2023 International Trails Summit: Opening Keynote Announced

American Trails and the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) have joined forces to co-host the International Trails Summit (ITS) in Reno, Nevada during the week of April 17, 2023. ITS is a collaborative effort of the 25th International Trails Symposium and Training Institute and the Sustainable Trails Conference. This combined, high-impact event will convene a diverse trail and outdoor community to learn, build relationships, and find solutions to the challenges of developing and elevating outdoor recreation opportunities for all. The joint conference will also feature the World Trails Network – Hub for the Americas.

Opening Keynote Announced

American Trails and PTBA are excited to announce Ku Stevens as one of our keynote speakers for the International Trails Summit. Ku is a Reno local Citizen of the Year and organizer of the Frank Quinn Remembrance Run every summer. Frank Quinn was Ku’s grandfather who was taken from his Paiute family near Yerington, Nevada and boarded at the Stewart Indian School in Carson City. He escaped several times and ran 50 miles, crossing the Carson River and the Pine Nut Mountains, to get back to his home. The Remembrance Run follows Frank’s route, creating a direct connection to his experience.

We are excited to launch the conference on Monday, April 17 with Ku’s compelling story and the conversation on the myriad ways that trails connect us all to our shared cultural history. Read Ku’s story in a recent article in the Reno Gazette. Photo courtesy Jason Bean, Reno Gazette Journal

Registration Opens Mid-September

General registration opens in mid-September with the intention for agencies to be able to use 2022 funding before the end of the fiscal or calendar year. At that time, we will share some of the program details that are available. Optional offsite workshops and seminars, which are an additional fee, will be available at a later date.

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