American Trails

American Trails advances the development of diverse, high-quality trails and greenways for the benefit of people and communities. Through collaboration, education, and communication, American Trails raises awareness of the value these trail systems offer.

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Address: PO Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049
County: Shasta
Phone Number: 530-605-4395

The 2019 Emerging Trail Leaders Scholarship Program will bring 16 Emerging Leaders (young adults, age 21-28) to participate in the 2019 International Trails Symposium (ITS) and Training Institute (ITS) in Syracuse, New York April 28 to May 1, 2019. The program will immerse the scholarship recipients in learning best practices and trends in the field to help pave the path to careers in natural resource management. We welcome national and international applicants to apply.

The program will include:
• Engagement in discussions with career advisors
• Networking with Symposium participants
• Delivering a professional group presentation on the Symposium experience to an audience of up to 50 conference attendees
• Working together on a Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) trail service project
• Spending an entire day in the field in a variety of mobile workshops focusing on trail design, construction, maintenance, and opportunities to learn about visitor use and engagement

Involvement in the Symposium exposes young professionals to multi-generational dialogue about conservation and recreation. During past Emerging Trail Leaders programs, established resource professionals benefitted just as much from the exchange as the field looks to foster new leadership.

One scholarship is worth $2,500 and along with the above-mentioned items, it includes all travel expenses (flight and hotel) and a full registration (including meals).

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"Thank you! I wanted to express my gratitude for accepting me into the Emerging Trail Leaders Program. I also wanted to express my gratitude for making the program very memorable. I think it is a very special experience to be surrounded by such a great group of people, and beyond that, have the opportunity to expand my horizons and be exposed to all that we were exposed to during the Symposium. Although the program was intense, it allowed us to push ourselves in a unique way." --Brian Andersen, 2015 Emerging Trail Leader and 2019 Emerging Trail Leader Program Committee Member

"Being able to attend the ITS conference was an amazing way to kick start my professional network, and the camaraderie I built with the other emerging leaders made it an invaluable experience." --Caitlin Toner, 2017 Emerging Trail Leader and 2019 Emerging Trail Leader Program Committee Member

"Without a doubt, the ETL program was a great experience about trails. I am very grateful to these wonderful people who gave me the opportunity and thanks to them I have been learning the value, commitment and work that really takes the development of trails and parks." --Ale Turcios, 2017 Emerging Trail Leader, and current tourism professional and adventurer in El Salvador

"Through the Emerging Leaders Program I gained remarkable perspective on the many ways trails impact us and we impact trails, which has been incredibly valuable in pursuing my Masters of Urban and Regional Planning!" --Erin Daly, 2015 Emerging Trail Leader, and current graduate student

"Being part of Emerging Leaders was a great opportunity to meet other young, inspiring people in my field and to realize just how many different businesses, agencies, and organizations really make up the "trails world." --Amanda Wheelock, 2017 Emerging Trail Leader, and current Marketing & Communications Specialist at the Continental Divide Trail Coalition