2020 Trail Workshops – Spring (Canceled) & Fall (Scheduled)

Additional information will be posted as available on the Workshop webpage. In the meantime, please send your questions to the workshop contacts.

Spring Workshop – CANCELED

(UPDATE 3/20/2020): Regrettably, we have decided by consensus among PNTS leadership and workshop leads to cancel the Partnership’s Spring National Trails Workshop scheduled for May 18-22, 2020 at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. This is highly unfortunate and yet we believe the right decision under these unusual circumstances.

We want to recognize Teresa Martinez, Executive Director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Spring workshop team who worked hard and produced an agenda with great vision. We know this group will do what they can to help ensure that the work and ideas are not lost in our future events.

In light of this cancellation decision, we ask you to participate in a brief survey that will help inform our future plans and assist us in considering options for:

  • Rescheduling the Spring workshop physically or virtually
  • Integrating elements of our Spring workshop vision into plans for the Fall workshop in Spartanburg, South Carolina (scheduled for October 26-30, 2020)
  • Determining what content is most important and valuable to you

Please take the survey HERE by April 13, 2020.

Click HERE for the full announcement regarding the decision to cancel the Spring Workshop. 


Fall Workshop – Spartanburg, South Carolina

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

Host Trail organization: Overmountain Victory Trail Association
Contact: RG Absher, absher-r@juno.com, 336.902.1760

Dates: October 27 – 29
Travel Days: October 26* & 30
*Welcome reception the evening of Mon 10/26

Workshop outcomes:

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