September 2020
12 Resources for Building Trail Stewards

Use this library of resources, articles, and trainings to create an army of effective trail stewards.

Recreational Trail Program Funds Help Create Sign Language Program
Kartchner Caverns State Park provides tours that see over 150,000 people annually and the information that rangers provide on the tours is crucial to the experience. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has been missing out on a vital part of the experience, until now. Read more...
The National Recreation Trail (NRT) Annual Photo Contest is Open!
Time to highlight the incredible and diverse trails in our nation! We are accepting NRT photo contest entries until December 15, 2020. Read more...
How Permeable Pavers Make a Difference
Permeable Pavers provide stable, low-impact pathway through Rookery Bay Research Reserve. (Sponsored Content)
Student Conservation Association (SCA) Alumni Week (Sept. 21-26)
Mark your calendar for SCA's second annual Alumni Engagement Week! We're working hard to bring SCA alumni even more ways to make useful connections, acquire key industry knowledge, discover exciting career opportunities, and have a little fun. Read more…
Resources and Training

2021 Trails and Outdoor Recreation Summit (TORS) Update: New Fall 2021 Dates
With COVID-19 still being very much on the forefront in so many countries, including the United States, we have decided to push back the 2021 TORS to the Fall of 2021 (from the originally scheduled Spring dates of May 2021). The new 2021 TORS dates will be September 13-17, 2021. Read more…

Webinar – United States Forest Service Risk Assessment Guidance
Presented by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, this webinar will describe the new Forest Service guidance that will impact the way volunteers and others assess risk in projects. Read more...

Horsefriendly Zoning Practices in American Communities
Zoning is very important concept for horse community members to understand, because it effects how and where you may keep your horses, and even how they can be used within a community. Read more…

The Health Benefits of Motorized Trail Riding
Trail Riding promotes physical activity in those who might otherwise forego exercise altogether. All physical activity is beneficial. Read more...

Strategy and Plan of Action for the Water Trails Community
Water trails are a unique form of recreation in its simplest form it consists of floating with minor balance and navigation. However, the ability to reach the water’s edge is probably one of the largest obstacles to participation. Read more...

Training Calendar and Volunteer Opportunities
Check out our training calendar for upcoming conferences and events. You can also find volunteer opportunities here. If you have an opportunity for us to post, please email
Trail Marking Handbook Survey
The answers to these questions will be used to create a commonsense trail marking handbook for the people building and planning trails. Read more...
Seeking Learning Credits?
American Trails offers learning credits for our Advancing Trails Webinar Series, our International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, and other trail-related conferences, workshops, and webinars. Read more...
Featured Trail Industry Manufacturer: iZone Imaging
iZone Imaging is the trusted partner in providing durable signage and graphics from the only completely in-house manufacturing facility dedicated to producing CHPL (Custom High Pressure Laminate) products. Learn more about this company…

Featured Trail Job: Executive Director of the Florida Trail Association
The Executive Director will develop and provide a clear vision and action plan for the Board, staff and all stakeholders. They will target organizational stability, long-term viability, financial growth and independence going forward. Read more...
Advancing Trails Webinar Series
September 2020 Webinar Line-up

Check out our webinars taking place this month. All of the webinars are free, are recorded, include a closed caption transcript, and offer learning credits. Register or download a recording today…

Chance to win $50 REI Gift Card for Sept. 24 Webinar Attendees
The presenters for our upcoming September 24 webinar, Trail Marking Standards Across Varying Landscapes, want to ensure they have the most effective and relevant content in the webinar. They want to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions or tell us about unique challenges that you have experienced ahead of time. Everyone who completes this survey will be entered to win a $50 gift card from REI! Click here to take the survey…

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October 2020 Webinar Line-Up: New York State Partnership

American Trails is excited to partner with the New York State Recreation and Park Society Conference and select sessions that were cancelled due to COVID-19. These sessions will be held as part of the Advancing Trails Webinar Series in October 2020.

These webinars are free to the public, thanks to a generous sponsorship from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Recreational Trails Program, and the Federal Highway Administration.

October 1 Marks 100th Webinar! American Trails is excited to celebrate the 100th webinar in the Advancing Trails Webinar Series with the first webinar in the NY webinar series. Those that attend the live webinar on October 1 will have the chance to win fun giveaways. Be on the lookout for more details soon!

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Sponsor an American Trails Webinar to Reach 500-900 Attendees

There are only a few webinars up for grabs for our weekly webinar series through the remainder of 2020. Email to become a sponsor today. For a special rate of $2,000 if you mention this ad, sponsor an American Trails webinar to make it FREE to the public!

2020 Webinars Available for Sponsorship: