2022 National Trails Workshop

Workshop Schedule

Join us November 2-4, 2022 to collaborate, learn, and problem-solve while exploring the many workshop topics associated with trails. The workshop will take place at the Clyde Hotel in Albuquerque, NM.

Participation in the Workshop will go beyond the scheduled program. Built-in space for collaboration, networking, and improvisation will provide additional opportunities to learn from fellow professionals and co-create solutions to trails problems.

Registration is required to participate in the workshop. Register by October 2 to receive the best rates.


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In this schedule you’ll find detailed descriptions of session events that have been confirmed. Additional information will be added as sessions are finalized. Session content and speakers are subject to change.

Use the button below to access an outline of the workshop schedule. Keep scrolling to see the detailed schedule.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, November 1, 2022


Happy Hour

Bow & Arrow Brewing, 608 McNight Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please meet in the hotel lobby at 4:30pm if you would like to share a ride with others attending the happy hour. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 

9:00-10:00 am

Welcome & Opening Plenary

Join us for an opening plenary session by Axie Navas, Director of the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Office. View speaker information here

An opening prayer will be led by Brittany Chavarria, an Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps Individual Placement with Valle de Oro Wildlife refuge. 

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Highlighting Indigenous Relationships with the Land

Sessions will convene and begin the conversation around Land Acknowledgements and the importance of doing these as part of our ongoing work to share the stories of the National Trails System. Led by Kiana Etsate-Gashytewa the 2022 PNTS Native Lands Intern, Amanda Grace Santos, the USFS Region 2 Cultural Resources Resource Assistance (RA) for the Continental Divide Trail and Corey Torivio, the CDT New Mexico Regional Representative, the session will begin with learning how Indigenous Communities, Native People and Tribes are connected to land. This will be done through a short video sharing these relationships “in their own words” form members of the Pueblo of Acoma, the Zuni Pueblo and additional indigenous communities across New Mexico and along the the Continental Divide. The session will wrap up in an opportunity for learning to occur through a robust question and answer between the instructors and the audience members.

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12:00-1:30 pm


Join us for lunch on-site.

1:30-5:00 pm

Moving Beyond Land Acknowledgements

Following Lunch, Kiana Etsate-Gashytewa and Amanda Grace Santos will begin the next session with an explanation of the various ways in which native lands, ancestral lands, and tribal lands are reflected on maps and how and why there are many different ways these connections are reflected. The session will allow Kiana and Amanda Grace to showcase their innovative work to begin to reimagine units and the national trails system as a whole with a stronger influence on Indigenous Communities, Tribes, and Native People and their connections to the landscapes across the National Trails System.

Part 1: Indigenous Mapping and Research Project
Kiana Etsate-Gashytewa and Callum Cintron will begin the session with an explanation of the various ways in which native lands, ancestral lands, and tribal lands are reflected on maps and how and why there are many different ways these connections are reflected. This session will showcase the innovative work that has begun to reimagine units and the National Trails System as a whole with a stronger influence from Indigenous communities, Tribes, and Native People and their connections to the landscapes across the National Trails System. The session will conclude with the presentation of the artwork for the IMRP Logo and provide time for presentation by the artist, Autry Lomahongva who designed the artwork for the logo. View speaker information here.
Part 2: Cultural Resource Framework Toolkit
The session will then transition to showcase Amanda Grace Santos’ work with a newly developed cultural resource framework for engagement with Indigenous Communities and how this is being employed along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The session will also briefly review formal versus informal engagement, involvement versus engagement, and review of the USFS Public Involvement Triangle. View speaker information here.
Part 3: Putting it all Together
The third portion of the afternoon session will discuss experiences and what was learned from working with Indigenous communities to support work along Scenic and Historic Trails. The first case study will be presented by Matthew Nelson from the Arizona Trail Association. You will learn about how they worked with Indigenous communities to create Trailhead Kiosks that accurately reflect the stories of the people along the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Lessons learned from the Arizona Trail’s collaboration with surrounding Indigenous communities may serve as a model for other trails. The Second case study will be presented by Melissa Twaroski from the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail to showcase both challenges and success of how Tribal consultation is conducted and incorporated into project decision and implementation and lessons learned from projects along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. View speaker information here.

4:30-6:00 pm

     PNTS Board Meeting

6:00-8:00 pm

National Trails Workshop Reception

Everyone is welcome at the event reception, to catch up, meet new folks in the trails community, and reflect on the Day 1 sessions. Appetizers and drinks will be served. A local Tribal dance group will perform a dance. Dancers include Mason Torivio, Nicole Ray Arellanez, Mckenna Sarracino and singers for the dance include Joey Tellez and Cornell Torivio. Local dignitaries will likely be in attendance so please dress business casual. Please note that the reception ticket should be purchased separately from the event registration.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

7:30-8:30 am


8:30-11:30 am


TRACK 1: Campaign Planning for Conservation Wins

TRACK 2: Gateway Communities and Trail Towns

Amy Camp and Maria Travino will discuss the traits of effective trail towns and how they can lead to increased stewardship and community-led stewardship of trails. Through a case study of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, attendees will learn how to identify opportunities for trail town programs and how to move beyond trail development to community development practices that build and strengthen community relationships.  View speaker information here.

TRACK 3: Expanding Representation in our Trail Organizations and Communities

TRACK 4: ESRI (title coming soon)

Trails, agencies, and other organizations will learn about partnerships with ESRI and leave the session with helpful tools. Stay tuned for more information about this session. 

About ESRI: ESRI is the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping. Since 1969, we have supported customers with geographic science and geospatial analytics, what we call The Science of Where. We take a geographic approach to problem-solving, brought to life by modern GIS technology. We are committed to using science and technology to build a sustainable world.

11:30-1:00 pm


Enjoy lunch on-site.

12:00-1:00 pm


Volunteer Program Working Group


Small Shop Roundtable

1:15-4:15 pm


TRACK 1: Campaign Planning for Conservation Wins – Influencing Decision-Makers through Motivation Mapping

TRACK 2: Stewardship of National Historic Trails

Join the National Park Service National Trails Office – Regions 6, 7, 8 for a session about National Historic Trails. More details to come.

TRACK 3: Engaging in New Partnerships to Leverage our Capacity

Partners from the outside the Trail community will help us learn how to partner with new types of organizations and groups that allow us to expand the values that we manage along our Trails and trail corridors, and eventually explore how to build effective communication strategies to engage our supporters around new legislation and general trail management issues. For new staff, and old alike, we will also do a review and exploration of the National Trails System Act, and how and why we work the way we do to manage and administer the National Trails System as a whole. View speaker information here

TRACK 4: USGS National Digital Trails: Project Overview and Trail Planning Support Tool (TRAILS) Workshop

4:30-5:30 pm


National Historic Trails Roundtable

Join fellow National Historic Trails professionals and enthusiasts to talk about pressing issues. 

National Scenic Trails Roundtable

Join fellow National Scenic Trails professionals and enthusiasts to talk about pressing issues. 

New and Emerging Leaders Roundtable

Join fellow new and emerging leaders for a discussion about the future of trails.


Group Activity

Join us for an optional group activity. More details to come.

Friday, November 4, 2022

8:30-11:30 am


TRACK 1: National Trails 101 & Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of National Trails

TRACK 2: Learning from the American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association

Attendees will be introduced to AIANTA and current opportunities for working with and expanding relationships with Tribal Nations, Indigenous Communities and Native People. The session will showcase AIANTA’s current work with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce National Historic Trail and the newly established California Trail. The session will close with discussion of the Native Act and how non native entities might work together with Indigenous Communities, Tribal Nations and Native People to utilize the resources established by this legislation. Speaker information coming soon.

TRACK 3: Trails and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities–From Cradle to Career

Outdoor recreation agencies and businesses are seeking educated and engaged interns, corps members and job applicants. Learn about the exciting New Mexico Cradle to Career initiative, that provides a pathway to interface with trail and outdoor recreation educational, internship and job opportunities in these exciting fields. View speaker information here.  

11:30-1:00 pm


Enjoy lunch on-site.

1:00-4:00 pm


TRACK 1: Sharpening Your Skill with a Pen

TRACK 2: Implementing the New BLM Inventory, Assessment and Monitoring Process

TRACK 3: Destination National Trails

After sharing from a panel of Tourism leads from the State of New Mexico and Celtic Marketing team, this session will present best case scenarios for showcasing resources along a national trail, and how to create effective marketing tools for Trail town use. Following the panel, participants will work with Celtic Marketing to learn how to work with tourism and other non-traditional trail partners to create tools and resources for trail towns and other partnerships to leverage national trails in their communities. Participants will leave with resources that support creating tourism toolkits and how to reach out to tourism, outdoor recreation offices.

4:15-5:15 pm

Closing Plenary

6:00-? pm


Group Activity

Join us for an optional group activity. More details to come.

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