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California Trails and Greenways Conference

April 22-24, 2015

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Online registrations will close Saturday, April 18th.
Walk-in registrations are welcome after April 18th.

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About the Conference
For more information on the Conference Proceedings, Visit our Registration Site!

The California Trails and Greenways Conference Awards acknowledge and show appreciation for worthy individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that, through their hard work, integrity and social responsibility, have made outstanding contributions to promote, enhance or expand public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California during the year.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Opening Keynote Speaker

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Evening Entertainment - Dinner

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Plenary Speaker

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Closing Plenary

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2015 Theme:
“Building Connections: Enhancing the Links between Communities and Trails”

• Preserving wilderness trails while introducing people to the magic of the outdoors
• Ensuring healthy ecosystems within open space through sustainable trail design
• Creating access and enhancing opportunities for trail use
• Building stronger communities while promoting active and healthy lifestyles by connecting people and places through trails
• Ensuring advocacy and protection of trails among the next generation of stewards
• Reconnecting children to nature through trails
• Improving the environmental and social health of communities through alternative transportation options
• Boosting local economies through local desirability and the promotion of trails as a tourist attraction
• Emphasizing regional thinking through community partnerships

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, and sustainable non-motorized trail systems. Since 1985, 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.

Ninety-five percent of past participants said the conference met or exceeded their expectations. Attendees included representatives from public agencies (51%), trail advocacy organizations (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!

Conference Award Winners 2008-2014

Concurrent sessions
offering 28 educational sessions in effective trail program management and funding opportunities.

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 provide hands-on learning opportunities with the latest technologies for trail development and maintenance.

Pre-Conference Workshops - April 22nd:
Mariposa Grove Trail Study


Horses & Trails Helping Heroes (Horse rental and ride optional)

Yosemite Valley Tour

Post-Conference Workshop - April 24th (no fee):
Becoming Compliant with Accessibility - Guidelines for Outdoor Areas

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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:
the conference supports the trails community while promoting your business, non-profit or agency. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily Williams, Executive Director with the California Trails Conference Foundation: (530) 562-7224 or click on this link: Becoming A Sponsor


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:
    • 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.