Thank you so much for making this Workshop a success we can build on! During the workshop we heard about practical examples and best practices; we were encouraged to recognize that a big vision for a trail requires us to think outside of traditional boundaries and values; we heard about partners raising one another up and highlighting the long underprioritized stories of peoples and nationals throughout our National Trails System; we heard stories that were both heart-wrenching and heartwarming; and we started many important dialogues that we must continue. You can still check our workshop website to find resources, contacts for presenters, and other materials. We will make an announcement when the recordings become available. Thank you!

Post Workshop Evaluation
The online workshop evaluation is now closed. However, if you like to contribute comments, please send them to Liz Wessel via email – liz@pnts.org or by phone 608.204.2717. We will be meeting soon to review the workshop – its content and logistics. Your input is very helpful in this process! Thank you again for your participation.

Post Workshop Recordings, Presentations & other materials
All recordings and other materials will be made available on the Final Schedule, password protected, page of the website (See below). We have NOT yet received the session recordings.

The Partnership for the National Trails System’s first Virtual Workshop, held from October 21st and October 29th, explored the following themes:

  • Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Expanding Partnerships Within and Beyond Trail Corridors
  • Increasing Capacity Through Organizational Development

Schedule and Sessions

SCHEDULE & PROGRAM2020 2021 TRAIL APPRENTICESPRESENTERSTHANK YOUS

Program Schedule for Fall Workshop October 21st – October 29th (updated 10/18/20)

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 Community Agreements Session will be led by a facilitator.

2 PM EDT: Moving Forward Through Teachable Moments: 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: Shaping Sharing and Storytelling on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

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 Better Inventory, Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. The Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort

4 PM EDT: How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of 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: Closing Session: A look at state level initiatives in outdoor engagement policies & 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

The 2020 Application process is now closed.
For more information about the Trail Apprentice program, Click HERE.
Trail Apprentice Facebook page 

Presenters for the 2020 Virtual Fall Workshop

Alivia Acosta
Amy Lindholm
Anne Sentz
Barney Scout Mann
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT
Carin Farley
  • cfarley@blm.gov
  • How to Better Inventory, Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. The Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort: Monday 10/26 at 2 PM
Chief Anne Richardson
  • 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
  • https://www.rappahannocktribe.org/
Cristina Wineinger
Deloris Gray Wood
Destiny Williams
  • dwilliams@alasu.edu
  • 334 – 229 – 6888
  • Shaping, Sharing & Storytelling on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: Friday 10/23 at 12 Noon EDT
Don Owen
  • djowenhome@gmail.com
  • 304-283-4745
  • 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
  • http://pnts.org/new/
Dr Howard Robinson
  • hrobinson@alasu.edu
  • 334- 229 – 4491
  • Shaping, Sharing & Storytelling on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: Friday 10/23 at 12 Noon EDT
Dylan McDowell
  • mcdowell@ncel.net
  • Closing Session: New Initiatives in Outdoor Engagement Policies at the State Level & What’s Next for PNTS: Thursday 10/29 at 2 PM EDT
Garrett Jackson
Jeremy Call
Joe McCauley
Joel Dunn
  • jdunn@chesapeakeconservancy.org
  • The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition and the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT (Chesapeake Trail): Friday 10/23 at 2 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 Noon EDT
  • https://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/
José G. González
Julie Judkins
  • jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS JEDI workgroup: Thursday 10/22 at 4 PM EDT
Kaleo Paik
Kathy DeCoster
Laura Hicklin
Leigh Ann Hunter
  • info@ovta.org
  • Interpreting the Stories of the Silent Voices: Acknowledging the lives of the oppressed and marginalized in your Historic Trail interpretation: Fri 10/23 at 4 PM EDT
  • https://ovta.org/
Lila Leatherman
Luz Lituma
  • llituma1@gmail.com
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS JEDI workgroup: Thursday 10/22 at 4 PM EDT
Monica Rhodes
RG Absher
  • rg.absher@ovta.org
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT & How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 noon EDT
Rob Sweeten
  • rsweeten@blm.gov
  • How to Better Inventory, Assess and Monitor National Scenic & Historic Trails. The Bureau of Land Management’s New Training Effort: Monday 10/26 at 2 PM
Rocky Miller
  • TrailConsultingLLC@gmail.com
  • How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT
Ron Tipton
  • rtipton1948@gmail.com
  • Great American Outdoors Act, Part II: A National Trails Campaign: Tues 10/27 at 4 PM EDT
Sarah Unz
  • Opening Session and Welcome: Wednesday 10/21 at 5 PM EDT
Tyler Ray
Van Tran
  • vant@floridatrail.org
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Best Practices as Developed by the PNTS JEDI workgroup: Thursday 10/22 at 4 PM EDT
William Buck
William L (Bill) Ambrose
  • How primary sources or first hand accounts and GIS can be used to establish and map a trail: A Case Study of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Monday 10/26 at 4 PM EDT

Thank you to our sponsors and hosts

The following organizations, businesses and agencies have made the Virtual Fall Workshop possible:

Our Technical support vendor