Iowa Trails Summit 2019



Thursday, Oct. 10

Ride the Volksweg Trail!

The ride will begin and end at the Cellar Peanut Pub (629 Franklin St., Pella). Meet in front of the pub at 4:30 p.m. A reception will be held at the Cellar Peanut Pub beginning at 7 p.m. You do not need to ride or walk the trail to attend the reception.

The ride will be roughly 22 miles with options to turn around sooner. A 1-1.5 hour walk option for those that would rather not ride but still want to experience the trail.

People are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets. Pella does have a bike share option available.

Friday, Oct. 11

Location: Central College Maytag Student Center  |  Broadway St., Pella, IA

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. General Session

From City to State - How to Advocate for Your Trail Project
Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa State Director

This is an interactive large group session where you will learn how to advocate for your trail project from policy influencers and leaders. You will also have the opportunity to connect with similar projects champions in your region and strategize ways to work together for larger success.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Morning Breakout Sessions:

Want a Trail? Development and Fundraising

We will discuss overall development strategy and organizational structure and dig into what a successful trail group looks like. Representatives from public and private funding groups will highlight available programs, give advice on applications and documentation. 

Have a Trail? Maintenance and Stewardship

Established trail groups will talk about best practices and standards for partnerships on multi-jurisdictional trails. Innovative solutions, tools and resources for maintaining your trail will be discussed. 

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch and Networking

1 – 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Want a Trail? Planning and Land Acquisition

What do you need to know about land acquisition--legal and real estate considerations from seemingly straightforward rail-trails to working with multiple private landowners to create a corridor. Discuss ways to phase a project to break it into manageable chunks, obtain cost estimates, and work with engineers and funding sources to stay within their guidelines. 

Have a Trail? Marketing and Promotion

If you build it, they will come--maybe. How to effectively brand and promote your trail, even on a minimal budget. Event building strategies from statewide experts to create an experience that will keep people coming back for more. 

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 4 p.m. General Session

Working with Volunteers Throughout All Phases of Your Trail

Volunteers are the backbone to trail development in Iowa. They can play a role in the fundraising and development of a project, management and maintenance of a finished corridor, or be your marketing champions. During this large group session you’ll hear from a panel of experienced leaders on how they effectively use volunteers to further their project goals.