DAYTON — Whatever kind of trail you enjoy, the 2017 International Trails Symposium (ITS) has you covered. Whether you love to cycle, paddle, hike, ride horses, or learn about aviation history, there’s a trail—and an experience—for you.
Sponsored by American Trails, the 2017 ITS will be held across the Dayton region May 7-10 and be based at the Dayton Convention Center. ITS will feature more than 80 presentations, field trips and workshops. This biennial symposium is the premier opportunity for the worldwide trails community to come together to experience regional trails and advocate for the economic and environmental power of trails.
“In my opinion, Dayton is the nation’s best, undiscovered trail town,” says Mike Passo, executive director of American Trails. “An extensive paved trails network, a strong network of public and private partners, and that ‘never-take-no-for-an-answer’ Ohio attitude is coming together to make the 2017 ITS the must-see trails event of the year. “
Among the workshops will be:
Link Bike Share Tour of Dayton: Using the Link Bike Share system, this 10-mile guided bicycle ride of Dayton will give you an opportunity to learn about Dayton’s rich history and exciting attractions.
Yellow Springs – Bike or Hike: Experience this small destination town where the Little Miami Scenic Trail has brought significant economic benefit, and business owners have embraced the trail town concept. Bike to Young’s Dairy or hike the Glen Helen Nature Preserve and then regroup at the Yellow Springs Brewery.
Miamisburg – Paddle, Pedal, and Partnership: Paddle 2.5 miles down the Great Miami River, a state and national water trail, and pedal 2 miles back to the bustling historic downtown Miamisburg, which sits adjacent to the water and paved trails. Then take a walking tour of downtown to hear about the many changes since Miamisburg’s inception in 1818. Afterward, learn how partnerships and initiatives to incorporate the trails and an active lifestyle have spurred the downtown to new life.
Dayton’s Aviation History: Learn how aviation history sites in Dayton are taking advantage of the region’s extensive paved trails system. You’ll travel by coach bus to Orville Wright’s mansion, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the Wright Aviation Center and more.
Touring the Equine Trail System at Caesar Creek: Ride a portion of the horse trails at the Caesar Creek Ohio State Park, observing and discussing the installation and maintenance of equine single track and multi-user trails.
Trail Construction – Cost Realities: One of the most challenging elements of trail planning is budgeting. Learn the basic factors associated with trail construction cost estimates. Use a simple spreadsheet to calculate the cost of a sample project, and identify the risks and uncertainties in cost estimating.
Ohio residents will receive a 40-percent discount registration rate of $300, plus varying costs for the workshops.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.americantrails.org/2017. More information can also be found on social media by following facebook.com/americantrails.org or twitter.com/American Trails.