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Goodwin College

195 Riverside Drive

East Hartford, CT 06118

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The Governor’s Greenways Council, in partnership with Goodwin College, is excited to announce its third annual Connecticut Trails Symposium will take place October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the college’s East Hartford campus (River Room, 195 Riverside Drive). Transport Hartford Academy at the Center for Latino Progress is a co-sponsor of this event.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

Trails have become a new type of Town Green, a place where all members of our communities can gather, recreate, relax and even commute or travel together. Experts will offer sessions that focus on how trails can connect our communities, integrate people and help your town thrive. Sessions are designed to be interactive, so come prepared with your specific questions or concerns to ask the experts. By the end of the Symposium you will have learned how to integrate trail users and get your community more involved with and utilizing your trail systems on many levels.

Our keynote speaker is Shalin Desai, a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Board of Directors. Desai will speak about the ATC’s and his personal experience with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) population and he will share diversity, equity and inclusion strategies we can all deploy. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail was completed in 1937 and travels through fourteen states. Over 3 million visitors walk a portion of the Trail each year. The population of the trail corridor, its visitors and volunteers is changing. Our keynote will consider how the ATC is adapting to and supporting these changes.

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The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. Registration will close on October 19. Walk-ins will be welcomed as long as seats are available.

TRANSLATION SERVICES

If you are interested in translation services for Spanish speaking or other languages, please send an email to Chris Blake at Goodwin College at cblake@goodwin.edu.

GOODWIN TRAILS GRAND OPENING

Registrants are invited to stay after the event to attend the Goodwin College Trails Grand Opening, beginning at 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pavillion at the South Meadows Greenway. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the event. Please email cblake@goodwin.edu if you are planning to attend the Grand Opening.

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