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Take a Hike Message Board › 13th National Scenic and Historic Trails CONFERENCE

13th National Scenic and Historic Trails CONFERENCE

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13th National Scenic and Historic Trails CONFERENCE
Save the Date and Join a Planning Committee!
May 15-19, 2011 ~ Abingdon, VA
Greetings, National Trails Enthusiasts!

The Partnership for the National Trails System is in the early stages of developing the 13th Conference on National Scenic and Historic Trails hosted by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association in Abingdon, Virginia. May 15-19, 2011. Mark your calendars and plan on attending!

This Conference is expected to be the biggest and best yet of the NSHT Conferences, and it is scheduled to give participants an opportunity to be a part of the Nation's largest hiking festival, Damascus Trail Days, located only a short distance from the conference location, prior to the beginning of the conference.

We are currently recruiting committee members from Trail Organizations and Federal Agency Managers to join the conference planning committees.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY OF THE COMMITTEES WILL BE STARTING VERY SOON: EARLY SEPTEMBER. We need to get moving quickly on this Conference to make it fabulous!

Attached is a document that outlines the different committees and their roles.

The Committees are:

Conference Program
Conference Field Trips & Community Service Project
Conference Communications, Marketing & Outreach
Conference Youth Programming
Conference On-the-Ground Support
Conference Audio-Visual Coordination

>>> Committee Descriptions are listed in the yellow area below and are also attached as a Word document. Click for Committee Descriptions Word Document.

Please consider helping shape the program and activities of this conference by joining a committee. We request that all individuals volunteering to join the committees plan to attend the conference.

Please contact Julia Glad at if you are interested in joining one of the committees listed.

From your friends at PNTS,

Gary Werner, Julia Glad, Laura Stoez and Lis Wessel


Conference Program ACTIVE: SEPTEMBER 2010- MAY 2011
This committee will determine the theme, topics, and focus and develop the program of the conference. They will identify key desired outcomes, establish topics or tracks, and identify potential speakers based on the identified themes and outcomes. Members of this committee will then be responsible for contacting speakers and presenters and negotiating contract terms. This committee will also collaborate with the Conference Field Trips and Community Service Project Committee to identify and plan experiential learning programs (field trips) and will work with the Audio-Visual committee to ensure A/V needs are suited to program needs.

Conference Field Trips and Community Service Project
This committee will organize field trips and a community service project, including necessary transportation, and collaborate with the Conference Program Committee on experiential learning programs (field trips) to create the overall conference schedule.

Conference Communications, Marketing and Outreach

This committee will be responsible for communications and outreach prior to, during, and following the 13th Conference. Communications will include conference branding and marketing strategies, correspondence with local and national media, community outreach, programming or materials related to Damascus Trail Days, and any promotional product development. This committee will also be involved with identifying potential sponsors and vendors and will collaborate with the logistics committee regarding promotional spaces. Members of this committee will develop the printed and web-published promotional materials and information packet distributed to attendees.

Conference Youth Programming ACTIVE: SEPTEMBER 2010 - MAY 2011
The goal of the Youth Programming Committee is to facilitate youth engagement during the Conference and maintain contact with selected youth after the Conference. This committee will build on experience gained during the 12th NSHT Conference in Missoula to shape desired outcomes, create youth-specific conference programming, facilitate involvement and participation in general conference sessions and events, and build strong relationships between apprentices and other conference attendees. It is critical that there be a least a 2-3 Trails Apprentices who attended the conference in Missoula on the committee to share their perspectives and ideas.

Conference On-Ground Support ACTIVE: FEBRUARY 2011 - MAY 2011
This committee will recruit and organize volunteers to assist with on-site registration and other basic support services for the Conference, such as set-up, take-down, transportation, and information distribution.

Conference Audio-Visual Coordination ACTIVE: MARCH 2011 - MAY 2011
This committee will be responsible for ensuring necessary A/V equipment is managed, secured, and maintained appropriately so that various segments of the conference run smoothly. They will coordinate any necessary adjustments and replacements on-site.

Conference Steering Committee SEPTEMBER 2011 - MAY 2011
The Conference Steering Committee will integrate work of the six committees listed above, coordinate the event as a whole, and make major conference planning decisions. The Steering Committee will be comprised of a member of each of the other committees, federal agency managers and PNTS staff.

Each committee should be meeting at least once a month starting in September. Each committee will have at least one PNTS staff member for support, but it is encouraged that there be a non-PNTS staff point person for each

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