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2013 Annual FTA Conference: “Trails Don’t Build Themselves!”

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March 15-17, 2013 Annual FTA Conference: “Trails Don’t Build Themselves!”

Each spring, the Florida Trail Association holds its Annual Meeting to elect new Board members and officers. But equally important, we build a Conference around that meeting so we may meet to have fun and learn from each other and from folks outside of FTA. A variety of hikes, nature walks, presentations, demonstrations and tours are among some of the exciting events planned for this memorable weekend full of the great outdoors! With over 30 activities to choose from, you can shape your own conference experience. Carpool to Micanopy for an historic tour of the town. Head to the University of Florida campus for a special tour of the Florida Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest or stay at the camp and enjoy presentations on hiking trails, nature programs and how-to workshops, or just enjoy socializing and catching up with your fellow FTA members!

This year’s highlights include:
Greg Stephens, renowned Florida wildlife photographer,
John Waldron, executive director of Florida Outdoor Recreation Council (FLORC)
Tours of the Butterfly Rainforest, Cross Creek, & Morningside Nature Center
Presentations on trails and nature topics
The return of the FTA Wine Garden
Friday night dessert pot luck
Nature walks, history walks, hikes
Sunday bike ride & paddle
Hiking How-To’s
State of the Trail report & FNST workshop

TRAILS DON’T BUILD THEMSELVES is the theme for the 2013 Annual Conference. We all know that trails don’t build themselves, but what does it really take to build a hiking trail the length of Florida? Join us as we explore the many facets of our FTA Mission.

The Conference will be held March 15-17, 2013 at YMCA Camp McConnell ( The camp is located minutes off I-75 between Gainesville and Micanopy, FL and is directly across US 441 from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park which will host many of our nature walks. The camp has a large grassy field for tent camping and RV’s (no hookups) and 4 new bunk houses. You can also make your own arrangements at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park ( If you prefer not to ‘rough it’ make your motel/hotel reservations soonest because this is the same weekend as Gator Nationals in Gainesville and motel rooms are filling quickly.

Check out FTA’s promo video ( for the 2013 Annual Conference!
Click here ( to register for the conference on-line
Click here ( for downloadable paper registration form

Online registration will close on March 11, 2013, BUT deadline for meal orders is March 7th.
There will also be on-site registration at the event starting at 2 p.m. on March 15.

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Trail Association at[masked]-3352.

Come have fun and bring your family, friends and neighbors!

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