2024 Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit

“Endless Mountains, Endless Access”

September 18-20, 2024

Best Western Grand Victorian Inn

255 Spring Street, Sayre, PA 18840

For the very first time, the Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit will be held in Bradford County, located in the scenic Endless Mountains region of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Co-hosted by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR), one of 12 PA Heritage Areas designated by the DCNR, the 2024 Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit will allow attendees to experience the beauty of the area’s pastoral landscapes, historic downtown Sayre and Athens, the Susquehanna River North Branch Water Trail (2023’s PA River of the Year), and incredible greenspaces like the Diahoga Trail and Round Top Park. The 2024 Eastern PA Greenways and Trails Summit is being funded in part by the DCNR, WeConservePA, and generous sponsors. We look forward to seeing you in the Endless Mountains, where we strive to create “endless access” to the outdoors!

When: September 18-20, 2024

Where: Best Western Grand Victorian Inn (255 Spring Street, Sayre, PA 18840)

These Greenways & Trails Summit events bring together a network of various agencies, organizations, and outdoor enthusiasts who are involved in planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, promoting, and utilizing trails and greenways in eastern Pennsylvania to improve outdoor recreation in the Commonwealth.

What else is there to do in the Endless Mountains?

Following the Summit, the EMHR and partner organizations will be hosting the Endless Mountains 430 Challenge https://emheritage.org/the-endless-mountains-430-challenge/, a self-supported race along the 430-mile Endless Mountains Gravel Bikepacking Loop (EMGBL) that begins on September 21st. The EMGBL boasts nearly 42,000 feet in elevation changes throughout the four counties that make up the Heritage Region. Summit guests are welcome to register for the Challenge or take the time to visit our many historic sites and recreational areas in the rest of the Endless Mountains region or even take a short ride north to the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

We would like to thank our sponsors for the 2024 Eastern PA Greenways & Trail Summit. A complete list of sponsors can be found at the bottom of this page. If interested in being a sponsor for this event, please select a button below to complete the form:

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Canyon Vista Biking
EMHR Youth Sojourn Launch
EMHR Hiking

Full programming schedule and registration for the Summit is coming soon!

The Planning Committee for the 2024 Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit is also seeking proposals for educational sessions to be presented at the 2024 Summit. Applications should be submitted by May 31st.

Join the regional trails community by contributing to three-days of inspiring speakers and breakout sessions on the hottest topics in greenways and trails.

We are seeking 60 and 90-minute presentations on the following topics/areas (time includes Q&A session):

– Funding: Public & Private
– Trails & Technology
– Long Term Maintenance
– Outdoor Rec & Economic Development
– Marketing & Promotion
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging
– Trends in Outdoor Recreation

– Health & Wellness
– Motorized Trails
– Active Transportation
– Attracting & Retaining Volunteers
– Working with the “Powers that Be”
– Designing, Building Sustainable Trails
– Connecting Heritage to the Outdoor

We will accept proposals on additional topics.
Deadline
Please submit your proposal by Friday, May 31, 2024 @ 2PM

Please note: If you are selected as a presenter, your PowerPoint presentation must be submitted by August 30, 2024.

Submission Instructions
Click the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the application for 2024 Eastern PA Greenways & Trails Summit presentations. Use your Submittable account to fill out the application. If you do not have a Submittable account, create one with a username and password and then fill out the application.

https://pennsylvaniaenvironmentalcouncil.submittable.com/submit

SPONSORS

Eastern Pennsylvania Trail Leaders

Endless Mountains Heritage Region

Endless Mountains Heritage Region

Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency

Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency

Endless Mountains Trail Partner

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Trail Supporter

Global Tungsten & Powders

Global Tungsten & Powders

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.

Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International

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