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Emily Williams, Executive Director & Conference Co-Chair
California Trails Conference Foundation
(530) 562-7224

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California State Parks' Roads and Trails Program: 

Riverside Convention Center 

A conference rate of $125.00 ++ has been secured at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, located one block from the Riverside Convention Center at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside CA 92501. To make your reservation call 800-843-7755 x 850 and reference the 2016 California Trail & Greenways Conference, or you can make your reservation online at using the group code CTCFO041216. To reserve pre or post nights, call the reservation center. This special rate is available until March 17, so make your reservations early!

April 6-8, 2016

Riverside Convention Center
 3637 Fifth Street
Riverside, California 92501

Presented by
a California Corporation as agent for the City of Riverside


The 31st annual California Trails & Greenways Conference provides three days of high-quality education and networking opportunities for urban, rural and backcountry trail professionals. Join leading trail experts for training and discussions on the latest advances in trail design, construction, maintenance, interpretation, volunteerism and management. Explore new, collaborative opportunities and engage in productive, meaningful and inspiring dialog.



Loving Our Trails to Death
Modern trail managers are facing unprecedented challenges.  Public demand, urban encroachment, shrinking budgets, and climate change are all taking their toll on California's trail system.  It's time to harness the public's passion to create the trail stewards of tomorrow.  Join us and explore the innovative ways trail managers are addressing the challenges of today through education, conservation, and collaboration.

Conference Theme
The conference provides opportunities to:
- Network with and talk directly to California's leading trail experts;
- Collaborate with and find new partners to build support for trail endeavors;
- Learn a full range of trail management, design, and construction topics in high-quality, innovative sessions;
- Experience hands-on learning through day-long field workshops;
- Explore exhibits featuring innovative trail-related products and services;
- Strengthen your ability to effectively design, build, manage and promote California's trails;
- Be inspired through keynote and plenary speakers and innovative trail projects throughout the state.

All activities are designed to increase the knowledge of trail, recreation and wild land management to improve non-motorized, recreational and heritage trail systems and programs throughout California.
This endeavor by California State Parks and the (nonprofit) California Trails Conference Foundation helps ensure effective trail stewardship for generations to come.

For planning purposes, we anticipate that the conference registration will open on February 10th, and will cost around $310 to register for the full conference at the early bird rate, plus room costs of $151++ per night standard (not including parking fees).

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Conference Award Winners
Years 1994-2015

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.

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Featured Speakers and Entertainers:

Wednesday, April 13Rue Mapp
Our Keynote Speaker is Rue Mapp, Founder of Outdoor Afro, a non-profit organization reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. Outdoor Afro provides opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. This important work has generated widespread national recognition and support. Rue has captured the attention and imagination of millions through a multi-media approach, grounded in personal connections and community organizing. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro is now recognized by major organizations for the importance of diversity in the outdoors. For more about Rue Mapp, click here.

Rick Gunn montage
Thursday, April 14
Get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images from a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet. For more about Rick Gunn, click here.



Alta Planning and Design
Alta creates active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. We are committed to transforming communities one trip, one step, one street, park, trail, and intersection at a time.

California Trails and Greenways Foundation
We are trail and greenway advocates working to create a strong coalition of non-motorized trail users in California. We assist with the annual trails conference, and offer a grants that supports trail projects.

Bureau of Land Management
The BLM authorizes renewable energy production, mining, grazing, timber harvesting and other uses while balancing conservation efforts to ensure our natural, recreational, historical and cultural resources are protected and available for future generations. 


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