November 2-4, 2022 | Albuquerque, New Mexico
The 2022 National Trails Workshop will be three days of learning, collaboration, and networking amongst seasoned trails and tourism professionals, emerging leaders and people who are interested in getting involved with trails in their communities and across the nation. With a particular emphasis on learning from and with Indigenous communities, the workshop will provide opportunities to grow your trails skillset, collaboratively confront issues facing trails, and co-create solutions for specific and system-wide problems.
As we convene for the National Trails Workshop in-person for the first time in three years, we will offer a variety of formal sessions that will produce actionable results and free-form or impromptu exchange and co-creation. Participants will leave sessions with drafts or completed versions of tools, documents, or strategies to apply what they learned to their trails. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn from a vast network of trails professionals through structured discussion roundtables and ‘free space’ for peer exchange. Whether you are new to trails or are a seasoned trail professional, there will be something for you.
Day 1: Trainings will explore tribal sovereignty, engagement with Indigenous communities and co-led stewardship.
Day 2: Trainings will explore advocacy campaigns, gateway communities, diversifying trail visitors and creating equitable workplaces.
Day 3: Trainings will explore inventory & monitoring tools, working with non-traditional partners, environmental justice and outdoor careers.
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Who should attend?
The National Trails Workshop is open to all. Specifically, those interested in developing skills and knowledge to support, conserve, build, promote, and interpret trails will find the workshop very useful.
What should I expect when I attend?
The Workshop will feature a range of activities including talks, interactive sessions, facilitated discussions, and networking opportunities. Expect to actively participate in sessions, engage in conversations, and take notes during educational sessions. Come with ideas, questions, and problems you’d like to discuss with the trails community.
All workshop sessions and roundtable discussions will occur at the Clyde Hotel located at 330 Tijeras Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Downtown Albuquerque is in the midst of a major multimillion-dollar revitalization. Here you will find bustling nightlife along Central Avenue (former Route 66), including many nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, shopping, performing arts, art galleries and a Special collection library.
Thank you to our sponsors who have committed support to the workshop. Without their participation, the workshop could not be possible.
2021 Virtual National Trails Workshop—November 1–4, 2021
Themes: Collaboration and Engagement, Strengthening Organizations and Partnerships, Trail Land Protection
More than 270 people attended, presented, sponsored, and/or supported the Partnership for the National Trails System’s second Virtual Workshop.
National Trails Virtual Workshop—October 21–29, 2020
Themes: Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion; Expanding Partnerships Within and Beyond Trail Corridors; and, Increasing Capacity Through Organizational Development
More than 200 people attended, presented, sponsored, and/or supported the Partnership for the National Trails System’s first Virtual Workshop. Thank you so much for making this Workshop a success we can build on! During the workshop we heard about practical examples and best practices; we were encouraged to recognize that a big vision for a trail requires us to think outside of traditional boundaries and values; we heard about partners raising one another up and highlighting the long underprioritized stories of peoples and nationals throughout our National Trails System; we heard stories that were both heart-wrenching and heartwarming; and we started many important dialogues that we must continue.
Biennial National Historic Trails Workshop
At this biennial gathering of National Historic Trails advocates, volunteers and professionals, the workshop hones in on the issues that face the Historic Trails as they move towards completion. Interpretation, preservation of key historic sites, protection indigenous landscapes and acquiring and maintaining a contiguous trail corridor are addressed. Attend this workshop to learn more about how you can play a role in developing, protecting and preserving your favorite historic trails and how you can strengthen your trail organization.
- National Historic Trails Workshop 2016 – Kansas City, MO (June 6th-10th)
- National Historic Trails Workshop 2014 – Salt Lake City, UT
- National Historic Trails Workshop 2012 – Socorro, NM
- National Historic Trails Workshop 2010 – San Antonio, TX
Biennial National Scenic Trails Workshop
Scenic Trails highlight some of the country’s most spectacular natural landmarks and features. As stewards of these trails, building and maintaining these trails in some very remote locations with volunteer power presents many challenges to trail organizations. The National Scenic Trails workshop provides the opportunity to learn best practices in both physical trail building and maintenance and organizational development. Effective steward organizations have strong programs in communication, volunteer management, fundraising and leadership development. This is an opportunity to go in depth into the issues faced by trail organizations as they strive to complete and maintain the trails in these outstanding scenic corridors.
- Scenic Trails Workshop 2016 – Pensacola, FL (November 14th-18th)
- Scenic Trails Workshop 2014 – Tahoe City, CA
- Scenic Trails Workshop 2012 – Shepherdstown, WV
- Scenic Trails Workshop 2010 – Reisterstown, MD