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2015 Trails and Greenways Conference

April 22-24, 2015

THANK YOU for contributing to the success of the 2014 conference!

2015 Award Winners

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

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.

    • 2015 Conference Sessions (click to view)

      Accessibility Workshop for Outdoor Developed Areas - Part 1 
      Outdoor Recreation Trails and Access Routes - Part 2
      Outdoor Constructed Features - Part 3
      The Developed Outdoor Recreation Assessment Process (DORAP) - Part 4
      How to Communication Access Through Signage - Part 5
      Implementing a Transition Plan - Part 6

      Accessibility Guidelines - Part 1, Section 42, Trails
      Accessibility Guidelines - Part 2, Section 44, Vista Points & Overlooks
      Accessibility Guidelines for Trail Design and Construction

      Accessible Trail Links

      Adaptive Engagement for Diverse Communities

      Building New Connections and Creating Community Trail Projects for Youth

      Building Community Through Trails

      Design and Build a Trail Worth Traveling To

      Designating and Changing Trail Uses in CSP

      HETAP-UTAP - Part 1, Introduction and Overview Visuals
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 2, Making the Measurements
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 3, Tool Function & Calibration
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 4, Main Screen Visuals
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 5, Application and Dissemination
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 6, Questions Visuals
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 7, Data Management
      HETAP-UTAP - Part 8, Summary

      International Mountain Bicycling Association

      Interagency, Interactive Trails:

      Kids in Parks

      Learning Landscapes - Lunch Plenary

      LiDAR and GIS for Trail Design

      Los Angeles County Trails Website

      Making Connections Between Trail and Health Professionals

      Maximizing Volunteers for Trailwork

      Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

      Opinions and Beliefs About Outdoor Recreation in California

      Partnership Based Urban Trail Projects - LA Basin and Beyond

      Partnerships: How They Create the California Coastal Trail

      Queens Way and the 606 - Rail to Trail Conversion Projects

      Roads to Trails - Less is More: Part 1
      Roads to Trails - Less is More: Part 2
      Roads to Trails - Less is More: Part 3
      Roads to Trails - Less is More: Part 4

      San Jose Trails

      Santa Clara County Countywide Trails

      Sharing Youth Voices - Breakfast Plenary

      Sustainable Trail Construction Techniques

      The Muir Ramble Route: Outdoor Classroom
      The Muir Ramble Route: Urban Backpacking

      The Power of Collective Impact: The San Francisco Bay Trail

      The Power of Collective Impact in Creating Regional Trails

      The Public Agency Perspective: Why Provide Correct Trail Information on the Internet?

      Trails and Agriculture: Bridging Productive and Recreational Landscapes

      Urban Trails - Connecting Cities to Nature: Part 1
      Urban Trails - Connecting Cities to Nature: Part 2 
      Urban Trails - Connecting Cities to Nature: Part 3

      Urban Wild - Trailblazing in Los Angeles

      Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol Screening & Monitoring

      Whose Trail is This Anyways? Planning, Designing & Maintaining Trails in Collaboration (LA Co.)
      Whose Trail is This Anyways? Planning, Designing & Maintaining Trails in Collaboration (Placeworks 2)
      Whose Trail is This Anyways? Planning, Designing & Maintaining Trails in Collaboration (Placeworks 3)

      Why Think About Safety and Sustainability? How are These "Partners" Part 1
      Why Think About Safety and Sustainability? How are These "Partners" Part 2
      Why Think About Safety and Sustainability? How are These "Partners" Part 3

      With Patience, Persistence & Passion, Trails Can Happen