The Trail Care Crews offer several presentations (in addition to the IMBA Trail Building School) that are designed to bring different groups to the table, to help grow acceptance of mountain biking and trail building.
All of these sessions require an indoor location that is quiet (no bars or restaurants), spacious and has electricity. For those options including a PowerPoint presentation, the Crew carries their own projector and screen.
Overview: A key element of building sustainable trails is ensuring that there will be a community committed to the trails’ existence.This session is set up as a highly-interactive goal-setting and brainstorming seminar, designed to teach advocates and volunteers how to effectively organize in order to accomplish group goals. Based on the Crews’ experience teaching hundreds of volunteer groups how build better trails through grassroots organization and advocacy, they will share techniques that advocacy organizations across the country have used to reach goals, overcome challenges, improve land access and grow the mountain bike community. This presentation helps effective clubs learn what they could be doing even better (such as growing leadership base), as well as teaches developing clubs how to structure their organization, raise money, motivate existing members and attract new volunteers and members. This presentation focuses on the key advocacy components beyond “just digging in the dirt.”
Key topics: Each group will bring up their own goals and topics, but common subjects include: Building a community around a common goal, goal setting, increasing community participation in your club, cultivating new leadership, communications basics, fundraising, events planning and marketing, tips and tricks for creating a strong and effective non-profit organization that contributes and engages in the community.
Who to invite:Active club members, board members, committee members, general members of the public interested in becoming club leaders, business owners, potential donors, etc.
Logistics: An initial meeting prior to the presentation with the primary club leader(s) will be mantadory, as it will help provide more specific direction for the club/ chapter development session. Depending on which stage(s) of the process the club wants most help with, club/chapter development can take the form of a more traditional presentation, or a focused discussion and meeting with the club/ chapter leaders and interested members. This is a must if you find your group falling short of its potential whether fundraising, member recruitment, land management proposals, or goal setting.
Overview: The Land Manager training educates land managers on IMBA and the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails; as well as the importance of partnerships with local mountain biking organizations to achieve great trails. The curriculum is geared toward land managers who oversee land that either provides, or has the potential to provide mountain biking opportunities. This presentation is essential to inform land managers and community leaders on how to partner with clubs to build responsible, thoughtful trails -- as well as the stewardship community that can maintain them. This presentation helps grow local groups' trust in IMBA, trail building and mountain biking.
Key topics: Trail building theory; sustainable trail design and construction; user management techniques, erosion basics, stacked loop systems; understanding flow; effective signage; trail maintenance; reroutes and reclamation.
Who to invite: Local, state and federal land management agency staff in any applicable department, such as recreation management, upper management, planning, maintenance, construction, facilities, engineering, GIS/mapping; city officials, land managers beyond the local club’s “range” (i.e. not just the land managers who oversee the local club’s trails).
Logistics: This presentation, with discussion, lasts two hours. Choose an indoor facility with classroom-style seating and electrical outlets, that is quiet enough for discussion. The best time to schedule a Land Manager Training is Thursday afternoon or Friday. Respect land managers’ schedules and send invitations for this presentation as early as possible.
The power of mountain biking to improve your community!
Overview: This presentation explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition in increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies, participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system, and learn how to effectively market a trail system. This presentation is a great way to show the community that a club is concerned with the health of the local citizens, the health of local green spaces and the health of the local economy.
Key topics: The economic, health and wellness benefits that trails and mountain biking bring to an area; the value of singletrack trails; economics of singletrack trails; building community trails; creating destination trails; case studies.
Who to invite: Public board members; elected officials (especially the mayor and city council); tourism bureau; chamber of commerce; media; school districts; health care professionals; local. state and federal land managers; mayoral office; state and federal representatives, local trail user groups, local outdoor recreation groups.
Logistics: One-hour presentation, but please allow time for questions and discussion afterward. Please schedule Better Living Through Trails Presentation for Thursday or Friday. Choose an indoor facility with classroom-style seating and electrical outlets, that is quiet enough for discussion (not a bar or restaurant unless in a quiet, private room). Land manager administrative facilities work well and are convenient for participants.