Webinars

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Join us for our webinar series aimed at providing relevant information and best practices as they pertain to the work of non-profit and Federal agency partners in sustaining the National Trails System (NTS). These webinars are free to staff, board members, and volunteer leaders of Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) member organizations and National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance members; Federal trail managing partners; PNTS affiliates (one per organization); and PNTS supporters. Others may participate at the cost of $35 per webinar.**

Please check back frequently for updates. Additional webinars will be added throughout the year.

**2020 UPDATE: PNTS will share additional webinars, town hall meetings, and trainings hosted by other organizations on this page. Registration information and costs may vary. Please follow each link for further details.

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Title: 2020 Nonprofit Diversity Practices Survey Results Overview Webinar
Presenters: Lisa Brown Alexander, President and CEO; Emily Holthaus, Managing Director, DEI
Date and Time: September 21st at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: As a leading talent management firm in the social impact sector for more than 20 years, we have worked with thousands of organizations to help advance their missions through their most important asset, their people. Sign up now and invite your team and community partners to listen in! You will hear impacts from the survey data and walk away with tips for how your organization can best leverage the survey results.
Hosted by Nonprofit HR.

Title: COVID-19 and Field Work peer learning session
Presenters: National Forest Foundation
Date and Time: September 22nd at 2PM EDT
Overview: In June and August, the National Forest Foundation convened virtual peer learning sessions focused on COVID-19 and fieldwork on National Forest System lands. We joined many of our colleagues and partners from around the country to discuss early- and mid-season experiences and adaptations for organizations working on field-based projects during the pandemic. Session attendees expressed an interest in ongoing virtual discussions, and we’re pleased to announce a continued conversation around COVID-19 learning and adaptations. During this one-hour discussion space, we invite local implementing partners working on National Forest System lands to join with questions, experiences, and/or advice around your learnings and experiences. Our goal is to make the time as productive as possible for everyone – and to facilitate and share learning around the country. During this virtual conversation, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Share late-season experiences and adaptations from implementing field-based projects during the pandemic.
  • Present challenges they are still struggling with.
  • Discuss COVID-related questions from partner organizations working on National Forest System lands.

Hosted by National Forest Foundation.

Title: Trail Marking Standards Across Varying Landscapes
Presenters: Scott Landes, CEO, Rhino Marking & Protection Systems, Charlie Dundas, Owner, Tri-State Company, Inc; Stephen Swazee, Chair, Emergency Preparedness Committee, Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council; Jennifer Rigby, Director, The Acorn Group, Inc.; Josh Olson, Trail Solutions Project Manager/Lead Builder, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Date and Time: September 24th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Join trail designers and builders who work in vastly different landscapes as they discuss the unique marking challenges that their landscapes present. From cattle crossing in the Dakotas to winding forested singletrack of the Southeast, can sign standards be simplified AND accommodate natural trail differences? How can trail user safety, visibility, and aesthetics all work together to create an effective trail marking system across varying landscapes?
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: How People are Working Across Agreements and Different Systems peer learning session
Presenters: David Smith, Hawaii Forestry and Wildlife Administrator; Tommy Cabe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Forest Resource Specialist; Carrie Gilbert, USDA Forest Service, Wayne National Forest Supervisor
Date and Time: September 24th at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: Speakers will provide examples of how people are tracking and leveraging multiple funding sources; Address the question, “How do we leverage institutional resources across boundaries?”; Provide examples of challenges and successes in establishing close working relationships across organizations; Discuss how to navigate statutory requirements across organizations in Shared Stewardship.
Hosted by the National Forest Foundation.

Title: Indigenous Perspectives on Public Lands and Tribal Preservation – Introductory Event
Presenters: Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
Date and Time: September 26th at 8PM EDT
Overview: In this kick-off event for our virtual teach-in series, we will discuss histories of conservation and the importance of elevating Indigenous perspectives in issues of conservation and public lands use and management and identifying how such management can support Tribal preservation. Following events (which will occur on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM MT) will feature BIPOC panelists).
Hosted by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners.

Title: Managing High-Use Trails: Why Trail Stewards are a Necessity in Creating Safe, Sustainable Trails
Presenters: Hank Osborn, Director of Programs, New York – New Jersey Trail Conference
Date and Time: October 1st at 1PM EDT
Overview: Learn how trail steward and trailbuilding programs have worked to make the public better informed, more responsible trails users while protecting the resource.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Reconnecting Children with Nature: Our Responsibility and Our Opportunity
Presenters: Jack Voelker
Date and Time: October 8th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Learn about successful strategies from recreation and parks professionals that address the disconnect from nature through facility and land use planning, program development, and community education and partnerships.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Using Volunteers to Maintain Trails in Parks
Presenters: Jane Daniels, Yorktown Trail Supervisor, New York – New Jersey Trail Conference
Date and Time: October 15th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Learn the ins and out of developing a program by establishing trust and delegating to a volunteer leader so an employee can manage the project.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Collecting and Applying Trail Count Data
Presenters: See below
Date and Time: October 20th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Wilderness has quickly become part of digital media—through the voices of both wilderness organizations and individual wilderness users. The narratives crafted by organizations and individuals about wilderness issues and experiences have great power to influence public opinion as well as wilderness stewardship. However, technologies, like cells phones, that are increasingly used to craft these wilderness narratives also affect the wilderness experience itself. During this webinar, four communications and technology professionals discuss different aspects of digital media and wilderness. Lisa Ronald (Wilderness Connect, University of Montana) and Mikensi Romersa (freelance videographer) discuss social media and videography examples that illustrate ethical challenges and best practices for crafting positive wilderness digital storytelling. Kate Sutcliffe (Regional Collaboration Coordinator, Mount Grace Land Trust) illustrates how examining individual wilderness user social media narratives can inform wilderness management. Jeff Rose (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program, Utah State University) discusses how technology changes the wilderness experience when one enters into the experience with the intent of sharing it digitally.

Hosted by National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Collecting and Applying Trail Count Data
Presenters: Matt Ainsley, Market Strategist, Eco-Counter, Inc.
Date and Time: October 22nd at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Learn from industry experts, advocates, and practitioners about how to collect and apply trail count data, and how to leverage that data in order to achieve meaningful, tangible changes in your community.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: 10-Year Trail Challenge Kick-off webinar
Presenter: U.S. Forest Service
Intended Audience: National, regional and local partners together with Forest Service Regional Recreation Directors, Regional Trail Program Managers, and National Trail Advisory Group (TAG)
Date and Time: POSTPONED (STAY TUNED)
Overview: This webinar will celebrate launch of the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge; provide an overview of the Challenge and the first phase of the Challenge; and enlist the leadership, active participation, and support of partners and employees in making the challenge an impactful and lasting success on local forests and districts and with communities nationwide.
Hosted by the U.S. Forest Service.
The webinar will be recorded, subsequently posted on the Trail Challenge webpage, and available for future reference.
Call-in Number: 888-844-9904 (Access Code: 679 27 76#)
Adobe Connect Link: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/trails-strategy/


Are you interested in being a Partnership for the National Trails System presenter or do you have a topic to suggest? Send us an e-mail at admin@pnts.org.

Title: Making Connections: The National Digital Trails Network Project
Presenters: Elizabeth McCartney, Project Manager, U.S. Geological Survey; Tatyana DiMascio, Technical Lead, U.S. Geological Survey
Date and Time: September 17th at 1PM EDT
Overview: The US Geological Survey and DOI are advancing the vision to provide better access to public lands and improve connectivity on the nation’s public trail systems with the National Digital Trails Network (NDT) project. Join us for an overview of the project and a demonstration of the Trail Routing, Analysis, and Information Linkage System (TRAILS) tool.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Upswell Pop-Up #6
Date and Time: September 15th at 1-4PM EDT
Overview: Upswell Pop-Up #6 – which will lead right into October’s Upswell 2020 summit – will consider the rapidly shifting power dynamics in civil society, including the recalculated value of infrastructure organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to hear influential keynote speakers and join intimate conversations about anti-racism efforts, COVID-19 recovery, and the broader landscape for changemakers committed to repairing our society.
Hosted by the Independent Sector.

Title: Public Land Stewardship and Climate Change – A Discussion
Presenters: See below.
Date and Time: September 15th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Ecological change is happening before our eyes, brought on by climate change. Regardless of the cause, the changes in the natural world are evident and swiftly reshaping environments. This is felt keenly on public lands. Our panelists will discuss ways that stewardship groups can involve themselves in the monitoring and preparation for climate change adjustments in your local areas. This session will help set a framework for climate change understanding leading into the National Wilderness Workshop in October. Rachel Green, Climate Education & Stewardship Program Manager with Great Old Broads for Wilderness, will discuss Broads’ new grant-funded program that empowers volunteers to educate their communities about the intersecting issues of climate change and public lands management through hands-on learning, online engagements, and inspiring stewardship opportunities that center nature-based climate solutions.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: DEI Building Blocks: Powering DEI Through Mentoring
Presenters: Lisa Z. Fain, Center for Mentoring Excellence; Marlene M. Gordon, Del Monte Fresh Produce Company; Dr. Monica C. Higgins, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Dr. Brad Johnson, John Hopkins University; Emily Newman, Camber Outdoors; Liz Wilson, Outdoor Research; Dr. Lois J. Zachary, Center for Mentoring Excellence;Chio Zubiria, Bacardi
Date and Time: September 11th at 1:30PM EDT
Overview: Participants will gain insights into mentoring fundamentals and emerging trends, sponsorship, and women & mentoring:  How can organizations set up inclusive and equitable mentorship programs or practices that lead to growth; Why women (and women of color) receive less effective mentoring and sponsoring–especially from senior men—in organizations; What does world-class sponsorship look like and what are some of the key elements to DEI driven sponsoring that we can implement today; New and different approaches to mentoring beyond the traditional dyad, one-on-one mentoring (eg themed mentoring, group mentoring, constellations mentoring, reverse mentoring).
Hosted by the Camber Outdoors.

Title: Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) Monitoring peer learning session 
Presenters: Tom DeMeo, Regional Ecologist, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service; Jessica Robertson, Integrated Restoration Coordinator, USDA Forest Service; CFLRP project practitioners
Date and Time: September 10th at 2:30-4PM EDT
Overview: During this session, USDA Forest Service and collaborative members will explore lessons learned in the first 10 years of CFLRP monitoring – what worked well and what challenges we continue to encounter in the multi-party monitoring of ecological, social, and economic effects. Given those lessons, we will then discuss where we go from here.
Hosted by the National Forest Foundation.

Title: Effective Wayfinding Signage: Trail System Planning, Design, and Implementation
Presenters: Justin Azevedo, Director of Landscape Architecture & Planning, Coffman Studio; Travis Menne, Community Projects Manager, City of Redding Community Services; Michael Reed, FSEGD, Founding Partner Emeritus, Mayer/Reed; Kathy Fry, SEGD, Principal, Mayer/Reed
Date and Time: September 10th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Hear from three different organizations how to prepare effective, user-friendly, and time-dynamic wayfinding signage guidelines..
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Effective Wayfinding Signage: Trail System Planning, Design, and Implementation
Presenters: Justin Azevedo, Director of Landscape Architecture & Planning, Coffman Studio; Travis Menne, Community Projects Manager, City of Redding Community Services; Michael Reed, FSEGD, Founding Partner Emeritus, Mayer/Reed; Kathy Fry, SEGD, Principal, Mayer/Reed
Date and Time: September 10th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Hear from three different organizations how to prepare effective, user-friendly, and time-dynamic wayfinding signage guidelines..
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Quantifying the Healthcare Cost Savings of Outdoor Recreation
Presenters: Dr. Randy Rosenberger, who oversaw development of the tool; Leslie Meehan, Director of the Tennessee Department of Health; and Senator Brenda Gilmore of the Tennessee State Senate
Date and Time: September 8th at 12PM EDT
Overview: The Oregon Outdoor Recreation Health Estimator Tool was used by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to determine that outdoor recreation saves Oregonians $1.4B in health care cost savings each year. The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee State Parks are currently working to adapt the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Health Impacts Estimator Tool to their state. Learn how such a tool could be used to quantify the health care cost savings of outdoor recreation at the state and county level; its applicability to other states for use as part of their Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which each state must produce in order to secure Land and Water Conservation Fund funding; and its benefits to elected officials, school districts, land and recreation managers and health care providers to secure additional funding for investments in green infrastructure, nature-rich programming and access to nature around the country.
Hosted by SHIFT as part of the Health and Nature Webinar Series.

Title: Successful Partnerships of the Last Decade
Presenters: Hollyn Walters, National Partnership Coordinator, National Partnership Office, USDA Forest Service; James Melonas, Acting Deputy Regional Forester, Southwestern Region, USDA Forest Service; Emily Olsen, Colorado Program Manager, National Forest Foundation; MaeLee Hafer, Stewardship/GNA/CFLRP Coordinator, Southern Region-Forest Management, USDA Forest Service
Date and Time: September 3rd at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: Hear from the National Partnership Office on their efforts to aid partnerships across the country; Learn from three examples of successful partnerships related to timber management, fire, and recreation; Have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.
Hosted by the National Forest Foundation.

Title: Tribal Tourism and Park Conservation
Presenter: American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Date and Time: September 2nd at 3PM EDT
Hosted by the National Park Service as part of the Connected Conservation webinar series.

Title: Making Strategic Decisions in the Context of COVID-19
Audience:
This event is open for staff at Independent Sector Member organizations only.
Date and Time: August 31st at 2-3:15PM EDT
Overview: Your organization’s immediate COVID-19 emergency plan is in place. Now what? No one knows how the future will unfold, and it’s easy to feel either paralyzed or swamped by having to make organization-defining choices during a time of such hyper-uncertainty. While it’s common to create best- or worst-case financial forecasts, it’s hard to think about the future in the midst of COVID-19 in a structured way and prepare to create impact across a range of different, plausible futures that might emerge. That’s where scenario planning comes in. IS members are invited to join an exclusive scenario planning workshop with the gurus from the Monitor Institute by Deloitte. The workshop will provide you with a clear understanding of powerful tools that can help your organization think about the critical uncertainties of the moment, reckon with the new “certainties” emerging from the pandemic, and think about how your strategies might (or might not) fit the different possible futures.
Hosted by the Independent Sector.

Title: North Country Stories: Creative Space
Presenters: NCTA’s Executive Director Andrea Ketchmark
Date and Time: August 27th at 7PM EDT
Overview: Join NCTA’s Executive Director, Andrea Ketchmark, for this first in a series of conversations with outdoor leaders across the trails community and in our own backyard. In our first conversation, Andrea will connect with Alice Jasper, the host of Color Out Here, a show focused on reframing what outdoorsy looks like by creating a more inclusive outdoor space.
Hosted by the North Country Trail Association.

Title: “Building Strategic Alignment for Shared Stewardship using State Forest Action Plans” peer learning session
Presenters: Ian MacFarlane, Executive Director, Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Association; Tom Boggus, Texas State Forester; Jenny Sanders, Coordinator of the Texas Longleaf Taskforce; Laura McCarthy, New Mexico State Forester; Daniel Denipah, Santa Clara Pueblo Forestry Department Director; Tim Garcia, Director of State and Private Forestry for the Northern Region of the USDA Forest Service
Date and Time: August 27th at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: During this session, speakers will respond to the questions: What are state Forest Action Plans and why are they important to Shared Stewardship? How do Forest Action Plans support cross-boundary work? What is the role of partners in Shared Stewardship and Forest Action Plans? How do state Forest Action Plans relate to tribal forest management plans, resource management plans, watershed plans, and forest plans? What processes are being used to identify shared priorities with partners?
Hosted by the National Forest Foundation.

Title: Anti-Racism in our National Parks: A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Independent scholar Dr. Carolyn Finney; Dr. Nina Roberts, Professor of recreation and tourism at San Francisco State University; Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson; former National Park Director Robert Stanton; and Angelou Ezeilo, co-founder of the Greening Youth Foundation.
Date and Time: August 25th at 8PM EDT
Overview: This online forum will put into context the current circumstances of our modern times in which Black Americans are statistically the least likely of all racial or ethnic groups to visit our national parks. We will discuss a few of the root causes of this disparity in visitation as well as likely solutions meant to correct it. Our goal in this exciting conversation will be to offer a broad ranging view on the prospects of a future National Park System that is racially diverse, equitable and inclusive. Can we get there? Tune in and find out.
Hosted by the Joy Trip Project as part of #BlackInNationalParksWeek.

Title: Next Generation Summit
Presenters: NCTA’s Next Generation Coalition
Date and Time: August 25th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Hear first hand from NCTA’s Next Generation Coalition Members about how they’ve been getting involved in outreach, volunteerism and advocacy along the Trail and how we can work together to engage the next generation of trail stewards.
Hosted by the North Country Trail Association.

Title: Talent Attraction and Diverse Recruitment Practices in Nonprofits
Presenters: Emily Holthaus, Managing Director, DEI; Myra Briggs, Practice Leader, Executive Search; Sophia LaFontant, Recruitment Business Partner; Antonio Cortes, PhD, Senior Consultant, DEI.
Date and Time: August 25th at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: The 2020 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey revealed that 45% of respondents are prioritizing “attracting and hiring diverse talent” this year, across all demographics including race. But what will social-impact organizations need to look like to the “woke” jobseeker? And, will nonprofits be able to reflect the cultures of diversity, equity and inclusion that candidates are seeking when evaluating where to lend their time and talents? Hear: What other organizations are doing to attract and hire high-performers of diverse backgrounds; How you “show up” as a welcoming and inclusive employer; How to identify and address racial bias in your screening, interviewing, hiring and onboarding practices; How to effectively communicate your organization’s DEI culture throughout the hiring process.
Hosted by Nonprofit HR.

Title: The Mental Health Benefits of Outdoor Recreation
Presenters: See below.
Date and Time: August 25th at 12PM EDT
Overview: The mental health benefits of time outside have never been more important than in the midst of the pandemic. This episode explores the mental health benefits of time outside from the perspectives of Dr. Kristen Walter, a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center who is studying the merits of surfing and hiking for mental health; Alyssa Solis, a Science Teacher with Los Angeles Unified and a Field Instructor with Outward Bound Adventures; and Elyse Rylander, the founder of OUT There Adventures, an adventure organization committed to fostering positive identity development, individual empowerment, and improved quality of life for queer young people—and their implications for a society that’s experiencing trauma on a collective level.
Hosted by SHIFT as part of the Health and Nature Webinar Series.

Title: Trail Management Webinar: Map Workshop
Presenters: NCTA Staff Matt Rowbotham (GIS Coordinator), and Kenny Wawsczyk (Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator)
Date and Time: August 19th at 4PM EDT
Overview: Learn about the role of the NCTA’s mapping technology in trail management and hiking. The presenters will share the tools they use on a day-to-day basis, including smartphones, tablets and Bluetooth GPS receivers. They will also leave plenty of time for your questions on how to best work with the NCTA’s mapping resources from the perspective of both trail volunteers and hikers.
Hosted by the North Country Trail Association.

Title: Great American Outdoors Act Celebration
Presenters: See below
Date and Time: August 13th at 6:30PM EDT
Overview: A virtual celebration of the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act with special guests Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan, Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, and Congresswoman Deb Haaland. Our special guests will share stories and thoughts on this historic legislation and answer audience questions.
Hosted by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and several other partners.

Title: COVID-19 and Field Work peer learning session
Presenter: National Forest Foundation
Date and Time: August 13th at 2-3PM EDT
Overview: During this virtual conversation, attendees will have the opportunity to: Share mid- and late-season experiences and adaptations from implementing field-based projects during the pandemic; Present challenges they are still struggling with; Discuss COVID-related questions from partner organizations working on National Forest System lands.
Hosted by National Forest Foundation.

Title: Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country (Part 2): Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Presenter: Margo Hill, Director of the Eastern Washington University Tribal Planning Program; Congresswoman Deb Haaland; Laura Harjo, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma; Jessica McDiarmid, Canadian journalist and “Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls” (Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2019) is her first book; Carina Miller, Warm Springs Community Action Team.
Date and Time: August 12th at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: In the United States, Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic. One in three Native women is sexually assaulted during her life, 67% of these attacks are perpetrated by non-Natives, and many of the abductions take place when the victim is walking along a highway.  The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic impacts First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada, as well as Native Americans. Webinar participants will learn how the dark history of colonialization, complex jurisdictional issues, and racialized indifference have created the circumstances in which these crimes are regularly perpetrated and rarely prosecuted.  Panelists will include civil rights advocates, practitioners, and researchers, as well as U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-1), who introduced federal legislation last year to address this “silent crisis,” and author Jessica McDiarmid, who documented numerous personal stories in her book, “Highway of Tears.” Audience members who are unfamiliar with Indigenous culture and governance are encouraged to review the first webinar in the series (Tribal Transportation Planning and Pedestrian Safety, broadcast on June 23rd, 2020) and the recommended reading materials.
Hosted by America Walks.

Title: The Mental Health Benefits of Parks
Presenters: Ralf Buckley is emeritus professor of ecotourism at Griffith University, Australia; Jonathan B. Jarvis is the executive director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Diversity; Brenda Schmidt is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and CEO of Coplex.
Date and Time: August 11th at 5PM EDT
Overview: Visits to national parks around the world may result in improved mental health valued at about $US6 trillion, according to report authored in 2019 by a team of ecologists, psychologists and economists from Griffith University in Australia. This episode features a discussion with Ralf Buckley, who authored the report; Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service (2009-2017); and Brenda Schmidt, the Founder of Solera Health, about how such economic quantifications of park benefits can be used to advocate for parks in particular and nature as a public health intervention strategy in general.
Hosted by SHIFT Health and Nature series.

Title: Stop, Stand Back and Speak (A Smile Helps Too): Maximize Your Positive Interactions with People on Horseback
Presenter: Randy Rasmussen, Back Country Horsemen of America, and Cate Bendock,  Back Country Horsemen of Oregon
Date and Time: August 11th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Most trail users are familiar with the Share the Trail “yield triangle,” which asks that hikers and bikers yield to persons on horseback. The reasons behind such trail etiquette are rooted in animal psychology and behavior. Yet many stewardship volunteers, including hikers, trail runners, backpackers and mountain bicyclists are unfamiliar with the reasons why horses and mules might react adversely when thrust into a surprise encounter. This webinar will provide participants with useful information on ways to minimize trail conflict and how to work comfortably alongside packstock during stewardship projects. The presenters will walk webinar participants through topics such as:

  • The benefits of incorporating users of packstock, which includes horses and mules, into trial work parties and stewardship projects.
  • Horse psychology, including:
    • Horse sense: How a horse interprets its world through sight, sound and smell.
    • Fears and concerns of a prey animal (from the eyes of the horse). 
    • Fight or flight: Why even a well-trained horse might occasionally “bolt.”
    • How to “read” a horse’s state of mind (pro tip: Vulcan mind-meld not required!).
  • Trail and weather characteristics that serve to minimize surprise encounters with pack and saddle stock. 
  • Fears and concerns of the horseback rider. 
  • Best practices to minimize your anxiety or fear, or that of others in your party, when encountering stock on the trail or during joint stewardship projects.
  • Horse poop (aka, manure): Is it something to fear?

The webinar will be interactive, in order to recognize the accumulated experience of webinar participants, with ample time for audience Q&A or story-telling. We implore participants to help us craft an informative webinar, the recording of which can serve as an educational tool for trail users and professionals for years to come.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Upswell Pop-Up #5 – Exploring Anti-Racism and COVID-19 Recovery Strategies
Presenter: Independent Sector
Date and Time: August 11th at 1PM EDT
Overview: We’ll be exploring anti-racism and COVID-19 recovery strategies using new, intimate approaches – creatively engineered, carefully facilitated, and designed to make a difference.
Hosted by the Independent Sector.

Title: The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Sustainable Tourism in the Ohio River Valley
Presenter: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Date and Time: August 6th at 1:30PM EDT
Overview: With the 1,200-mile extension of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in May 2019, a fourth major North American river became an official part of the Trail – the Ohio River, joining the Mississippi, Missouri, and Columbia Rivers. Beginning at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Ohio is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. It ends 981 miles later at Cairo, Illinois when it empties into the Mississippi. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience project is designed to support the public’s use and enjoyment of The Trail without adversely impacting the resources along it. This Geotourism project engages residents, enterprises, communities, and visitors in shared environmental and cultural heritage stewardship. The National Park Service has built a new travel website –https://lewisandclark.travel/ — specifically designed to bring together businesses like yours (attractions, landmarks, and other points of interest) to help promote sustainable tourism. We are working with the Ohio River Recreational Trail to garner as big a following as possible in and around the Ohio River in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The second component of the webinar is to focus on state resources to develop tourism infrastructure of river towns. It will focus on the value of being designated as a trail town by your state. Kentucky’s designated Trail Towns put you near the best outdoor sites in the state, including hundreds of miles of trails, woods and waters but keep you in cities and towns offering hotels, restaurants, attractions, entertainment and other conveniences to round out your stay. To be a certified Kentucky Trail Town, these popular destinations have made a commitment to share their area’s outdoor opportunities, culture, history and stories to visitors hungry for adventure. Since its inception, this program under the state’s Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet has designated 20 communities across Kentucky to serve as official gateways.
Hosted by the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Title: Trail Analytics and Data Storytelling
Presenter: Emily Duchon, Principal, Alta Planning + Design; Deven Young, Principal, Alta Planning + Design; Lauren Cencic, Sr. Director, Countywide Planning & Development, Mobility Corridors, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Mike Sellinger, Associate, Alta Planning + Design
Date and Time: August 6th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: This webinar will share a spectrum of data analysis and scenario planning tools that can be used to help plan and design new or existing trails.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Partnering with Tribes on Conservation
Presenter: Jennifer Talken-Spaulding, Acting NPS American Indian Liaison
Date and Time: August 5th at 3PM EDT
Hosted by the National Park Service as part of the Connected Conservation webinar series.

Title: Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities” – A Conversation with author Andre Perry
Presenter: Andre M. Perry, Author
Date and Time: August 5th at 2-3:30PM EDT
Overview: Join America Walks for a conversation with Andre M. Perry about his book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities. Dr. Perry gives an overview of five Black Majority cities and provides detailed analysis of how the assets and strengths of these places have been devalued. The book is both research and memoir. As we look for ways to address structural racism in community design, knowing and valuing the strengths and assets of black communities is essential. Dr. Perry provides a frame for doing just that. In this conversation, Dr. Perry will outline the multiple assets present in black communities and give direction on how to value them. Following his presentation, he will answer questions from the moderators and the attendees.
Hosted by America Walks.

Title: Equitable and Inclusive Recruitment Practices: Part 2
Presenter: Youth Outside
Date and Time: August 4th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: As we continue to envision a post-COVID environmental education field, we need to ensure racial equity is at the center. Join the Youth Outside team for the second of this two part series recruitment and hiring training that will help those hiring for new staff in the fall center the realities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. During the Hiring training participants will consider critical questions to ask of your organization when hiring talented staff of color; explore how white supremacy organizational culture is embedded in common hiring practices; identify and mitigate the impacts of white supremacy organizational culture when hiring talented staff of color.
Hosted by Youth Outside Community Workshops.

Title: The Future of Landscape Conservation: A Virtual Policy Forum
Presenters: Sally Jewell, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former President/CEO of REI; Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation; Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer of The Nature Conservancy; Tony Wasley, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife; Sacha Spector, Program Director for the Environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Date and Time: July 31st at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Leading policy experts will discuss the state of collaborative landscape conservation in the United States. Conservation has long been a bipartisan issue in this country, and there is increasing agreement that conservation at the larger landscape scale is essential to address not only pressing ecological issues such as water, fire, and climate, but also to simultaneously address community health and vitality, cultural heritage, local farms and forests, and equitable access to clean air, water, and healthy outdoor recreation.
Hosted by the Network for Landscape Conservation

Title: Equitable and Inclusive Recruitment Practices: Part 1
Presenter: Youth Outside
Date and Time: July 21st at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: As we continue to envision a post-COVID environmental education field, we need to ensure racial equity is at the center. Join the Youth Outside team for this two part series (1.5 hour each) recruitment and hiring training that will help those hiring for new staff in the fall center the realities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. During the Recruitment training, participants will identify the implicit biases that can present themselves in educator recruitment materials; explore the role deficit-based language plays in turning away potential applicants; gain a greater understanding of what racial equity-centered outreach looks like, sounds like, and means for those most impacted by systemic racism. Save the date for part two on August 4th.
Hosted by Youth Outside Community Workshops.

Title: The Great American Outdoors Act – What it Means for Stewardship
Presenter: Tyler Ray, American Hiking Society; Brenda Yankoviak, U.S. Forest Service; Paul Sanford, The Wilderness Society
Date and Time: July 14th at 3PM EDT
Overview: The Great American Outdoors Act is moving through Congress; passed by the Senate and waiting for passage in the House. What will this Act mean for Stewardship? How will the funding in this Act apply to stewardship groups. This presentation panel will explain the importance of supporting this Act and the on the ground consequences that could result from its passage.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Fireside Chat 2 with NPF, NPS and Friends Alliance
Presenter: David Vela, Deputy Director of the National Park Service; Deb Yandala, Member of the National Park Friends Alliance Steering Committee and CEO of Cuyahoga Conservancy; Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.
Date and Time: July 9th at 1:30PM EDT (register by 5PM EDT July 7th)
Overview: In this discussion, we will address the pressing questions that we are hearing from you in the field: Now that many parks are being asked to reopen in a responsible way, what have been the barriers to doing this in the safest way possible? What is keeping the Park Service up at night? How can the partner community support NPS in meeting the current and anticipated challenges? With the Great American Outdoors Act looking more likely to become law, talk about the opportunities and challenges NPS will face – and how can partners help this huge investment be a success?
Hosted by National Park Foundation.

Title: Promoting a Cultural Shift Toward Shared Stewardship
Presenters: USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen; Jay Farrell, Executive Director of the National Association of State Foresters; Karen Hardigg, Executive Director of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition; Mary Mitsos, President and CEO of the National Forest Foundation
Date and Time: July 8th at 2-3:30PM EDT
Suggested Audience: Forest Service employees, state foresters and staff, tribes, collaborative group members, and non-governmental organizations interested in the Shared Stewardship of our nation’s forests.
Overview: During this first session in a series of seven regarding Shared Stewardship, leaders in Shared Stewardship will respond to the questions: If you were to look back five years from now, what would you be most proud of in terms of what has been achieved through Shared Stewardship? Where are cultural shifts needed to make those desired outcomes a reality?
Hosted by the National Forest Foundation in partnership with U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.

Title: Engage, Connect, Protect: Conservation, COVID-19 and the New Civil Rights Movement
Presenters: Angelou Ezeilo, Greening Youth Foundation Founder and CEO; Shatiba Bradley, GYF Project Manager; and Mickey Fearn, SHIFT Board Member
Date and Time: July 7th at 12PM EDT
Overview: While concern about the state of our land, air, and water continues to grow, there is widespread belief that environmental issues are primarily of interest to wealthy white communities. The new book “Engage, Connect, Protect,” by Angelou Ezeilo, explodes this myth, revealing the deep and abiding interest that African American, Latino, and Native American communities – many of whom live in degraded and polluted parts of the country – have in our collective environment. With this episode, Ezeilo is joined by  Shatiba A. Bradley and Mickey Fearn in a discussion about how conservation intersects with the damage wrought by centuries of institutional racism and highlighted by COVID-19 and the New Civil Rights Movement.
Hosted by SHIFT.

Title: Hasan Davis Guides A Conversation about York, Equity, Race, and the Lewis and Clark Story
Presenter: Hasan Davis, J.D.
Date and Time: July 2nd at 1PM EDT
Overview: We invite you to join us for a conversation with Mr. Hasan Davis, J.D. as we look at equity and race through the lens of York and the Lewis and Clark story. We’ll discuss the importance of seeking out untold stories and making space for lesser heard voices and perspectives.
Hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Title: Planning for Successful Communities and Landscape Conservation
Presenter: Adam Gillenwater, American Battlefield Trust
Date and Time: July 1st at 3PM EDT
Overview: Successful Communities, a project of Future West, a non-profit in Bozeman, Montana, helps cities and towns in the Northern Rockies understand and prepare for the 21st Century challenges – and opportunities – that they face. Those challenges include sprawl and loss of open space, affordable housing, infrastructure funding, to name a few. The fundamental Successful Communities process is the same: provide the data and analysis (including surveys of resident attitudes) they need to make good decisions, facilitate community visioning and strategy workshops, and help them create an achievable action plan for the future. Dennis Glick and Randy Carpenter of Future West will cover the initiative’s core purpose and process, and present a recent Successful Communities case study from Gardiner, Montana, the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park and a bellwether for the challenges facing many other gateway communities.
Hosted by the National Park Service as part of the Connected Conservation webinar series.

Title: REALITIES: Race Diversity Practices in Nonprofits
Presenter: A DEI Education Series by Nonprofit HR
Date and Time: June 30th at 2PM EDT
Overview: Are you struggling with discussions about how race, racism and racial equity show up in your workplace? If so, you’re not alone. Nonprofit HR recognizes that organizations need time to unpack the many issues stemming from injustices based on race, ethnicity and beyond. We have curated a specific program to help the social sector navigate through this space! Why is this necessary? Nationwide, civil unrest and renewed demands for racial equality have created new opportunities for organizations to thoroughly assess their approach to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Race is already a challenging topic for any workforce to thoroughly dismantle and discuss. Having those discussions as the nation is still recovering from the blows of COVID-19 makes it even more challenging. We will discuss: Nonprofit HR’s latest diversity practices reporting and key findings you should know now; how the recent protests and their impact on organizations are shaping our knowledge practices and sector-reporting; how these data can be used to better galvanize your organization’s readiness to convene necessary conversations on race; critical steps needed to talk about race in the workplace.
Hosted by Nonprofit HR.

Title: Sustainable Advantage: Outdoor Recreation and Rural Community Development in California
Presenter: Chuck Flink, Owner, Greenways Incorporated; Kim Greendahl, Greenway Specialist, City of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Cathy Ruff, Director, Charleston County Greenbelt Program
Date and Time: June 30th at 1PM EDT
Overview: This webinar will summarize the main findings from multiple interviews on the dynamics with state and local stakeholders in government, business, and nonprofit who work in rural communities on outdoor recreation.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: The Greenway Imperative: A Call to Action
Presenters: Aaron Wilcher, Independent Researcher; Fran Doherty, Independent Researcher
Date and Time: June 25th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: The impact of COVID-19 has heightened the role that greenways and conserved greenspace play in providing critically important outdoor space for human activity, while at the same time promoting public health, safety, and well-being.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Tribal Transportation Planning and Pedestrian Safety
Presenters: America Walks and partners from the tribal community planning world
Date and Time: June 23rd at 3-4:15PM EDT
Overview: This webinar will ask why pedestrian fatalities are so prevalent in tribal communities. American Indians and Alaska Natives are much more likely to be killed while walking than any other racial or ethnic group with a recorded pedestrian death rate almost five times the national average. And these shocking statistics probably understate the true disparity because of a fragmented reporting system. Webinar panelists representing government agencies, research organizations, and the communities of Pueblo of Laguna and Yakama Nation will provide an overview of the pedestrian fatality/injury data and explore potential solutions to this problem. Participants will learn how cultural heritage, communication challenges, and jurisdictional issues involving tribal, state, and federal governments have contributed to pedestrian fatalities, and presenters will discuss case studies in which collaboration, a unified advocacy voice, and safety campaigns are starting to improve outcomes. This webinar will also provide important background information for the second webinar in the Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country series on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which is scheduled for August.
Hosted by America Walks.

Title: COVID-19 and Field Work Learning Session
Presenters: Kevin Shuck, Director of Operations, Wildland Restoration Volunteers; George Grygar, Program Operations Director, American Conservation Experience; Meryl Harrell, Executive Director, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Date and Time: June 18th at 3-4:30PM EDT
Overview: Hear and share experiences and adaptations from the first few weeks working on field-based projects during the pandemic. Discuss COVID-related questions from partner organizations working on National Forest System lands.
Suggested audience: Nonprofit organizations and other partners performing field work on National Forest System lands during the summer of 2020.
Hosted by the National Forest Foundation.

Title: Women-Led Stewardship and Conservation — a Panel Discussion
Presenter: Shelley Silbert, Executive Director, Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Date and Time: June 16th at 3PM EDT
Overview: From Marjory Stoneman Douglas to Mardie Murie to Winona LaDuke and more, women have long led the fight for land protection, conservation, and stewardship. Yet women’s contributions have often gone unrecognized, and too few have held leadership positions in national, regional, or local organizations. Join Shelley Silbert, Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, for a panel to explore why women are so critical to public lands protection, and how women’s leadership is critical to protection of our last wild places.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Gatehouses and Greenways: Interactive Community Engagement for Trails
Presenters: Mikey Goralnik, AICP, PLA, Community Design and Development Planner, Mariposa County Planning Department; Andrew Dawson, PLA, ASLA, Associate, WRT, LLC
Date and Time: June 11th at 1PM EDT
Overview: This webinar will provide attendees with ideas and solutions for getting projects implemented through creative coalitions and engagement activities.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: DEI: How to be a vehicle for change
Presenters: Kristin Carpenter, founder and CEO of Verde Brand Communications, and Emily Newman, Executive Director of Camber Outdoors, and Renita Smith, Chief Programs Officer. 
Date and Time: June 10th at 3PM EDT
Overview:  With recent news headlines dominated by protests and violence around the country, this Facebook Live discussion is about what a business can do to be a vehicle for change during this time of challenge and complexity.
Hosted by Verde Brand Communications and Camber Outdoors.

Title: 20 Ways to Engage and Empower Kids on Trails
Presenters: Windy Gordon, Educator and Author of 50 Hikes with Kids
Date and Time: June 3rd at 3PM EDT
Overview:  With the pandemic, neighborhood walks, backyard time, and any moment outdoors is extra special with kids. As the trails cautiously open around the US, Wendy’s got tried-and-true strategies, games, scavenger hunts, and tech apps that help keep engagement at an all time high while you explore! Come prepared to share in the chat and meet fellow adventurous, trail-loving families.
Hosted by American Hiking Society.

Title: Hiking and Playing Outside in the Time of COVID-19
Presenters: Kate Van Waes, AHS Executive Director
Date and Time: June 2nd at 3PM EDT
Overview:  American Hiking Society has seen how getting outside near our homes helps manage mental and physical health under COVID-19 quarantine, but there are a lot of questions about how to get outside safely and responsibly. AHS will provide a few guidelines and have a live Q&A to help answer your questions.
Hosted by American Hiking Society.

Title: Ratcheting Up Rural Response, Recovery and Resilience: Five Good Ideas for Philanthropy Right Now
Presenters: Funders – national, regional, state and local – and rural practitioners
Date and Time: June 2nd at 2-3PM (3-4PM optional) EDT
Overview: Across the country, rural communities and regions grappling with the immediate consequences of COVID-19 are already thinking about long-term ramifications. Many rural hub organizations – community action agencies, community development financial institutions, community foundations, tribal and local governments, schools and colleges, social enterprises, and a wide range of nonprofits – are taking swift action, working creatively and collaboratively to provide immediate relief. But they could use help – both to respond and to improve prospects for recovery. Since they are the experts in what they need, we asked seasoned rural action leaders what they think could help the most – especially ideas that might not be front and center on funders’ radar screens.
Hosted by Aspen Institute.

Title: Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Revitalize Rural Economies
Presenters: Stephanie Bertaina, Senior Public Analyst, U.S. EPA Office of Community Revitalization; Garrett Villanueva, USDA Forest Service; Elyse Peters, Assistant Vice President for Community Impact, United Way of Central Alabama
Date and Time: June 2nd at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Together rural communities, land managers, agencies, and counties are creating a vision to leverage the power of outdoor recreation to strengthen main street revitalization, contributing to stewardship of public lands and creating new opportunities for prosperity.
Hosted by American Trails.

Title: Nature, Health and the Future of Environmental Leadership
Presenters: Florence Williams, author of “The Nature Fix,” and Ciarra Green, Juan Lazo Bautista, and Jessi Johnson, alumni of SHIFT’s Emerging Leaders Program
Date and Time: May 26th at 12PM EDT
Overview: In her book, “The Nature Fix,” Florence Williams explains why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative. But can it make us better stewards as well? Learn about the ways the next generation of environmental leaders are working toward both public and planetary health.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Connecting the Appalachian Trail, Conservation Landscapes, and Communities
Presenter: Julie Judkins, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Katie Hess, Pennsylvania’s South Mountain Partnership
Date and Time: May 20th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Join Julie Judkins, with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Katie Hess, with Pennsylvania’s South Mountain Partnership, to see how they are engaging with communities to support the Appalachian Trail and broader landscape conservation.
Hosted by the Network for Landscape Conservation as part of the NPS Connected Conservation (C2) Webinar Series.

Title: Shifting Your Events Online During COVID-19
Presenter: Taina Sanon, Membership Director, Nonprofit New York; Alexa Salame, Learning and Resources Manager, Nonprofit New York; Chris Bunting, Curriculum Design Manager, Candid
Date and Time: May 20th at 2PM EDT
Overview: Join Nonprofit New York and Candid to learn how in a short amount of time they have shifted their in-person events to an online format during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In this webinar, the panelists will share how they determined the purpose of events, evaluated different scenarios, selected an online platform, leveraged their talents, and delivered successful events. The panelists will have an honest conversation on how they managed these programmatic changes and what lessons they learned throughout the process.
Hosted by Nonprofit New York and Candid.

Title: The Great American Outdoors Act: Vital to recovery and our future
Presenter: Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), coauthor of the Great American Outdoors Act, Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, and Trust for Public Land National Board Member Lucas St. Clair
Date and Time: May 14th at 5PM EDT
Overview: Right now, we’re on the brink of a defining legislative victory: securing full and dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This has been a generation in the making and could transform the outlook for outdoor equality across the country. We’ll discuss the urgency of this moment, how to advocate for parks and public lands in your community, and what to watch for in the weeks to come as the nation weathers the pandemic and begins to invest in recovery.
Hosted by the Trust for Public Land.

Title: Conservation & Recreation Advocacy From Home
Presenter: OIA and partners
Date and Time: May 14th at 1PM EDT
Overview: Join us for a collaborative campfire conversation with Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, The Conservation Alliance and Outdoor Alliance while they discuss supporting efforts of policy initiatives through in-person and virtual advocacy amid the pandemic safer-at-home orders.
Hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association as part of the Campfire Conversations series (which includes this recording of How to Swiftly and Safely Re-Open Parks and Trails).

Title: Common Ground: Shared Goals for the Trails and Health Communities
Presenters: Eva Garcia, Project Manager, Caracara Trails, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), Dr. Morgan Green, Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, John Henderson, Executive Director, Park Rx America, Mike Quinn, Sr., Retired Nurse Anesthesiologist, Mayo Clinic, Mikaela Randolph, Children and Nature Network, Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails
Date and Time: May 14th at 1PM-2:30PM EDT
Overview: Trails are shown to improve health both mentally and physically, yet the healthcare industry and the trails industry rarely work together. There are many reasons for this, such as logistics, bureaucracy, and communication issues. We asked some leading experts how we can begin bridging these gaps.
Hosted by American Trails as part of the Advancing Trails Webinar Series.

Title: Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices
Presenters: Allison Arieff, SPUR; James F. Sallis, Ph.D.; Don Kostelec, AICP
Date and Time: May 13th at 1PM EDT
Overview: As America responds to the coronavirus pandemic, how do physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, and a slower economy impact walking and walkability? This webinar will discuss why it’s especially important to stay active right now, how new policies and practices can help you do so safely, and what the national walking movement might learn from the crisis. This webinar is intended for those who are familiar with topics and issues related to walking and walkability. Attendees of this webinar will: Learn the importance of staying active during these times; Hear examples of how people are sharing streets to stay safe and keep physical distance while walking in the time of coronavirus; Hear from professionals who are advocating for policy and practice changes during this time and how it can lead to permanent change in our communities.
Hosted by America Walks.

Title: Citizen Science — Innovative Approaches to Engagement, Data Collection, and Management Support
Presenter: Mark Eller, Lisa Gerloff, Michelle Toshack
Date and Time: May 12th at 3PM EDT
Overview: In the face of agency reductions, and the parallel growth of a wide-ranging base of engaged and knowledgeable volunteers in our wild areas, “Citizen Science” has become a key approach to gathering solid data and sustaining the science which supports wilderness management. Michelle Toshack, Senior Manager for Volunteer Experience at Adventure Scientists, will discuss how outdoor adventurers can help scientists make conservation impacts, by volunteering to collect high-quality data in hard-to-reach places. Lisa Gerloff, Program Director for Citizen Science at the University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute, will present on how engaging community volunteers assists in assessing on-the-ground conditions and monitoring wilderness character in Wilderness Study Areas in Montana managed by the BLM. Mark Eller, Director of Foundations and New Business for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, will present the Center’s approach to designing a citizen science program that focuses on community monitoring of recreation-based impacts.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Create Stronger Online Relationships During COVID-19
Presenters: Matt Tanzer, Cornershop Creative
Date and Time: May 1st at 2PM EDT
Overview: As we adapt to working in an ever more virtual world, nonprofits are finding incredible ways to engage and connect with their supporters online. Join Cornershop Project Manager, Matt Tanzer, and examine new examples of online fundraising and outreach including digital care packages, holiday-centered eCard fundraising, and digital advocacy efforts.
Hosted by Salsa.

Title: This Week in Washington
Presenters: Allison Grayson, Independent Sector Director, Policy Development and Analysis; and Ben Kershaw, Independent Sector Director, Public Policy and Government Relations.
Date and Time: April 30th at 2PM-2:30PM EDT
Overview: With each passing day, the United States’ COVID-19 response presents new challenges and complications. As we look to our leaders in Congress and the White House to help stabilize our communities, it’s critical that nonprofits are keeping up with the latest developments — and preparing for what might come next. Join us for an interactive conversation about breaking developments in federal policy, with a focused lens on the ones that you need to understand to help your organization keep moving in this unprecedented moment in history.
Hosted by the Independent Sector.

Title: How Mobile Work Crews Enhance Trail Maintenance
Presenters: Bill Hasenjaeger, Owner,  Trail Boss; Ben Ellenberger, Board Member, Sage Trail Alliance; Dave McGill, Advocacy Director, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE); Todd Bauer, Trail Liaison, MORE; Frank Comer, Member, MORE; Art Alcantara, Founder and Former President, Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists (TORCA), and Co-Owner, Home Grown Tours LLC.
Date and Time: April 30th at 1PM-2:30PM EDT
Overview: This presentation describes how mobile maintenance “strike teams” utilizing packable hand tools can enhance single-track trail maintenance. It discusses user examples showing how mobile teams improve the quality of trails and trail maintenance. The session will highlight stories and examples from different trail organizations around the country, illustrating their use of mobile maintenance teams doing continuous trail maintenance.
Hosted by American Trails as part of the Advancing Trails Webinar Series.

Title: Mapping the Customer Experience
Presenters: Chuck Lennox, Lennox Insites
Date and Time: April 29th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Based on the popularity of his convention session “Mapping the Visitor Experience,” we’re joining forces once again with Chuck Lennox of Lennox Insites to pivot a bit toward the mapping of the customer experience. We’ll explore the Experience Economy, why it matters and its current use in the retail and virtual world. Then, we’ll delve into mapping for customers — what it is and the value it brings, who’s involved and how to get started. PLA fully recognizes the gravity of our current environment, but we’re keeping our eyes on hope by offering content that will benefit our members and the public lands community when it’s time to move forward.
Hosted by Public Lands Alliance.

Title: Looking Forward: Arizona Trails in the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Crisis
Presenters: Kent Taylor of Pinal County Open Space & Trails and the Summit for AZ Trails Team
Date and Time: April 29th at 3PM EDT
Overview: COVID-19 recovery planning; keeping new users engaged in the long term; the “New Normal” and the future of management strategies developed for the crisis; how can we continue to engage volunteers, and leverage future opportunities?; exploring the trails/outdoor recreation related economic development opportunities presented by COVID-19 relief.
Hosted by Summit for AZ Trails.

Title: Volunteerism During COVID-19
Presenters: Marie LeBlanc, Independent Sector Director, Design; Laura Plato, VolunteerMatch VP Business Development and Marketing
Date and Time: April 29th at 2PM EDT
Overview: You’re invited to join Independent Sector and Volunteer Match for a dynamic conversation about the critical needs and long-term opportunities to sustain volunteerism in your community in this unusual time. We’ll share information about policies and processes to safely engage volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ll explore the longer-term implications for leveraging skilled volunteers to build nonprofit capacity and resilience.
Hosted by Independent Sector and VolunteerMatch.

Title: Virtual Camber Exchange: Inclusive Leadership Through COVID-19 and Beyond
Facilitators: Alyssa Macy, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters; José González, Latino Outdoors; Ashley Miller, evo.
Date and Time: April 28th at 7-8:30PM EDT
Overview: This virtual event will bring together a community of people who support workplace inclusion, equity, and diversity. Join Camber Outdoors and host companies for a few hours of captivating conversations and networking with peers. Spark ideas, meet new friends, and leave inspired!
Hosted by Camber Outdoors.

Title: VISTA Capacity-Building for Park Partners
Presenter: Caroline Smith, Program Director of Stewards Individual Placement Program at Conservation Legacy; and VISTAs from Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and Rock Creek Conservancy
Date and Time: April 28th at 2:30PM EDT
Overview: The National Park Foundation partners with Stewards to support park partners in building their organizational capacity by placing AmeriCorps VISTAs for one year through Strong Parks, Strong Communities. Join this webinar to learn about this on-going opportunity for park partners and hear directly from partner organizations,and their VISTAs about their experience.
Hosted by the National Park Foundation and Conservation Legacy’s Stewards Individual Placement Program.

Title: Small Business Support to Boost Economic Recovery
Presenter: Burl Kelton, U.S. SBA and Frances Padilla, Colorado SBA District Director
Date and Time: April 28th at 1PM EDT
Overview: If you are a small business owner, you know that the last few weeks (just barely a month!) have been anxious, frustrating and hopeful. Congress has charged the U. S. Small Business Administration with the huge task of funneling sustaining funds of billions of dollars to small businesses and employees alike, in an effort to sustain them in a difficult and nearly impossible situation. Using the traditional SBA and bank partnership and the Disaster Assistance Office, the agency revamped programs in just days, and the billions of dollars of funding could move directly into the economy in a historical effort unmatched in the more than 50 years of the agency. Join Burl Kelton from the U.S. SBA and Colorado SBA District Director Frances Padilla to learn how the agency is supporting small business.
Hosted by Outdoor Industry Association.

Title: Grief, Trauma & Depression During a Crisis: How it Shows Up, How to Manage it
Presenter: Lisa Brown Alexander, Nonprofit HR; Lisa Dinhofer, Koden Consulting Services, LLC; Christine Allen, Ph.D.
Date and Time: April 27th at 12-1:15PM EDT
Overview: The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our reality. Some among your workforce may be finding healthy ways to cope with concerns about their health, safety and jobs, while others may be experiencing grief, either due to the loss of a friend, loved one, co-worker, or death toll stories they are reading about. As employee grief continues to manifest itself in the workplace, leaders and HR professionals are faced with how to manage this among their staff. Register now for this panel discussion to better understand signs of grief, trauma and depression among your workforce during a crisis and how they can impact the achievement of your nonprofit’s mission.  Gain insight into how you as an HR or organizational leader can help your employees cope during this difficult time.  Learn how to better manage related performance issues, recommend helpful resources, and help build resiliency in your staff.  Increasing understanding of these issues and developing a strategy to address them as we prepare for our “new normal” are an important part of your talent management strategy in these unprecedented times.
Hosted by Nonprofit HR.

Title: Fireside Chat with NPF, NPS and Friends Alliance
Presenter: David Vela, Deputy Director of the National Park Service; David MacDonald, President of the National Park Friends Alliance Steering Committee and CEO of Friends of Acadia; Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.
Date and Time: April 23rd at 3PM EDT
Overview: David Vela will open with an update from the National Park Service, including some of the challenges and opportunities posed during the COVID-19 pandemic. David MacDonald will share some perspectives from the Friends community. We will also discuss what it means to take on a leadership position role during these unprecedented times. Lastly, we hope to end with answering some of your questions that can be submitted through the below registration link ahead of time, and there may be an opportunity to ask additional questions during the chat as well.
Hosted by National Park Foundation.

Title: Policy Update on COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Presenter: Allison Grayson, Independent Sector Director, Policy Development and Analysis; Ben Kershaw, Independent Sector Director, Public Policy and Government Relations
Date and Time: April 23rd at 2PM EDT
Overview: In Washington, the COVID-19 crisis response is constantly evolving. What we know today is sure to be different from what we’ll know tomorrow. Join us for an interactive conversation about the breaking developments in federal policy — with a special focus on the ones that you need to understand to help your organization keep moving.
Hosted by Independent Sector.

Title: Tech on the Trail: Engaging Kids on Hiking Trails using Technology
Moderator: Wendy Gorton, Author, 50 Hikes with Kids Series
Date and Time: April 23rd at 1PM EDT
Overview: This webinar will help empower kids, and their parents and educators alike, to lead the way through engaging strategies when on the trail. 
Hosted by American Trails as part of the Advancing Trails Webinar Series.

Title: How to Center Race Equity in Your Organization’s COVID-19 Response
Presenter: Kerrien Suarez, Equity in the Center Executive Director; Habib Bako, Independent Sector Director, Community Building
Date and Time: April 21st at 2PM EDT
Overview: As the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll across the United States, vulnerable populations (including low-income communities, communities of color, the elderly, and the disabled) are being disproportionately affected. Now, we find ourselves at a unique moment where our response efforts can rapidly accelerate equitable outcomes. Join a virtual Q&A about how you can apply a race equity lens to your organization’s COVID-19 response.
Hosted by Independent Sector and Equity in the Center.

Title: Understanding Nonprofit Funding Through COVID-19 and Beyond
Presenter: Camber Outdoors
Date and Time: April 21st at 2PM EDT
Overview: In this webinar, we’ll put the spotlight on support for nonprofits by developing an understanding of funding and how to best manage relationships with funders during these challenging economic times.This webinar will help nonprofits develop an understanding of: a) Funders’ continuing commitment to fund organizations; b) How the funding planning cycle works; c) How to best manage relationships with your funders during this challenging time.
Hosted by Camber Outdoors.

Title: COVID-19, Stress and Nature: Managing Clinician Burnout During (and After) the Pandemic
Presenters: General Surgeon Dr. Brooke Buckley, Ob-Gyn Dr. Rose Gowen, and Michael Tutty, PhD, MHA, Group Vice President of Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability at the American Medical Association
Date and Time: April 21st at 12PM EDT
Overview: COVID-19 has exacerbated a distressing fact: Nearly half of practicing physicians suffer from burnout, which impacts productivity, morale and quality of care. Join these doctors as they discuss the ways the pandemic has increased the pressures on clinicians—and the ways nature can be used to alleviate stressors and increase resiliency in our front-line defenders in the battle against the coronavirus.
Hosted by SHIFT Health & Nature Webinar Series.

Title: Managing Arizona Trails In COVID-19 Restriction
Presenters: Kent Taylor, Pinal County (local government); Micah Grondin, Tonto National Forest (federal lands); Evan Pilling, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (trail users); Wendy Lotze, Arizona Trail Association (volunteerism); Josh Coddington, Arizona Office of Tourism (statewide website)
Date and Time: April 20th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Brief presentations from a panel of representatives from federal, state, local and nonprofit groups will look at impacts trails are feeling as social distancing restrictions drive outside people to enjoy their public lands. Shared discussion through chats and break-out rooms will examine: What network members are encountering – the good and the bad; Where are opportunities for collaboration that might help ease pressures; How the network can help address immediate and long term needs.
Hosted by Summit for AZ Trails.

Title: Virtualizing Your Recruitment and Onboarding Experience
Presenters: Heather de la Riva, Director, Virtual Outsourcing Nonprofit HR; Danisha Martin, Executive Search Consultant Nonprofit HR
Date and Time: April 20th at 12-1:15PM EDT
Overview: Organizations are making unprecedented decisions based on the “new now”. If your organization is seeking answers to continue growing your workforce and to ensure your people are supported and driving toward mission-critical outcomes, you’re in good company. On the next Town Hall, we will share talent acquisition and talent management tips and techniques to use during and after the pandemic: Optimize your employer brand; ensure success in a virtual recruiting environment; leverage best practices for virtual onboarding.
Hosted by Nonprofit HR.

Title: Policy Town Hall on COVID-19 Response
Presenter: Renee Bender, Senate Small Business Committee Senior Professional Staff; Wes Coulam, Washington Council Ernst & Young LLP Managing Director; and Ben Kershaw, Independent Sector Director, Public Policy and Government Relations
Date and Time: April 16th at 2PM EDT
Overview: Nonprofit organizations and the people they serve are scrambling to keep up with implementation of the CARES Act, while policymakers in Congress are formulating their wish lists for further legislation. Hear the latest developments from Capitol Hill and how your organization can get involved.
Hosted by the Independent Sector. 

Title: Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices from Backcountry to Urban Edge Settings
Presenter: Matthew Woodson, Okanogan Trail Construction; Justin Azevedo, Coffman Studio; Holley Groshek, Equine Land Conservation Resource; Randy Rasmussen, Back Country Horsemen of America
Date and Time: April 16th at 1-2:30PM EDT
Overview: This webinar is a continuation of the webinar from August 2019 titled Equestrian Trail Design for Urban Shared Use Trails. The presenters will review best practices for trail design planning, construction, and management in undeveloped natural areas and connecting to urban edge settings. The webinar will include trailhead development, urban to wildland transition design, and equestrian trail features to provide best sustainability and lowest impact. Learn more about the webinar, learning objectives, and presenters here.
Hosted by American Trails as part of the Advancing Trails Webinar Series.

Title: Balancing Advocacy and Stewardship to Protect Wild Lands: The Great Old Broads for Wilderness Model
Presenter: Lauren Berutich, Great Old Broads for Wilderness Associate Director
Date and Time: April 14th at 3PM EDT
Overview: We love our wild lands! Whether it is for recreation, exploration, or to find a glorious escape from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, there is a place for everyone to enjoy the wild outdoors. Unfortunately, public lands are threatened and under constant attack from resource extraction to climate change to the impacts of public recreation. There is an excellent way to get involved and protect the places we love while having the opportunity to engage with them. Join Great Old Broads for Wilderness Associate Director, Lauren Berutich, to explore how the alignment of a solid advocacy and stewardship plan can effectively and deeply shift community activism to a new level of success. Let’s go on a “Broadwork”!
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Leading Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Through COVID-19 and Beyond
Presenters: Reginald J. Miller, VF Corporation; and Heather McKendry, Ruffwear
Date and Time: April 14th at 2PM EDT
Overview: Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity leaders from the active-outdoor industries will exchange ideas and share best practices in a facilitated, peer-to-peer conversation. This webinar will address how to create and sustain inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplaces through the challenges of COVID-19. Topics will include: Identifying and reducing bias and xenophobia, with a focus on anti-Asian bias during this pandemic; Fostering an inclusive culture even when employees are working from home; Leveraging Employee Resource Groups and other tools; How DEI leaders can meet the challenge of economic recession and/or industry contraction; How DEI leaders can prepare for a post-COVID-19 rebound and recovery.
Hosted by Camber Outdoors.

Title: Thriving in Chaotic Times – The Neuroscience Behind Our Distress
Presenter: Julie Auger, MOD master’s in organizational development and leadership
Date and Time: April 10th at 1PM EDT
Overview: How is our brain perceiving and responding to the current threats? As leaders, what may we do to alleviate these threat responses for our employees and ourselves? This webinar provides a look into how our brain is reacting, how we may find our focus and how we may manage our emotions best to adapt to our new reality. There will be time for questions, discussion and connection. Together we can thrive.
Hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association.

Title: CARES Act For Nonprofits
Presenter: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholar LLP
Date and Time: April 9th at 3-4:30PM EDT
Overview: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law at the end of March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This act is a mix of direct cash payments to many Americans, financial support for small businesses and targeted sectors of the economy, and more resources for front-line medical support. As many of you know, banks began accepting applications for the program on April 3, so the non-profit and park partner communities have been needing to come up to speed quickly. But what does this mean for nonprofits and organizations like yours? During this webinar, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP will be discussing the relevancy of this act for park partners and will help you better navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Hosted by the The National Park Foundation and National Park Friends Alliance.

Title: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Geotourism: Growing Community Tourism During Unprecedented Times in Tourism
Presenter: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Date and Time: April 9th at 1PM EDT
Overview: This hour-long webinar will explain the concepts of geotourism and how it relates to The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. As tourism continues to diminish with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is as important as ever for communities to remain united and create a plan of action for when visitors return. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail has built a new travel website — https://lewisandclark.travel/ — specifically designed to bring together businesses, attractions, landmarks, and other points of interest on and around the trail to help promote sustainable tourism..
Hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Title: The Stimulus Bill and Nonprofits: Answers to Your Questions
Presenter: Dan Parks, Senior Editor of Digital and Data at The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Date and Time: April 7th at 2PM EDT
Overview: As the world adapts to life during a pandemic, nonprofit leaders and philanthropists are looking for support during these uncertain times. Under the historic $2 trillion stimulus bill, all taxpayers will be able to deduct up to $300 in cash giving for the 2020 tax year, nonprofits will be eligible for federal loans that could largely be forgiven, and tax incentives are boosted for corporate giving. A panel of experts will discuss the new legislation and what it means for the nonprofit sector. They’ll examine key questions you may have, including: What’s included in the new stimulus bill that aids nonprofits of different missions and sizes; How nonprofits can apply for and manage the new Small Business Administration loans; and How fundraisers can effectively communicate about and make the most of the $300 universal charitable deduction.
Hosted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Title: Fundraising for Parks During Uncertain Times
Presenter: Lori L. Jacobwith, Ignited Fundraising; David MacDonald, Friends Alliance Steering Committee; Chrystal Morris Murphy, National Park Foundation
Date and Time: April 6th at 3-4:30PM EDT
Overview: Lori L. Jacobwith will review best practices for fundraising during times of fear and uncertainty. She has seen what works and what doesn’t, and is ready to share some of her insights and provide a broader picture of how to remain successful during moments like these. Learn what three actions might be the most important for your current fundraising efforts. Learn how donor data can be your friend, especially in times of uncertainty. Review what other nonprofits have already begun implementing for upcoming planned events. Learn powerful language to keep donors informed and inspired – so when you DO ask, they’re ready to give.
Hosted by the National Park Development Leaders Network and National Park Friends Alliance.

Title: Workforce Planning during the COVID-19 Crisis: Freezes, Furloughs, Layoffs & Position Eliminations
Presenter: Lisa Wright Ponce, Nonprofit HR; Jennifer Prozinsk, Venable, LLP
Date and Time: April 6th at 12-1:15PM EDT
Overview: How should organizations plan for an uncertain future, especially when the external environment is changing daily and weekly? What does a viable workforce plan look like as the need arises for contracting and expanding staff? Register for this Virtual Town Hall, explore mission sustainability through workforce planning and, hear best practices for navigating uncharted waters. While every organization is unique, it is helpful to understand the legal, financial and practical differences among hiring freezes, furloughs and layoffs.
Hosted by Nonprofit HR.

Title: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Wilderness Stewardship Community: A Town Hall Conversation
Moderator: Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Date and Time: April 2nd at 4PM EDT
Overview: The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our daily lives and the work of the wilderness stewardship community. In this special Town Hall gathering of the wilderness community, come share how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting your organization and learn successful coping strategies that are being applied by others. This webinar will provide a forum for the community to share and learn from each other.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Understanding What’s in the Economic Stimulus Package
Presenters: T.A. Hawks, Kimberly Ellis and Matt McAlvanah, Monument Advocacy, Washington, D.C.
Date and Time: April 2nd at 1PM EDT
Overview: The U.S. government has approved over $2 trillion in new stimulus spending to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The funding will be distributed to certain American businesses, consumers and federal safety net programs in the coming months. Learn more about the major components of the stimulus package and what may come next from Congress in this short, informative presentation by Monument Advocacy, a leading, bipartisan government and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association.

Title: Connecting the Dots: COVID-19 and Conservation/Outdoor Recreation – A Community Conversation
Presenter: The Avarna Group (Aparna, Ava, José, CJ, Katie, & Sophie)
Date and Time: March 30th at 2:30 PM EDT
Overview: In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, it has become more critical than ever to ensure our individual and collective actions are equitable and just. Even our most well intentioned reactions can exacerbate existing injustices if we aren’t mindful. Join us and members of the conservation and outdoor community to share thoughts, learnings, ideas, and creative strategies in this unprecedented time. We will begin the hour by sharing a few guiding questions and values, and then open up the webinar to host a community conversation. None of us are experts on this, and are learning as we go, so don’t expect a list of all the things to do. Do expect connection, community, and conversations about pressing questions we all have. Let’s learn together. If you’re not in a place to have this conversation now, don’t worry. We will be recording the first portion of it (but are leaving the Q&A portion unrecorded to ensure folks can be candid) and creating an ongoing resource for people to ask and answer each others questions.
Hosted by The Avarna Group.

Title: Using State-Side LWCF Grants to Improve Recreation Opportunities
Presenter: Elisabeth Fondriest, Lacy Alison, and Emily Ferguson, National Park Service
Date and Time: March 25th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Join Elisabeth Fondriest, Lacy Alison, and Emily Ferguson with the NPS to learn about the State-Side Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which provides matching grants to States and local governments for outdoor recreation. Over the years, State-Side LWCF has supported the purchase and protection of 3 million acres of recreation lands and over 44,000 projects to develop basic recreation facilities in every State and territory of the nation. Funding for State-Side LWCF has increased dramatically in the last 5 years, making it an even more important funding source for NPS partners.
Hosted by the Network for Landscape Conservation as part of the NPS Connected Conservation (C2) Webinar Series.

 

Title: Trails Move People: Articulating the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of the Trails Industry
Presenter: Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails and Duane Taylor, Executive Director, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
Date and Time: March 19th at 1PM EDT
Overview: In partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), American Trails and NOHVCC will discuss how trails for too long trails have been taken for granted and the true measure of their impact has not been calculated or shared. Join Mike and Duane for a discussion of how we can all work to break down the silos within the trails community, and what we can do to build support for trails in unexpected areas and amongst unexpected constituencies. Learn more about the webinar, learning objectives, and presenters here.
Hosted by American Trails as part of the Advancing Trails Webinar Series.

 

Title: Leave No Trace – Refresher, Updates, Resources
Presenter: Erin Collier, Brice Esplin, and Faith Overall
Date and Time: March 10th at 3PM EDT
Overview: What’s new with Leave No Trace, and how can you incorporate the principles into your daily work?  Erin Collier and Brice Esplin, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, will provide a general Leave No Trace refresher with an emphasis on updates, research, and resources, geared toward wilderness stewardship groups and agency partners. Faith Overall, Leave No Trace’s Education and Outreach coordinator and volunteer for the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, will also join to provide a volunteer perspective and answer questions on getting more involved.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

 

Title: NPS Partnership Tools to Enhance Gateway Communities
Presenter: Bob Ratcliffe and Donny Leadbetter, National Park Service
Date and Time: March 10th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Join Bob Ratcliffe and Donny Leadbetter with the National Park Service to learn about the numerous partnership tools available to enhance gateway communities; improve connectivity with parks; and encourage sustainable tourism.
Hosted by the Network for Landscape Conservation as part of the NPS Connected Conservation (C2) Webinar Series.

Title: The Role of Volunteers in Today’s Forest Service: What Should Volunteers Do/What Should Volunteers Not Do
Presenter: Kevin Cannon
Date and Time: February 11th at 3PM EST
Overview: Kevin Cannon, recently retired from the Forest Service, will talk about his experience working with volunteers in northern Colorado over the last 20 years. He plans to discuss things volunteers do very well, things that volunteers should not do, and tips to make volunteer experiences exceptional. Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

 

Title: Pre-Hike the Hill Webinar
Presenter: PNTS/AHS representatives
Date and Time: January 22nd at 3PM EST
Overview: This Pre-Hike the Hill overview and issue briefing will provide information on the Hike the Hill schedule and what to expect during Hike the Hill. The webinar will also include an overview of the current state of play in Congress and federal agencies and highlight key issues. A recorded webinar will be available.

 

Title: Wildspotter – A Mobile Application for Invasive Species Inventory
Presenter: Rachel Carroll, University of Georgia
Date and Time: January 14th at 3PM EST
Overview: Wild SpotterTM is a national project to promote the engagement and empowerment of the public in our fight against invasive species. Since launching in 2018, Wild Spotter has expanded into 19 National Forests and 8 Tribal Lands across the United States. The project continues to grow and develop through its collaboration with great partners. To date, Wild Spotter has established 54 partnerships with federal and non-federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and stakeholders which ultimately grows the local capacity for documenting invasive species. This webinar will provide an overview of Wild Spotter, highlight its progress as an innovative citizen science project, and offer details for future Wild Spotter project updates. Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title: Successful Volunteer Recruiting
Presenter: Katie Currier, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards; Alivia Acosta, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Ken Norden, U.S. Forest Service; Kellie Flowers, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Date and Time: December 10th at 3PM EST
Overview: Volunteers play a vital role in the stewardship of our public lands but recruitment of these volunteers can be time consuming and challenging. Learn about the challenges, strategies and success stories of volunteer recruitment from other stewardship professionals across the country. Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

 

Title:  Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 2 
Presenters: The Avarna Group
Date and Time:  November 5th 2PM EDT
Overview: JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion) can feel like the elephant in the room. It’s big. It’s heavy. It’s overwhelming. If you feel like you’ve been talking about JEDI but don’t know how to walk the talk, this webinar will help guide you to action. In this webinar we review a 4-Quadrant Approach to planning for JEDI  in a way that allows you to take one bite at a time. We consider the universe of JEDI strategies (from partnerships to training to hiring to program and advocacy), and map these strategies out on a 4-quadrant framework that frames out internal and external strategies as well as individual and institutional strategies. We discuss this online framework. You will leave the webinar with a map that can help you identify priorities for your organization and areas where you need more support.
Hosted by the PNTS, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails

 

Title:  What Keeps Wilderness Stewardship Volunteers Coming Back?
Presenter: Rebecca Niemiec, Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department, Colorado State University
Date and Time:  October 8th at 3PM EDT
Overview: A key challenge that many wilderness stewardship organizations face is how to increase retention rates of volunteers. While many research studies have examined what motivates people to first start volunteering, much less is known about what keeps volunteers coming back over time. Preliminary research suggests that retention rates are influenced more by whether people feel socially connected and appreciated while volunteering, rather than their initial motivations to start volunteering. However, little is known about what types of strategies wilderness stewardship organizations can use to appeal to these personal and social motivations. In this study, we partnered with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) and the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) to examine best practices for enhancing retention rates among wilderness stewardship organizations. We conducted a nation-wide survey of volunteers and staff with wilderness stewardship organizations as well as over 30 interviews with with volunteers of PWV to understand factors influencing retention. We report on the results of those studies and provide suggestions for strategies that wilderness stewardship organizations can use to enhance retention. Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

 

Title:  Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 1 
Presenters: The Avarna Group
Date and Time:  September 18th 2PM EDT
Overview: In this webinar we define basic terms like justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and cultural relevance, and then lay out all of the reasons why this work (which we collectively call JEDI) is important in the particular space in which the organization operates (e.g, outdoor education, conservation, land management, environmental advocacy, youth development etc.). This webinar will help you articulate what you mean when you are talking about JEDI and why it is important to your organization.
Hosted by the PNTS, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and American Trails

 

Title:  Empowering Women in the Outdoors 
Presenters: Amy Lord – Ice Age Trail Alliance, and Sabrina Carlson – Arizona Trail Association
Date and Time:  July 17th 2PM EDT
Overview: Girls and women, when given the chance, make confident and inspired leaders, outdoor adventurers and trail stewards. This webinar will explore two groundbreaking programs aimed at empowering girls and women in the outdoors. Gear Girls—a program developed by the Arizona Trail association—uses mountain biking, trail work and snow sports to build confidence, outdoor competence, community and character in young women grades 4-8. The Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Trailtessa Retreats were designed by women for women in partnership with the REI Force of Nature initiative. These retreats are aimed at exploring the rugged beauty of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail while making new friends and finding freedom in the outdoors along the way. Join Amy and Sabrina as they discuss how these two programs are empowering females and building the next generation of trail advocates and stewards.

 

Title: Update on Wilderness Character Monitoring in the Forest Service
Presenters: Julie King, US Forest Service
Date and Time:  July 9th 3PM EDT
Overview: Wilderness Character Monitoring (WCM) is one of our most important tools for protecting designated wilderness areas.  When we can accurately quantify and measure the five characteristics of wilderness, we can say how well a given area meets the ideal goals set out in the Wilderness Act.  It’s how we can ask our wilderness areas, “How you doin’?”Since 2018 the Forest Service has organized a team to help you set up baseline data to monitor trends.  Julie King, the National WCM Program Manager, will explain what we are learning from pilot programs, and look forward to how we can maintain WCM into the future, through programs like NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Performance grants.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

 

Title:  National Public Lands Day *FREE*
Presenters: Tony Richardson, Program Officer for Public Lands Engagement, National Environmental Education Foundation 
Date and Time:  June 11th 3PM EDT
Overview: Learn how your organization can build local awareness and interest as you support National Public Lands Day
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

 

Title:  Latino Conservation Week *FREE*
Presenters: Jennifer Brandt, Deputy Director of Conservation Programs, Hispanic Access Foundation
Date and Time:  Tuesday, May 14th at 3PM EDT
Overview: Join us for “Latino Conservation Week and Your Organization.” Jennifer Brandt of the Hispanic Access Foundation will share how your organization can join with Latinos across the nation to support the protection of our natural resources. During the week of July 13-21, 2019, community, non-profit, faith-based, and government organizations and agencies will hold events throughout the country — 150 events last year!  Events can take any shape.  Latino Conservation Week can raise the visibility of your organization among Latino communities and provide opportunities for them to show their support for permanently protecting our land, water, and air. Learn how to expand your membership and partner with Latino groups.
Hosted by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance


Title:  Effective Communication Part 2: Giving and Receiving Feedback
Presenters: Andrea Wetherald, Owner &Beyond
Date and Time:  Thursday, May 23rd at 2PM EDT
Overview: In this webinar, you’ll learn about the three primary forms of feedback, and how to offer it in a way that it is receivable and helpful to the other person. The techniques taught in this webinar can be applied in a variety of situations including peer-to-peer feedback, volunteer management, and up or down the leadership hierarchy. You’ll also learn some valuable strategies for receiving feedback without feeling attacked, and responding in a way that allows you to grow when appropriate, release unhelpful feedback when appropriate or both!


Title:  Effective Communication Part 1: Navigating Difficult Conversations
Presenters: Andrea Wetherald, Owner &Beyond
Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 23rd at 1PM EDT
Overview: In this webinar, you’ll learn about the skills that are helpful for navigating confrontation. We believe that confrontation isn’t to merely be contained, but is actually a fantastic building block for creating stronger relationships and fortifying a positive working dynamic when handled in a way that honors you, and the others involved. Many skills such as vulnerability, authenticity, listening carefully, staying in the present moment and honoring the contributions of each other, for example, will allow teams to succeed at communicating with one another when tensions are running high.


Title:  Long Distance Trails in Wilderness
Presenters: Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition; Jennifer Tripp, Pacific Crest Trail Association; Ian Nelson, Pacific Crest Association; Chelsea Bodamer, Partnership for the National Trails
Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 12th at 3PM EST
Overview: Work with National Scenic and Historic Trail System Partners to expand volunteer opportunities with long distance trail partners. This panel presentation brings together leaders in the long distance trail community to discuss issues common between wilderness areas and the long distance trail community around volunteer engagement and stewardship.
In partnership with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

Title:  Managing Your Organizations Finances—Best Practices for End of the Year Accounting and Reporting
Presenters: Darcy Shepard – Director of Finance and Human Resources, Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Date and Time:  Tuesday, December 18th at 11AM MST
Overview: This webinar will help your organization start 2019 off on the right foot fiscally. It will review best financial practices, including advice on building your budget for 2019, tracking your unrestricted funds, and what it takes to prepare for and undergo an audit. Set your organization up for success whether you’ve got a budget of $10,000 or $1,000,000. This webinar is brought to you through a collaborative effort between the PNTS and National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.


Title:  50th Anniversary Rivers and Trails Best Practices for Communications
Presenters: 
• Marta Call – Gila National Forest Public Affairs Officer
• Samantha Haas – Partnership for the National Trail System Communications Coordinator
• Lisa Ronald – Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary Coordinator
• Amanda Wheelock – Continental Divide Trail Coalition Marketing and Communications Specialist
• Radha Marcum – River Network Marketing and Communications Director
Date and Time:  July 19 at 3PM EDT
Overview:  As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System and Wild and Scenic River Acts, it’s important to spread the word about related events and projects in the most efficient way. Join rivers, trails, and Federal agency communications experts for this webinar about best practices for traditional and social media. You’ll hear examples of successful marketing tactics, learn how to get your 50th Anniversary media off the ground—even if it’s your first time planning an event and you don’t have a communications staff—and how to use event outreach for broader storytelling to strengthen your organization’s presence in the community.


Title: Best Practices for Engaging Young Adults: Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Next Generation Advisory Council
Presenters:  Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Next Generation Advisory Council
Date and Time:  June 15th at 1PM EDT
Overview:  Did you know that millennials will outnumber baby boomers in 2019, making them the largest generation that the U.S. has ever seen? Have you wondered how to bring younger trail users into your trail organization as volunteers and maintainers? Be sure to join us for a webinar to learn more about the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Next Generation Advisory Council and the best practices for engaging young adults! We’ll hear from our young leaders about how trail organizations can reach younger trail enthusiasts and what to expect from this trail-friendly population.


Title: Best Practices for Recruiting and Engaging Volunteer Board Members
Presenter:  Sandi Marra
Date and Time:  May 8th at 3PM EDT
Overview:  Creating an effective and dedicated Board for your nonprofit is critical to the success of the organization
and fulfillment of your mission. Achieving this goal requires a clear understanding of needs, good
recruitment strategies, and well structured and focused board activities to ensure engagement and
retention. Sandi will share her experience and lessons learned and also facilitate conversation among
participants so that they can share their stories.

Speaker Bio: Sandi Marra, Principal Consultant with Marra Consulting Group, LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors bringing real life solutions to organizational challenges.
She has lead organizations in both executive staff and Board Chair roles. She understands the importance of respecting cultural norms and traditions while bringing about needed organizational change. Her experience includes Chief Operating Officer of an $20 million organization supporting educational and service programs for developmentally disabled children and adults. As Board Chair, she leads a $10 million national member volunteer-based organization. In addition to her nonprofit experience, she has worked in the private sector for large-scale government contracting firms providing operational and human resource expertise.


Title: Trail Safe! 
Presenter:  Dan Watson
Date and Time:  March 12th at 1PM EST
Overview:  Join Volunteer Coordinator Dan Watson for an introduction to Trail Safe! — a series of online safety training videos which provide all core learning objectives found in NPS Operational Leadership. Trail Safe! is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the Human Factor of safety, covering topics such as Effective Leadership, Stress & Performance, Situational Awareness, Mission Analysis, and more. If your local safety program is looking for ways to share information at no cost, and without the logistical hassle of arranging travel and meeting venues, then Trail Safe! may be your answer. Toward the conclusion of the webinar, Dan Watson will review how you can receive a Trail Safe! “starter kit” and begin sharing this safety resource with your staff, partners, and volunteers.

**This webinar will be held in collaboration with American Trails**

Speaker Bio: Dan Watson has been a career employee of the National Park Service since 1980. He has worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Federal Law Enforcement Ranger at the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (NY-PA), and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (PA-NJ); Supervisory District Law Enforcement Ranger at Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (WI-MN); Chief Law Enforcement Ranger and Site Manager at Fort Necessity National Battlefield (PA) and Friendship Hill National Historic Site (PA); Volunteer Coordinator and Collateral Duty Safety Officer for the North Country National Scenic Trail (ND-MN-WI-MI-OH-PA-NY) and Ice Age National Scenic Trail (WI). Throughout his career Dan has been active in emergency services responses to events such as Hurricane Katrina, BP Oil Spill, and numerous western wildfires. Dan is a certified facilitator for NPS Operational Leadership, and creator of the Trail Safe! program.


Title: Working with Local and Regional Land Trusts

Presenter:  Don Owen – PNTS Consultant, Kevin Thusius – Ice Age Trail Alliance, Megan Wargo – Pacific Crest Trail Association
Date and Time:  January 24th at 3PM EST
Overview:  As agency budgets for land protection are being reduced, and trusts are becoming an essential organizational partner for many trail organizations.  Experienced land trust professionals will explain how their programs work, and what they can offer national scenic and national historic trails.

Speaker Bios:

Don consults for the Land Trust Alliance, the West Virginia Land Trust, the Maryland Environmental Trust, the Land Trust of Virginia, the Partnership for the National Trails System, and more than a dozen other land trusts and trail organizations. He serves as the Land Trust Alliance’s Circuit Rider for the Potomac River Watershed and Southern Virginia, assisting all-volunteer and small land trusts build capacity and improve operations.

Kevin works for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, whose mission is to create, promote and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. As the director of land conservation, he is responsible for property acquisitions and the management of more than 120 Alliance-held land interests. Over the last eight years, Kevin has helped the Alliance and its partners complete more than 75 land transactions for the Trail while instituting a volunteer property monitoring program and creating archives for all Alliance-owned lands. He came to the Alliance from a local land trust where he was charged with assessing and prioritizing hundreds of properties along a scenic riverway.

Megan is Director of Land Protection for Pacific Crest Trail Association, and has more than a decade of experience leading teams and managing landscape-scale conservation projects. She has successfully negotiated land and conservation easement acquisitions to permanently protect over 64,000 acres. Prior to joining the PCTA, Megan worked for the Pacific Forest Trust, the Trust for Public Land, and the Piedmont Land Conservancy. She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Economics & Politics from Claremont McKenna College.

Title: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act – Tips, Tools, and Next Steps
Presenters:  Chelsea Bodamer – PNTS, Leigh Schmidt – Trails 50 Coordinator, and Kelly Snavely – American Hiking Society
Date and Time:  November 2nd at 3PM ESTIn his 1965 “Natural Beauty Message” to Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired a national “system of trails” for the American people. Congress passed the National Trails System Act, signed into law by President Johnson on October 2, 1968. Join us for our second webinar on the anniversary and learn how you can take part in the commemoration of this historic act while encouraging a new generation of trail users and stewards. Topics include: • Trails 50 Merchandise
• Social Media Campaigns
• Toolkit updates
• Trail Story Collection

PowerPoint (PDF) – Webinar Recording


Title: Real Estate 101 for National Scenic and Historic Trail Organizations
Presenters:  Don Owen – PNTS Consultant
Date and Time:  October 19th at 3PM EST

Why is protecting land so important for national scenic and historic trails?  What is a conservation easement, and how does it work? What does a title policy do?  How do agencies, land trusts, and trail organizations negotiate land deals?  Learn the basics of real estate from practitioners who have spent years in the trenches.


Title: National Trail Intern Grants Overview
Presenters:   Gary Werner – PNTS, Chelsea Bodamer – PNTS, Deb Salt – BLM, Rita Hennessy – NPS, Jaime Schmidt – USFS, and Kimberly Reaves – Greening Youth Foundation
Date and Time:  September 21st at 2PM EST


Title: Planning a National Scenic or National Historic Trail Protection Program

Presenters: Don Owen, PNTS Consultant and Morgan Sommerville, Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Southern Regional Director
Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 13th 3:00-4:00 PM EDT
Webinar Overview: 
There are a number of different approaches to planning a protection program for a national scenic or national historic trail, with each tailoring its approach to its own unique needs and resources.  Learn tips and techniques
from experts who have decades of experience.   

Speaker Bios
Don Owen
Don consults for the Land Trust Alliance, the West Virginia Land Trust, the Maryland Environmental Trust, the Land Trust of Virginia, the Partnership for the National Trails System, and more than a dozen other land trusts and trail organizations. He serves as the Land Trust Alliance’s Circuit Rider for the Potomac River Watershed and Southern Virginia, assisting all-volunteer and small land trusts build capacity and improve operations.

Morgan Sommerville
Morgan has been pleased to put his NC State University degree in natural resource management to use by helping to design, build, conserve and protect the A.T. from the ground up while overseeing the evolution of the Southern Regional Office from a one man operation to four full-time, one half-time and 10 seasonal employees.


Title: Volunteer Recruitment — Trends and Best Practices (Co-hosted by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy)
Presenters: Alexandra Brownfield CEO, Volunteer East Tennessee, Emily Lord Stewardship Outreach Coordinator, UNH Extension, The Stewardship Network New England, Jamie Burke Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Date and Time: Thursday, June 15 6:30-7:30 PM EDT
Webinar Overview:  This webinar will include national trends in volunteering and related studies, tips and tools for effective promotion of volunteer opportunities, and a case study of making transition from first-time volunteers to volunteer leaders.

Speaker Bios
Jamie Burke A Virginia transplant, studied sports medicine at the University of Virginia, where she spent her free time divided between the rugby pitch and nearby Shenandoah National Park. After graduation, Jamie took her passion for being outdoors across the country to the West Coast where she worked as a Naturalist at an Arts and Ecology Outdoor Education Center, followed by a year with Americorps*NCCC, and several seasons as a Wildland Firefighter in El Dorado National Forest. A few years later, Jamie returned to her East Coast roots to undertake a Masters in Educational Studies at the University of New Hampshire, as well as take on a role as a backpacking and sailing instructor for Outward Bound. She relocated to Colorado in 2013 and has spent the past several years in the nonprofit sector working for the American Red Cross. Up until recently, all her free time was spent playing and training for rugby. She represented the U.S. on the Women’s National Team for over a decade before retiring, following the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Retirement has offered her much more time to enjoy all the outdoors Colorado has to offer with her partner, dog, and 16-month-old daughter.

Emily Lord is the Stewardship Outreach Coordinator with UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) and leads digital communications for UNHCE’s the Stewardship Network: New England initiative to create a culture of stewardship in New England through the power of volunteers. An alum of the Student Conservation Association New Hampshire AmeriCorps program, Emily has lead conservation crews performing trail maintenance and restoration work in Alaska, California, Michigan, and New Hampshire. Emily holds a Master’s degree in sociology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s in women’s studies and sociology from the University of Maine.

Alexandra Brownfield, CEO of Volunteer East Tennessee, has the incredible opportunity to lead East Tennessee’s HandsOn Network Volunteer Center. She works with hundreds of local nonprofit organizations to effectively recruit and manage volunteers throughout the greater Knoxville region. Alexandra previously worked at the HandsOn Network affiliate at the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University’s School of Social Work and holds a Chancellor’s Certificate in Volunteer Management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She currently serves on the Tennessee Governor’s Commission for Volunteerism and is a board member of Mountain Tough and Volunteer Tennessee.


Title: North Country Trail Association’s Hike 100 Challenge: Learnings and Best Practices
Presenters:  Andrea Ketchmark and Amelia Rhodes (North Country Trail Association)
Date and Time:  Wednesday, May 24th at 3PM EST

Webinar Overview: The Hike 100 Challenge engaged thousands of people on the North Country Trail, encouraging them to hike 100 miles in 2016 to celebrate the NPS Centennial. With limited staff resources and budget, the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) built a program that was simple to manage and easy to promote. The Hike 100 Challenge proved to be a smashing success, beyond what they could have imagined – including over 4,000 new leads and eventually 400 new members to the organization. In this webinar we’ll uncover the secrets of the Hike 100 Challenge and how to motivate a new group of users to not only enjoy your Trail, but connect with your organization. 

Speaker Bios:
Amelia Rhodes is the Marketing/Communications Coordinator for the North Country Trail Association. Her role is to share the story of the NCNST and the NCTA through traditional and new media. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Communications, and has a background in marketing project management.

Andrea Ketchmark is the Director of Trail Development for the North Country Trail Association.  Her job is to train and empower a diverse group of remote volunteers with the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to build relationships with diverse partners like local governments, land managers and private landowners to build, maintain, and protect the North Country National Scenic Trail.


 

Title: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act
Presenters:  Gary Werner (PNTS), Pete Olsen (American Hiking Society), and Chelsea Bodamer (PNTS)
Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 19th at 3PM EST

Webinar Overview: In his 1965 “Natural Beauty Message” to Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired a national “system of trails” for the American people. Congress passed the National Trails System Act, signed into law by President Johnson on October 2, 1968. Join us for our upcoming webinar and learn how you can take part in the commemoration of this historic act while encouraging a new generation of trail users and stewards. This webinar is FREE to attend. Capacity is limited to 100 attendees. Register early to ensure your spot.

Topics include:

  • The importance of the 50th Anniversary
  • Partners and opportunties
  • How you can take part
  • Available resources and toolkit items

 

Title: The Federal Lands Transfer: What It Means and What You Should Know 
Presenters: Randy Rasmussen Back Country Horsemen of America
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8th at 2PM EST

Webinar Overview
Some members of Congress remain intent on wrestling control of public lands from the federal government. The idea is not new. Yet transfer proponents continue to perpetuate many myths and half-truths in making their case. One factor driving their push is the claim that the states or local governments are better suited to determine the uses and fate of our public lands. Join us as we discuss the range of values of our federal public lands that are being ignored by land transfer proponents, explore why western public lands differ in many aspects from their eastern counterparts, and speculate how a large-scale federal land transfer might affect public access including management of National Scenic and Historic Trails. We will conclude the discussion with a summary of methods by which your organization might join with others to help “keep public lands in public hands.”

About the Speaker
Randy has been Backcountry Horsemen of America’s (BCHA’s) Director for Public Lands & Recreation since 2012. He assists BCHA’s 30 state organizations to advance initiatives and strengthen partnerships that promote the sustained use and enjoyment of the backcountry and Wilderness “by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.” This includes recognition of the unique national “birthright” enjoyed by all Americans—where every citizen enjoys partial ownership of an unparalleled system of national public lands.

Randy’s work includes strengthening BCHA’s partnerships with federal land management agencies. He was a key player in BCHA’s effort with The Wilderness Society, regional and national partners—including AHS and PNTS—that demonstrated a groundswell of public support and cultivated bipartisan congressional sponsors for the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (H.R. 845 / S. 1110). The bill was signed into law by President Obama in November 2016.


TitleInnovative Approaches to Recruiting and Tracking Volunteers
Presenters: Becky Reid Juan Bauista de Anza National Historic Trail Trails and Rails Program, Karl Borton Florida Trail Association, Wendy Lotze Arizona Trail Association
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 24th at 2PM EST

Webinar Overview
This webinar will highlight the various ways that national trail partners are using technology to enhance their volunteer programs. Topics will include Google Apps and MeetUp Groups. Furthermore, tips for overcoming the “fear of technology” barrier will be addressed.

About the Speakers
Karl serves as FTA’s Volunteer Program Coordinator, and is responsible for engaging partners and volunteers on the Florida Trail.

Wendy has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the Arizona Trail Association since 2015, a dream job by any standard.  She believes that she owes her good luck to the karma developed over years of volunteering at trail maintenance events and as a Segment Steward for the Arizona Trail. Wendy also teaches introductory backpacking seminars and founded the Arizona Backpacking Club to encourage responsible backcountry adventures and volunteerism among the hiking community.   She has organized countless trail events and still manages to maintain a contagious enthusiasm for living outdoors.

Becky coordinates, trains and supervises Trails and Rails volunteers for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. She has been a Trails and Rails guide for 6 years, interpreting the Anza trail between Santa Barbara and San Jose on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. A long-time educator with a specialty in online teaching and learning, she is always looking for ways to make technology accessible to all.

Title: Telling Our Stories
Presenters: Javier Folgar and Jordan Bowman Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Steve Gonzales El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 14th at 2PM EST

Webinar Overview
With the number of organizations competing for the attention and support of the public, engaging your audience through effective storytelling has become an essential tool for organizations of every size. Join us as we discuss ways to craft your organization’s own stories, how to reach and engage new audiences, and methods for influencing individuals to contribute their own experiences to your cause.

About the Speakers
Javier is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Javier oversees and coordinates the messaging of the organization, helping to provide clarity and direction for all ATC departments, its volunteer organizations, and the public.

Jordan is the Public Relations and Social Media Specialist for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Jordan oversees the messages transmitted to the public via traditional and new media interfaces, ensuring that both the organization and its membership have a voice in the protection and celebration of the Appalachian Trail.

In addition to serving as executive director of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, Steven is on the board of directors for the Partnership for the National Trails System; serves on the steering committee for the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education at Texas State University; is a member of the advisory committee for the Connecting Trails to Parks project between the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, National Trails System Intermountain Region office, and the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program; and is an advisory committee member for the Texas Historical Commission’s Hispanic Heritage Guide for Texas.


Title: Effective Strategies for Advocacy
Presenters: Mike Wollmer Ice Age Trail Alliance and Pete Olsen American Hiking Society
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 30th at 3PM EST

Webinar Overview
This webinar will focus on effective advocacy when meeting with elected officials – particularly at the federal level. After a brief overview on presenting your strongest case, we will use a case study to highlight some effective techniques that anyone can use. In addition, we’ll discuss overcoming the challenges of creating presentation materials that engage elected officials, or even more challenging, their staff.

About the Speakers
Mike Wollmer is the Executive Director and CEO of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.  Mike spent 35 years in his family’s business with specialty outdoor retail stores in the Milwaukee market.  Beginning in the early 1990’s, his history as an Alliance member includes on-the-ground trail work, crew leadership, and a few years as a member of the board of directors.  In recent years he has served as a director of the Partnership for the National Trails System.

Peter Olsen is the Vice President for Programs & Government Relations at American Hiking Society (AHS). Leading AHS’s advocacy efforts, Mr. Olsen works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting trails, public lands, and the hiking experience.


Title: Best Practices for Motivating and Training Volunteers
Presenters:  Eric Sherman, Ice Age Trail Alliance, and Karl Borton, Florida Trail Association
Date and Time: October 27th, 2016 at 3PM EST

Webinar Overview
Learn best practices to invigorate your volunteer program, whether it supports a national historic or national scenic trail. Eric Sherman will give a general overview of the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s (IATA) Volunteer Trailbuilding program. He will also delve into the ways they are building and maintaining the Ice Age National Scenic Trail while also rewarding volunteers through skills-building. Karl Borton will speak about the Florida Trail Association’s Volunteer Recognition Program. This includes both traditional and non-traditional recognitions and awards. Join us to learn more about motivating and rewarding volunteers!

About the Speakers
Eric serves as the Alliances Membership and Grants Coordinator, and is responsible for administering the Alliance’s awards program and volunteer-hours tracking program.

Karl serves as FTA’s Volunteer Program Coordinator, and is responsible for engaging partners and volunteers on the Florida Trail.



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