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Iowa Trails Summit to Discuss Reconnecting Families to Trails
Posted: 05/08/2012
An upcoming gathering of multiple trail users will discuss re-connecting children with trails, the vision for healthy Iowa communities and the future of trail development in Iowa during the Iowa Trails Summit, June 15-16, in Cedar Falls and Waterloo.

This year’s theme, “Connecting Children and Families with Trails,” will concentrate on getting families outside and active.

On June 15, the summit begins at 8 a.m., with programs at the University of Northern Iowa’s Schindler Education Center, in Cedar Falls. Speakers include Jim Mallman, president of Watchable Wildlife Inc., based in St. Croix, Minn. Mallman conducts workshops around the world on nature/wildlife tourism. There will also be a short presentation relating to the work of Dr. Peter Kahn, a developmental psychologist, on Virtual Windows and the value of nature.  

On June 16, many free outdoor recreational exhibits will be on display at Riverview Recreation Area, in Waterloo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Kayaks and canoes, ATV’s, bikes and equestrian will be on hand and will provide a great opportunity for families to explore trail options and to network with other trail users.
The Iowa Trails Summit draws a variety of Iowa trail users including hikers, paddlers, cyclists, cross country skiers, all - terrain vehicle and snowmobile enthusiasts. Increased trail usage is happening across the state as individuals and families decide to stay closer to home due to forecasted high gas prices and an increasing appreciation for Iowa’s natural beauty.

“This is the one event in Iowa that brings together diverse trail users to learn about shared trends,” said Nate Hoogeveen, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources River Programs.

The Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and other state, local and regional groups are promoting outdoor trail recreation in Iowa.

Registration and more information can be found at For general information, call Peter Komendowski at 319-269-8493 or