Past Meetup

Florida Trail Annual Conference 3/15-3/17

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YMCA Camp McConnell

210 SE 134th Avenue · Micanopy, FL

How to find us

Look for FTA and YMCA signs

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Annual Conference

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. The Conference is held in different locations throughout the state and always includes presentations, demonstrations, auctions, raffles, trail updates, exhibits, hikes, paddles, and more. 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. 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 ( the 2013 Annual Conference!

Click here to register for the conference on-line (

Click here for downloadable paper registration form (

Just a note of explanation on the pricing structure:

The camp is charging us per person for the weekend on accomodations, so we need to charge participants for the weekend - whether you are staying 1 night or 2 nights. Thanks for understanding.

You will be asked to pay a registration fee - this fee goes to FTA to help defray the cost of organizing the conference - paying for the registration system, providing materials, renting/purchasing additional equipment, etc.
You will also need to select one of the Site Options - this fee (either day use or overnight stay) goes to the camp for the use of their site.
The day use fee includes Saturday lunch. You do not have to eat it, but you may not exclude it.
Meal options are:
1) no meals
2) lunch only (with the day use option)
3) all 4 meals.
There are no a la carte meal options.
The list of activities included on the registration form are only those conference activities which have either additional (discounted) fees or for which there are specific limits on the number of participants. There will be many demos, presentations, walks, and workshops available at the conference that do not require pre-registration.
Conference activity descriptions coming soon.