California Trails and Greenways Conference

2014 California Trails & Greenways Conference

Visit the Registration Site for information on the conference proceedings, such as Program Schedule, Information on the Keynote Speaker, Session Descriptions and more! CLICK HERE to visit our registration page!

April 8th - 10th, 2014 at the Riviera in Palm Springs!

This Year's Theme
Interpretation --Conveying Values, Promoting Stewardship, Creating Legacies
With several significant trail related anniversaries taking place in 2014, the California Trails & Greenways Conference will explore how volunteers, advocates and agencies can convey trails' values in a manner that will promote support as a treasured legacy for generations to come.

Those of us who know trails understand that these pathways do more than simply lead us to a destination. In many ways they are themselves a destination -- filled with history, mystery, nature, lessons and awe -- sometimes subtle, sometimes as brilliant as the moon.

For those yet to be touched by trails' magic, how can we effectively convey to them the quiet, but life essential values trails' provide? How do we relay compelling stories that will truly be heard by our peers and neighbors, our elected representatives, our children and grandchildren? How do we provide clear, consistent messages of trails' benefits, and why stewardship and financial support are worthy investments?

Join us, as we explore a wide range of interpretive tools and techniques for effectively conveying our trail stories, while also addressing a diverse range of trail topics in order to firmly establish trail legacies for the future.

The 29th California Trails & Greenways Conference will be held April 8th - 10th, 2014 located the Riviera in sunny Palm Springs. A special lodging rate has been secured for those referencing the "California Trails & Greenways Conference". For more information on last years' conference offerings, such as program schedule, educational sessions, workshops, keynote speakers, visit our 2013 Trails & Greenways Conference page.

Click HERE to go to the California Trails Conference Foundation's new web page or go to

The California Trails & Greenways Conference provides trail professionals, advocates, volunteers and users with a venue for sharing practical, up-to-date trail management and advocacy skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, inter-connected, sustainable non-motorized trail systems. For 29 years, this investment of knowledge by California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation has helped ensure trail stewardship and leadership for generations to come.

The conference is highly productive: 95% of 2013 participants' reasons for attending the Conference were  satisfied. These attendees were public agencies 51%, representatives of trail advocacy organization 38% and trails related businesses 9%. That's proof that, even in really tough budget years, agencies and not-for-profit organizations find this training invaluable!

Concurrent sessions offering valuable lessons in effective trail program management that stretches public dollars further. Learn about successful strategies and funding mechanisms that can help your trails prosper.

Networking opportunities linking trail leaders in the community and government so they can partner to solve the most difficult issues. Need a professional trail mentor? Join us!

Workshops providing hands-on learning opportunities not available elsewhere. Explore and discuss solutions that are working now. Learn how others have addressed the same on-the-ground challenges you face.

The California Trails and Greenways Conference Awards is how we like to acknowledge and show appreciation for worthy individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that, through their hard work, integrity and social responsibility, have made outstanding contributions that promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California during calendar year 2013. Nominations are now closed, however, if you are interested in the award categories and eligibility requirements, Click Here. Award recipients will be notified by march 17th, 2014; and will receive recognition at the Conference's Awards Dinner on April 9th, 2014. 

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The Conference happens because of you. Trail leaders from throughout the state contribute generously to our success and reap benefits for years to come. Don’t miss these opportunities to be more visible:

Sponsoring the conference supports the trails community while promoting your business, non-profit or agency to trail professionals and advocates that influence recreation policies and investments throughout California. Contact Lauralee at or toll-free at 1-877-776-3619. CLICK HERE to get more information on sponsorship opportunities

Exhibit your products and services to trail professionals and advocates! Reinforce your market presence to agency staff and community leaders with direct contracting authority. Network efficiently and effectively by becoming a Conference Exhibitor! Contact Lauralee tollfree at 1-877-776-3619 or by email at

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Students, CCC & YCC members - on a tight budget? The student rate allows you to attend conference sessions and enjoy a networking meal. To qualify for the student rate you must show proof of being a full-time student at a bona fide learning institution. Welcome to a great learning experience!!


The interactive conference forum meets California State Parks mandate under the Public Resources Code 5070.5 by providing:

• High quality, innovative sessions covering the full range of trail topics, including current issues facing the trails community;
• Day-long pre-conference workshops with hands-on learning;
• Opportunities to network with other trail advocates to build support for local and statewide trail systems; and
• Exhibits of innovative trail-related products and services.

Training trail professionals and community leaders advances the following state and federal programs:
 The California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
 California’s Climate Plan AB 32/SB 375 Transportation Goals
 California State Parks Accessibility Program 
 Strategic Growth Council SB 732 
 Governor’s Fitness Challenge
 National Park Service National Trails System Act 
 Facilities planning to meet The Americans with Disabilities Act 
 National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund 
 US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Roads and Trails Program 
 Safe Routes to Schools 
 National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program 
 Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program
 Bureau of Land Management National Scenic and Historic Trails 
USDA Forest Service Recreation Programs
 US DOT, HUD and EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities
 First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move campaign

For more information on the purpose and history of the California Trails & Greenways Conference, click here. For information on past conferences, including links to plenary and educational sessions, click here

Questions about the Conference? 
Please contact
Lauralee Svendsgaard,
California Trails Conference Foundation
Executive Director
toll-free at 1-877-776-3619
or Statewide Trails Section
staff at

A big "THANK YOU" to all of our generous supporter and partner agencies! Without them, we wouldn't have such a successful conference.

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

California Trails and Greenways Foundation


California State Parks Foundation

Marin County Parks

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Bureau of Land Management


Back Country Horsemen of California

LSA Associates, INC.

U.S. Forest Service

State Coastal Conservancy

CoastWalk California

California Coastal Trail Association


International Mountain Bicycling Association

Architerra Design Group

Alta Planning + Design

RRM Design Group

Delta Protection Commission

Konocti Regional Trails

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space


Tuolomne County Transportation Council

Ascent Environmental

Desert Arabian Horse Association