ONSITE REPORT – March 8, 2014
Coming to you live from Camp McConnell, Micanopy, FL!!
This conference has been AWESOME so far. The workshops have been as informative as I was expecting. Interacting with FTA members from all over the state is a great experience…such wonderful, knowledgeable folks. This is altogether INSPIRING.
FTA 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference
“Back to Basics – FUNdamentals of the FTA”
What: Florida Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference
When: March 7-9, 2014
Where: YMCA Camp McConnell, 210 SE 134th Ave., Micanopy, FL
You are invited to join us for our annual gathering, so mark your calendar now! Pre-registration begins January 15, 2014 and closes February 28, 2014. On-site registration at the event starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014.
This year’s event will be held at YMCA Camp McConnell located just off SR441 in Micanopy. Take I-75 Micanopy Exit 374 and head east on CR234 until you reach SR 441, then go north on SR441 about a mile or so to the YMCA Camp McConnell sign. Turn left (west off SR 441) and follow the road about one mile to the entrance to the camp. Watch for the FTA event directional signs. Visit YMCA Camp McConnell’s website at www.ymcasummercamp.com/ for locator map.
Camping and bunkhouses are available on site-sorry, no hook ups for RVs available. Campers and tents will be located in a large grassy open field with a bathhouse a short walk away. Bunkhouses are also available for those who don’t wish to pitch a tent. You will need to bring your own bedding. Bring a good flashlight (it’s dark out there) and your own drinking water since the camp is on a well. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is just a couple miles south of the camp, so if you’d rather have a developed camp site, contact them early (campsites fill up quickly). If you prefer to stay in a motel, several are located in Gainesville at I-75 exit 384 at Archer Road. The camp is just a 15-20 minute drive south from that exit. The Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites (www.paramountplaza.com) is located just 8-10 miles north of the camp on SR 441.
We’ll kick off the weekend with a Friday evening hospitality event. Please bring ready-to-serve finger foods or hors d’oeuvres to share. Sorry, kitchen not available to warm up foods. Meals will be catered this year with continental breakfasts available both mornings, a tasty box lunch on Saturday, and our traditional BBQ chicken dinner (with several veggie-friendly sides) for our Saturday evening meal. If you didn’t care for the camp food last year, you’re in for good dining this time. Be sure to register and order your meals by February 21, 2014.
This year’s conference will focus on teaching and exploring the basics about the Association and the Trail to our members and members-to-be. Learn how we accomplish our mission and goals, and explore the challenges we face in sustaining the FTA in the 21st Century. Come and enjoy activities such as:
Workshops by FTA Board members on current projects and issues facing the FTA
Seminars on nature and long-distance hiking and camping
Movie Night: Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Saturday self-guided nature walks, hikes, and tours
Sunday morning guided bike ride, paddle, and hike on nearby trails
Florida Greenways & Trails presentation by Doug Alderson
FNST Update with Jeff Glenn, North Regional Representative
Chapter Council: The Role of Chapters in the FTA
Annual Volunteer Awards
Election of Officers & Directors
Annual Meeting: State of the FTA
Live and Silent Auctions
Wine Garden Happy Hour
and much more!!
HOW TO REGISTER
Visit our website at http://www.floridatrail.org/2014-annual-conference to find a link for online registration, or a link to fill out an interactive registration form.
If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Trail Association at 352-378-8823 or toll-free at 877-HIKE-FLA or e-mail email@example.com. See you in March!
FTA REGIONAL GATHERING
Camp Indian Springs, Crawfordville, FL
November 8-10, 2013
Hosts: Apalachee Chapter
Discover the natural beauty of the wondrous treasures found only in this unspoiled “other” Florida.
Pre-registration is now closed. You may register on-site when you arrive at the event. Lodging (camping, bunkhouse, RV) will be available with on-site registration. However, meals cannot be guaranteed at the time of on-site registration, so be sure to have other arrangements available for food.
Adult non-FTA-member, extra for the event $15.00 (or become a member of FTA at: ftashop.floridatrail.org/memberships)
Registration and Lodging
Adult, Friday night in tent $35.00
Adult, Saturday night in tent $35.00
Adult, two nights in tent $46.00
Adult, Friday night in bunkhouse $35.00
Adult, Saturday night in bunkhouse $35.00
Adult, two nights in bunkhouse $46.00
Adult, Friday night in RV without hook-up $35.00
Adult, Saturday night in RV without hook-up $35.00
Adult, two nights in RV without hook-up $46.00
Youth (7-12), $5 extra per night $ 5.00
Youth (6 and under), free $ 0.00
Registration Only (no lodging): One day, or Two days for the entire weekend
Adult, registration (no lodging) $20 per day/$40 for weekend
Youth (7-12), registration (no lodging) $ 5 per day/$10 for weekend
Youth (6 and under), registration (no lodging) $ 0 per day/$0 for weekend
Meals (ONLY IF STILL AVAILABLE @ TIME OF ON-SITE REGISTRATION):
Meal plan (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast) $38.00
Friday dinner $11.00
Saturday breakfast $ 6.00
Saturday box lunch $ 8.00
Saturday dinner $11.00
Sunday breakfast $ 6.00
T-SHIRTS will be for sale at the event:
Long-sleeved men’s silver: S-L $14.00, XL and XXL $15.50 , XXXL $18.50
Short-sleeved, men’s sand or women’s light pink: S-L $12.50, XL and XXL $14.00, XXXL $17.00
FABRIC: Sport-Tek Sportswear. Lightweight, comfortable roomy athletic cut, controls sweat with PosiCharge™ technology and locks in color for logos that won’t fade.
Men’s long sleeve silver shirt.
Men’s short sleeve sand shirt.
Women’s short sleeve pink shirt.
Click HERE for flyer to print or distribute electronically.
ACTIVITIES and EVENTS:
Schedule as of 10/28/13
Wakulla Walkabout, Panhandle Regional Gathering
12:00 noon – 8 pm, Registration Open
1:30 – 4:30 Leon Sinks Hike
1:30 – 3:30 San Marcos de Apalache Tour
3:50 – 6:15 Wakulla Springs Boat Tour
5:00 – 6:15 Hospitality
5:00 – 7:00 Raffle Ticket & T-Shirt sales
6:30 -7:30 Dinner
9:00 Campfire (with Old Time background music)
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast, Hikers pick up box lunches
8:30 – 12:00 noon Registration Open
8:30 – 9:30 Yoga for Hikers
9:00 – 4:00 Exhibits open
9:00 – 2:30 Sopchoppy River Hike
9:30 – 2:30 Marsh Point Hike [limit 20]
10:00- 2:30 Leon Sinks Hike
10:00 – 12:00 noon San Marcos de Apalache Tour
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
3:00 – 4:00 Trail and Ski, Outdoor Gear Demo
3:30 – ?:00 Nick Baldwin, Photography
3:50 – 6:15 Wakulla Springs Boat Tour
5:00 – 6:15 Hospitality
6:30 – 7:30Dinner
7:45 Speaker, Steve Sheridan, The First Through Hiker of the Florida Trail
9:30 Stargazing, Campfire
7:00 – 8:30 Birding at Wakulla Springs
8:00 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Closing Ceremony