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Outdoor Florida Webinar Series

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Outdoor Florida Webinar Series

The nature of Outdoor Recreation and Greenways and Trails continues to evolve. To keep you up to date on the latest trends, the Office of Greenways and Trails has established a webinar series providing research and best practices on a variety of topics. Each of the webinars will involve the experts who have experience and knowledge of the subject matter. 

The webinars, which began in October of 2021, occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Eastern time/9 a.m. Central time. 

The Outdoor Florida Webinar Series is available free of charge and can be enjoyed anytime through our Webinar Archive at the bottom of this page.

Each webinar will require a separate registration and is limited to 300 people. Please sign up no later than 9:00am Eastern time on the day of the webinar you wish to attend. Save your spot and register now!

Upcoming Webinars

June 14, 2023 (10 a.m. EDT)

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® 

June 3rd will be the 31st anniversary of American Hiking Society's National Trails Day®! We are catching up with Wesley Trimble from the American Hiking Society for a recap of the 2023 festivities, the backstory of how the event was started, and more. He will also be highlighting how parks, cities, nonprofits, and individuals can partner with AHS to get involved with future National Trails Day celebrations.

July 12, 2023 (10 a.m. EDT)

Making the Most of National Park & Recreation Month

July is National Recreation and Parks Month! Hear from the Florida Recreation and Park Association about resources your city, county, or nonprofit can use to promote recreation and parks this month, along with their "It Starts in Parks" initiative and opportunities they offer for recreation professionals across Florida. We'll also be joined by speakers from Palm Beach County and the City of Port Orange for a look at how they organize unique Park & Recreation Month activities on a local level.

August 16, 2023 (10 a.m. EDT)

Promoting Outdoor Recreation through Technology

Learn about different ways technology and apps are being used in the recreation and outdoors sector. More details coming soon!

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September 13, 2023 (10 a.m. EDT)

Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking

What percent of residents in my county live within walking distance to a park? Is it safe to visit the beach during red tide? How can I recognize heat stroke while I'm hiking this summer? Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking, a CDC funded program located in the Florida Department of Health, is joining us this month to share the multitude of information and resources they offer surrounding your health and your environment. Printable infographics for kiosks, interactive web maps, social media video clips, and  health-related data are at your fingertips by visiting their website.

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Webinar Archive

May 10, 2023 (10 a.m. EDT)

Recreation & Trail Funding Opportunities

Are you looking to fund a trail or recreation related project? Join us to learn about opportunities including Trail Capacity and Legacy Trail Program Grants from American Trails and various grants available through the Land and Recreation Grants Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Our speakers will be providing information on what kinds of projects are funded, how to be successful with your application, and more. 

April 12, 2023 (10 a.m. EDT)

Working with Volunteers 

For National Volunteer Month we are diving into how to recruit, train, and manage volunteers with speakers from the Florida Trail Association. Every year FTA works with hundreds of volunteers who donate thousands of hours to maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. Learn tips and tricks for building a volunteer program or strengthening an existing one. 

March 8, 2023 (10 a.m. EST)

Protecting and Promoting Cultural Sites on Trails

This month, we're highlighting trails that have a rich connection to their area's history and culture to celebrate Florida Archaeology Month. Hear from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the Randell Research Center (Calusa Trail) about best practices for connecting trail users with the cultural significance of an area, how to preserve artifacts while also allowing public trail access to sites, and more. 

February 8, 2023 (10 a.m. EST)

Equestrian Trails

Learn all about equestrian trails from our special guests the Southern Trailriders Association, Backcountry Horsemen of North Florida, and the Equine Land Conservation Resource. Topics will include the importance of building and maintaining public equestrian trails, safety measures on multi-use trails, engaging with the equestrian community, considerations for creating new equestrian trails, and more. 

January 11, 2023 (10 a.m. EST)

Looking Ahead

Catch up with the Florida Bicycle Association's Kelly Morphy who will be joining us this month to highlight their upcoming events, opportunities, and partnership projects in 2023. 

December 14, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

The Florida Wildlife Corridor connects hundreds of conservation gems across the state, from the Blackwater River State Forest in the panhandle to Everglades National Park. Join Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation’s Chief Conservation Officer Jason Lauritsen along with their Director of Strategic Communications Marly Fuller as they take you on a journey through the Corridor and introduce you to the importance of maintaining the ecological connections among our special places.  You will learn how connection not only benefits our wildlife, but also enriches our communities and economies. And you will leave with a sense of Corridor pride and appreciation of its role in our everyday lives.

November 16, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Florida Paddling Trails Association

To celebrate Florida Paddlesports Month, hear from Dorsey DeMaster who is the president of the Florida Paddling Trails Association. She will give a history and overview of the organization followed by an overview of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (CT). The discussion will include best practices for paddling the CT, the trail angel network, and highlights of Dorsey's own experience on the 1,515 mile journey.

October 12, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

East Coast Greenway

Join in and hear from Robert Barto, the Florida Coordinator for the ECG and learn how this regional trail came to be and find out the future plans to complete it.

September 14, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Florida Main Street

Please join us for our September Webinar that will highlight Florida’s Main Street Program. Kathie Beck, the Florida Program Coordinator will be presenting an in-depth look at the Main Street Program. This webinar will also focus on the Main Street Program’s intersection with outdoor recreation and the many benefits to the public.

August 10, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Rails to Trails Conservancy

While summer travel is at an all-time high during August this webinar will look into how the Rails to Trails Conservancy is changing interstate travel with the Great American Rail-Trail. We will look into how the nations largest trails organization took the dream of a cross country trail and made it a reality. This webinar will focus on the community and economic benefits this trail brings as well as how utilizing existing structures such as greenways, rail-trails, and other multiuse pathways will make it possible to connect nearly 50 million people to this trail.

July 13, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Wildlife Viewing with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

July is National Recreation and Parks Month and we’ll be kicking this off with a presentation from the FWC. In this session, we will discuss the importance of getting into nature and how “Vitamin Green” can positively affect your mental health and wellbeing. We will also highlight how the FWC can facilitate these opportunities through their different programs, including wildlife viewing along the Great Florida Birding Trail.

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June 8, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Get Outdoors with Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network

This June, we will be celebrating National Get Outdoors Day with the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN). This presentation will provide an insight into the program and their work in providing conservation education and youth recreation to kids all over the state. We will also discuss the importance of creating positive outdoor recreation experiences for our youth, as well as the work the FYCCN does to provide recreation opportunities to underserved children in communities with limited access to outdoor areas.

May 11, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

National Biking Month with SORBA and Swamp Mountain Bike Club

As part of National Biking Month, we will be focusing on mountain biking and hearing from the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, as well as local mountain biking club, Swamp Mountain Bike. This presentation will touch on mountain biking on a regional and local level and the benefits this recreation opportunity has on a community. We will also be discussing examples of how to create mountain biking opportunities and ways to replicate this in your community.

April 13, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Passport to Health

For our April installment of the Outdoor Florida Webinar Series, we will be celebrating National Public Health Week and National Park Week by focusing on the intersection between health and outdoor recreation. We will hear from the Timucuan Parks Foundation on their Passport to Health initiative as well as how their partnership with entities such as Humana contributes to the goal of promoting health through outdoor recreation. We will also take a look at how the Timucuan Parks Foundation has adapted its work throughout the pandemic and how it has continued.

March 9, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Florida Bicycle Association 

March is Florida Biking Month and in addition to encouraging all our stakeholders to get out on the trails, we will be highlighting the Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) and Bike Florida. In this session, we will be discussing their unique partnerships and we will also be touching on how both groups have worked to bring communities together and foster relationships through biking opportunities.

Feb. 9, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

Heart Health and Trails - Lee Health

In this webinar, we will be focusing on how outdoor recreation can act as a preventative measure for health and wellness. We will be teaming up with Lee Health to discuss their Healthy Lee initiative and how they have been working to promote the intersection of outdoor recreation and health and wellness. We will also be learning about key partnerships in the community and how these relationships further healthy community initiatives.

Jan. 12, 2022 (10 a.m. EST)

First Day Hikes 

Join us for a walkthrough of how the First Day Hikes Program engages visitors, creates new experiences, and works to create return visitors. We’ll discuss the benefits of hiking, visiting local parks, and engaging with natural resources in your area. We’ll also be showcasing recent first-day hikes and help you plan out your next hiking experience in one of our state parks.

Dec. 8, 2021 (10 a.m. EST)

Trail Town Spotlight- City of Deltona and Everglades City

Want to learn how your city can become a Trail Town? In this session, we will be shining a light on two of our Trail Towns, the City of Deltona and Everglades City, and discussing the benefits of the program. Our presenters will also provide best practices and do’s and don’ts that will help you along your way to achieving this recognition. Additionally, we will also be highlighting how these Trail Towns can enhance holiday travels through outdoor recreation in their areas.

Nov. 10, 2021 (10 a.m. EST)

Meeting the Needs of the Community through Urban Trails - The Underline

Mobility week takes place this year in the second week of November, and what better way to celebrate it than to spend time learning how vital to the community urban trails are. This presentation will highlight the many successes of Miami’s Underline and how this trail contributes to the health and wellness, transportation and recreation needs of the public. As a bonus, we’ll also be touching on best practices and lessons learned for creating urban trails.

Oct. 13, 2021 (10 a.m. EST) 

Unique Partnerships within Regional Trail Systems – Space Coast TPO, city of Titusville and Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce

This presentation will kick off our webinar series with a discussion on the importance of unique partnerships and how they bring positive impacts and different perspectives to your projects. Additionally, we’ll explain how regional trail systems benefit from these partnerships and what are the advantages of their proximity.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least five days before the webinar by contacting Anna Hopkins, Office of Greenways and Trails, Division of Recreation and Parks, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 795, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000; or, 850-245-3069; or, 850-245-2052. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800- 955-8770 (voice).

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May 25, 2023 - 2:44pm

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