September | 2015 Issue 
Mike Hahn
Sign Up Today for the October 7th Webinar -
Delaware on a Virtual Byway Tour

Join the National Scenic Byway Foundation for the third in our 2015 series of exciting and educational webinars. Want to provide your byway visitors the ability to take a "virtual byway tour" and design their own personal route? Want to know how travelers can explore certain themes for their route based on their interests, Don't miss this webinar! Our presenters are Mike Hahn, the new Delaware Scenic and Historic Byways Coordinator within the Delaware Department of Transportation, and Ann Gravatt, the 31 year veteran Program Coordinator overseeing 6 state byways and now the Planning Supervisor for Transportation Alternatives, Byways, Federal Land Access Programs Statewide and Regional Planning. 
Ann Gravatt

In this webinar you will learn about Tagwhat and how it will provide a positive user experience with its ability to not only create a virtual byway, but to be an effective mobile touring device. You will learn how it is geo-referencing, or showing a traveler what is available locally, all in one application. And finally, you will understand how it allows travelers to access their social media like Facebook and Twitter without leaving the application. To sign up for this exciting experience REGISTER NOW
WHEN: 1 pm EDT , October 7, 2015 Online Webinar.

The webinar is sponsored by Corridor Solutions, serving byways across the nations.

Every Kid in the Park Pass
WASHINGTON - As part of President Obama's commitment to protect our nation's unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration formally launched the new Every Kid in a Park program.
Fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters - including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort administered in partnership with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Federal Highway Administration, while not directly in the partnership, endorses the concept and encourages all families to visit National Scenic Byway locations throughout the nation, many of which intersect with federal lands.

The program is part of an overall strategy by the Obama Administration to engage young people from all ages and all backgrounds with the great outdoors.  This includes the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, a bold national effort to put thousands of young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America's public lands and waters. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Outside initiative is committed to getting millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work in America's great outdoors.
Class Certificates proudly displayed
Field trip to Steel
Heritage Center


Byway Leader Training - "Best Education Session Ever!"   


By all accounts the 4 day, 30 hour, Byway Leader Training was a resounding success. Ten participants joined experienced Foundation trainers in exploring basics of the byway communities and sharing experiences of organization building and planning. The event was staged in Millersburg, Ohio. 

Sally Pearce and Deb Divine, NSBF co-executive directors, met one-on-one with each Byway Leader Training participant before the training began to go over their SWOT Analysis. This individualized approach proved most valuable for both instructors and participants to glean the right insights into specialized needs. Together with instructors Sharon Strouse and Chris Sieverdes, the team lead exercises on many topics. 

Along with working lunches filled with shared experiences, and a field trip to the Ohio & Erie Canalway, the byway leaders were also introduced to the many tools available in the National Scenic Byway Foundation Resource Library. The group connected with the resources and tools available in the NSBF library and website on topics such as wayfinding, intrinsic qualities, authentic experiences and volunteer management.

Among those achieving Certificates of Completion were: Mark McAdoo, TN; Lynette Lundy-Beck, NY; Rosann Fillmore, UT; Mike Hocker, OH; Sarah Focke, NE; Muriel Clark, NE; Joyce Chambers, IN; Jan Gammon, IA; Heather Smoak Urena, LA, and Tom Barrett, OH.   

As represented by the National Scenic Byway Foundation's new tag line - tools, training and support for byway leaders, participants said the Foundation really delivered. "The affordable cost and graciousness of trainers to care take of all participants was different and highly beneficial."  With such a positive response, more training is on the horizon for sure!

Contributed by Sharon Strouse, NSBF Vice Chair

The Cultural Traveler 2016 - Reserve by Oct 2nd

Some say The Cultural Traveler 2016 is the most cost efficient way to showcase unique cultural and heritage assets to visitors from throughout the world. Now there is a new optional China distribution. Rosemary McCormick of Shop America Alliance would love to see more involvement from Byways Partners. View the 2016 Media Kit for more information.

Contributed by Anaise Berry, Chair Branding and Product Development
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