Creating Accessible Trails with Universally Designed Interpretation

Start Date
04/12/2018
End Date
04/11/2020
Description
American Trails will present this Webinar on April 12, 2018. Presented by Lucy Gertz and Stu Weinreb with Mass Audubon. This webinar will provide an overview of Mass Audubon’s All Persons Hiking Trails.

This webinar will provide an overview of Mass Audubon’s All Persons Hiking Trails. Statewide, we have developed and now operate several accessible trail segments, with a dozen of them offering universally-designed interpretation. Our twelve All Persons Trails, located at urban, suburban, and rural wildlife sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts, invite visitors of all abilities to experience different woodland, meadow, and wetland habitats, while travelling on various trail surfaces including natural surfacing, asphalt, concrete, and crushed rock. The trails typically have boardwalks and bridges over or alongside wetlands, some navigational resources (such as rope guides or curbing for visually impaired visitors), wayside multisensory stops and displays, and trail materials in multiple formats including audio tours, braille signage and booklets, and tactile trail maps. This webinar is suitable for novices and intermediates, anyone from an organization looking to learn how such projects get planned and completed.
Distance Learning
Yes
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Accessibility / ADA
Design-Build
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
1.25
Learning Outcomes
PRESENTATION LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Attendees will be introduced to the planning and permitting process for such a trail
- Attendees will become familiar with the design and use considerations which make each trail a unique experience
- Attendees will be provided with general construction planning details and construction process, and the professionals needed to make the project a success
- Attendees will be introduced to the experiential components of the trails
- Attendees will be introduced to the inclusive planning process we undertook in order to best meet the needs of visitors with a wide range of abilities and needing various accessibility accommodations
- Attendees will be provided with an introduction to the ongoing operational needs of these trails, from maintenance to trail user outreach
Instructors
Lucy Gertz and Stu Weinreb with Mass Audubon
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Course Codes
Provider
American Trails


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