World Trails Network – International
Monthly Newsletter, May 2022

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World Trails Conference
The conference is our primary initiative as a network, and with less than 5 months to go our newsletter will now feature conference news upfront, with announcements and updates. 
Logo Announcement 
Finally, here it is!

We are excited to release our logo for the conference designed by Theodora Mantzaris. The design encapsulates elements of Skiathos where the conference will be held, and implies movement and how trails connect us to nature and culture.
Trails Talk – May 12, 2022
Everything you need to know to attend the World Trails Conference

DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2022
TIME: 1:00pm-2:00pm UTC
What options are there for choosing how to arrive to Skiathos, Greece? What do I need to know if I wish to present at a session? How can I get get involved? 

As official registration for the World Trails Conference in Skiathos Greece opens, there are a lot of details to attend do and likely many questions to answer. We've assembled a panel to cover all aspects of the conference and help you be ready to arrive this September. Hear from past participants about how attending changed their professional goals, learn about how sponsorship helps make the conference accessible, how to sign up on our exciting trail journeys, and more.  

In discussion with:
  • Mayor Thodoris, Welcome to Skiathos, Greece
  • Paraskevi Anthopoulou, Logistics for Arrival & Departure
  • Maya Karkour, Pre-Conference Trail Journeys in Greece
  • Catherine Smart, Sponsorship Needs & Opportunities
  • Julian Gray, Why the Conference is Valuable for Trail Organizations
  • Jay Simpson, World Trails Film Festival
  • Galeo Saintz, Conference Programme
Register for this Informative Trails Talk
*Note: Trails Talks have moved to the 2nd Thursdays of each month moving forward. 
For updated calendar information, please re-register above and add it to your calendar. 
Time to Complete Registration and Pay for Conference Tickets 
Earlybird prices end 1 July 2022

Members of World Trails Network pay this discounted rate for the conference, so if you are not a member, join now. If you have pre-registered, we will be sending you a direct payment link via email or you can pay for your conference ticket here now. Earlybird rates are +/- $86 for network members and $110 for none members. After July 1, 2022 members will pay $110 and non-members $140. Virtual attendance is free for members and $35 for non-members. 

>> Pay for Conference Ticket
2022 Trail Ambassadors at the Conference
Applications Now Open — Young Leaders for Trails
The World Trails Network and its International Task Team on Trails & Knowledge are seeking inaugural delegates for the Trails Ambassador program, a  global collaboration of young leaders contributing to trails from around the world. Applicants must be 21-35 years old to qualify and are encouraged to apply by June 15, 2022 as scholarships for the World Trails Conference are limited.

>> Apply to be a 2022 Trail Ambassador
Explore the Accommodation and Travel Options
Special conference accommodation at discounted prices ready to book
Hotel information and advice for arrival and departure to Skiathos is now available on the conference website. These pages are frequently updated with the latest information and special deals. 

>> Plan your travel and accommodation now

Trail Flags at the Opening Ceremony
Order your custom designed trail flag and be part of a remarkable event 
Inviting all trail organizations to design their own custom-art trail flag to be hoisted at the conference. These unique Trail Flags are yours to take home afterwards and fly at your trail headquarters or other events. Deadline for flags is 1 June 2022. 

>> Order your custom flag today

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities 
Show your support and put your brand out there!
Your contribution will help make the 2022 World Trails Conference more accessible and diverse by off-setting the costs for youth to attend and allowing us to ensure this event remains sustainable. See our

>> Sponsor Options & Benefits

Be On the Stage 
Speaker proposals deadline is June 13, 2022
Submitting materials for the World Trails Conference is encouraged to contribute to the programming of sessions and conversations, workshops and dialogues. See our guidelines at the link below. 

>> Guidelines for Proposals

A Truly Unique Conference Venue 
Imagine a venue in an old fort with open-air theatre and sea all around
The conference will take place on Bourtzi, a small peninsula in Skiathos town harbor surrounded by trees, where an old Venetian fortress is now the backdrop for a cultural centre and open-air theatre.

>> Take a look on Google Maps

Visit the World Trails Conference website for all official details and information and use #WorldTrailsConference on social media to connect with other attendees.

Projects . International Task Teams . Regional Hubs
Updates from our global initiatives connecting trails 
World Trails Day 
Saturday June 4, 2022
In 2016 at the close of the World Trails Conference in Tottori, Japan, it was agreed by delegates from some 35 plus countries to create a global day celebrating trails around the world. 

Historically trail managers across North America and Europe have celebrated National Trails Day and International Trails Day around this time of year. Without infringing on these initiative and opening up a global space for celebrating trails and to give a clear message about the value of trails and the people who look after them we have launched World Trails Day.

In June 2021 the World Trails Network co-hosted a G7 World Trails Summit which was attended by over 200 participants across five continents. At the meeting it was agreed that we would pursue international recognition of the first Saturday in June as World Trails Day by the UN. 

The focus of World Trails Day may take many forms, but one key one is the volunteers who help create and maintain trails around the world. 

To read more about how this day came about and for ideas of how to celebrate it in your community, read our blog here.

  • DATE: June 4, 2022
  • LOCATION: Your local trail, trail organization, 
  • PURPOSE: Celebrate trails and those who volunteer to keep them open and loved.
  • HOW: Organize an event on your local trail, be it a clean-up or a group hike, launch a campaign or write a blog or article for your local or national press and tag it under #WorldTrailsDay 
Trails Film 2022
Regular deadline June 1, 2022
We're thrilled that since January we have collected 28 entries—totaling over 13 hours of short films and features! There are two months left to enter your film for consideration at the 2022 World Trails Film Festival. This is a great opportunities to highlight videos and films produced about and along the trails of the World Trails Network. 
Please take a moment to follow @trailsfilmfest on Instagram and share our festival trailer as a story to help spread the word and excitement for this grassroots festival. We have entries from 15 countries and six of the continents, in these last two months we hope to continue reaching a filmmakers across the globe to celebrate trail stories.  

Enter Your Film — Trails.Film
Sustainable Trails Gathering
August 10-13, 2022
The Trails & Sustainability Task Team is partnering with World Trails Hub for the Americas and the Alpine Stewardship Center to host a Sustainable Trails Gathering in memory of honor of Co-Chair Natasha Luzhkova who died in July 2021. See the April 2022 Trails & Sustainability newsletter and the March Alpine Stewardship Center news for more. 
  • DATE: August 10-13, 2022
  • LOCATION: White Mountains, New Hampshire (USA) & Virtual
  • COST: Free
World Trails Network – Americas
Latest News
To help to establish a true Pan American network, WTN will be partnering with American Trails and the Professional Trails Builders Association to realize the International Trails Symposium in Reno, Nevada, April 17-21, 2023. Together we are making an effort to reach out to trails organizations in South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean so we can convene a special session on Pan American trails. WTN Americas board members members Pedro Menezez and Nat Scrimshaw will attend the Brazilian Trails Congress May 25-29, 2022 to promote the vision of a Pan American Trail, Alaska to Patagonia, part of a larger coordinated Pan American Network. We continue to provide opportunities for skills and knowledge exchange through the Alpine Stewardship Center and the Costa Rica Field School. To increase organizational stability we are expanding our board, refining policies and raising funds for our field schools. 
Something to Read
Extract from Trails & Beyond Online Magazine Issue No. 6
Words by András J. Monlnár

Article Feature: Trails in Greater Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is undoubtedly one of the world's travel destination gems. The char of the city with its unique landscape attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists, as well as local inhabitants, enjoy walking through the streets of the city centre, along the riverbanks and particularly through the hilly, western part of the city. . . Read More

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Trails & Beyond Magazine is the online journal of the World Trails Network.
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About the World Trails Network

The World Trails Network was founded in 2012. Since 2015 it has been a non-profit association in Geneva, Switzerland. The Network is the largest globally representative and dedicated trails non-profit organization of its kind, consisting of trail organizations and professional trail experts, working collaboratively for the enhancement and betterment of trails around the world.

The network hosts the biennial World Trails Conference, established in Korea in 2010, and is also the convener of the Trails Film - World Trails Film Festival, and the Trails & Beyond online magazine amongst other projects and initiatives. In 2022 the network will launch World Trails Day. 

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