The sun has set on another great Trails Conference and we want to thank everyone that was able to participate! We hope you found value in the networking, exchange of ideas, and community we shared in Wenatchee. We certainly enjoyed the chance to meet many of you and learn more about Washington State trails and their many passionate supporters!
Check out the event recap to learn more.
The board of WSTC is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Washington State Trails Awards! Trail users around the state, and our many out of state visitors, owe a debt of gratitude for the hard work of the winning individuals and organizations – and to the many others as yet unrecognized!
Take a look at this years winners and make sure to say “Thanks!” if you know them!
WSTC is excited to announce that Glenn Nelson, founder of The Trail Posse, will be the conference’s keynote speaker on Saturday, Oct 27th. Glenn Nelson is the founder of The Trail Posse, a nonprofit project to cover race and equity in the outdoors. He is an award-winning writer and photographer, a passionate birder and hiker, a proud husband and father, and a lover of the arts, especially ballet.
The topic of Glenn’s talk will be “We Are Outside, Damnit!” From Glenn – “One of the pervasive false narratives of the outdoors—that people of color are not in it because they are somehow disinclined to be—is used to justify why non-whites are not subjects of advertisements, don’t frequent public lands, or are not leaders in the conservation movement. Allowing this disconnect to play out as exclusionary does not bode well for a country undergoing rapid demographic change and escalating environmental challenges.”
The 2018 WSTC Trails Conference is only days away and we’ve posted the Final Conference Program as well as a description of the conference Field Sessions.
If you haven’t already registered for the WSTC Trails Conference act now of you’ll miss out on Washington’s only statewide trails conference!
Early Registration for the 2018 WSTC Trails Conference has been extended through September 22nd! Save almost 20% off the admission price by booking today. Registration includes 2 days of conference attendance, meals, admission to the reception at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, and a mixer on Thursday evening for those who arrive early. Additional tickets to the reception are also available for purchase if you’d like to bring a guest. So register today because prices go up after September 22nd.
While you’re at the 2018 Trails Conference in Wenatchee, or if you just want to celebrate trails with like minded people, join us on Friday, Oct 26th for a reception at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. The evening is a great opportunity to mingle and share stories while enjoying complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and drinks. The highlight of the evening will be celebrating the award of our 2nd WSTC Trails Awards in the categories of Lifetime Service, Trail Leader, Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Trail. Admission to the reception is included with your paid conference registration, additional tickets for guests are available for a small fee.
You won’t want to miss the 2018 Trails Conference in Wenatchee and if you’re going to be staying overnight then the adjacent Coast Hotel has discounted pricing for conference attendees. There are a limited number of rooms available at these special prices so make sure you book early!
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We want to thank our Gold Level Sponsors for stepping up to support the 2018 Trails Conference! We couldn’t do it without their help.
It’s not too late for your organization to become a supporter of the Conference and Washington State trails! Learn more about the benefits and download the brochure.
The Washington State Trails Coalition is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our WSTC 2018 Trails Awards. Presented at our biennial Trails Conference, these awards recognize the efforts and achievements of exceptional individuals, organizations, and land managers who are working to make the trails of Washington State the nation’s best. To make your nominations download the WSTC 2018 Awards Nomination Form and submit all materials via email by September 15, 2018. Please submit only one nomination per email.
Register now so that you don’t miss out on the 2018 WSTC Trails Conference Leading the Way !
In 2016 our conference, Creating Community – Connecting Communities, brought together hundreds of participants from all over Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Held in Richland, the conference boasted 36 breakout sessions, and multiple field visits to nearby trails. Attendees represented all levels of government, from federal agency staff to local park districts; non-profit organizations; Tribal governments; business firms and consultants; trail users; students and conservation corps members.
Session speakers brought their expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds, representing many state and local parks and trails organizations, youth groups, technology industries, WSDOT, the US Forest Service, and the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, along with many more.
Best of all, every Trails Conference provides a great opportunity to learn, to connect with other trail supporters and advocates, and to have a great time! See what some of the 2014 attendees had to say about the value of attending that conference.
We are proud of what we accomplished with our 2016 conference, and look forward to continuing on the same track of excellence at our 2018 Conference in Wenatchee, WA. We hope you won’t miss out on the opportunity and that you’ll register now!
Remember to mark your calendars for the Trails Conference at the Wenatchee Convention Center, October 25-27, 2018.