2021 Virtual National Trails Workshop — November 1–4, 2021

Save the Date: November 1 – 4, 2021

Join us from the convenience of your home or office for presentations and interactive sessions focused on:

  • Conserving Trail Lands
  • Collaboration and Engagement
  • Strengthening Organizations and Partnerships
Schedule and Sessions
    • Session topics will include America the Beautiful on Trails, Conservation Corps, the Native Act, trail case studies on working with Native communities, storytelling, and more
    • All sessions will be held virtually
    • Generally, sessions will be held between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM ET.
    • Program and registration details coming soon.
Registration will open in summer 2021.

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Previous Workshops


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. 

The video recordings are available to the public on the Workshop Final Program page and directly on YouTube .

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.

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.