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Annual Conference - Paynes Prairie

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Join us for our 2013 Annual Conference in historic Micanopy. The facility is located across from Paynes Prairie.

YMCA Camp McConnell - Facilities

Join FTA at the 2013 Annual Conference! Trails Don't Build Themselves

Camp McConnell Fire Ring

The Florida Trail Association would like to extend an invitation to join us at our 2013 Annual Conference, Trails Don't Build Themselves!

This year's event will be held at Camp McConnell in Micanopy, Florida on March 15-17, 2013. Registration began on January 14, 2013 and will close on March 11, 2013. There will also be registration at the event starting at 2 p.m. on March 15.

Rope Course

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!

On-Line registration is now open on the Florida Trail website at .

You can also download a hard copy to mail in, or we can mail you a copy of the registration form.

Dining Hall

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Trail Association at (352)[masked].

Check out the Annual Conference promo video!

Looking forward to a great conference and we hope to see you there!

-The Florida Trail Association

Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.

More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area´s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve.

Eight trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling, including the 16 mile long, paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. ( Fishing on Lake Wauberg is allowed and a boat ramp provides access for canoes and boats with electric motors. Gasoline powered boats are not allowed. Full-facility campsites are available for overnight visitors. Annual special events include Stargazing Party in January and Fire Fest in March. Other events and ranger programs are available on weekends, November through April.