Expert Seminars: Sustainable Tourism Along The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Storytelling is vital to the conservation of the history and traditions associated with The Lewis and Clark Expedition. When expressed properly, these stories act as the bridge between cultural heritage of the past and present-day life.

The expert seminars below provide a forum where both travelers and tourism leaders alike can learn about The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and how tourism is built to sustain community tourism inside of the Trail’s destinations, from Pittsburgh all the way to the Pacific Coast in Oregon.

Whether you are interested in the history of the Corps of Discovery, citizen sciences, or the restarting & reimagining of tourism, The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail expert seminars allow you to choose your own personal adventure.

 

History of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is a part of the National Park Service. Unlike other national parks, NPS does not own any of the land along The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. As such, partnerships are critical to organization’s stewardship. In this video, learn why the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail was established, what the major goals and benefits of NPS stewarding the trail are, and why the Corps of Discovery‚Äôs history so important to the US today.

Expert Panelists

  • Dan Wiley, Senior Leader of Integrated Resources Development for The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
  • Ryan Kephart, Cultural Resources Program Manager for The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
  • Suzy Avey, Director of the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center
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Restarting & Remaining Tourism Along the Trail

The overall landscape of tourism is being altered on a seemingly daily basis as a result of Covid-19. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience and its partners have positioned themselves to adapt to the ever-changing trends in the travel industry. This seminar provides updates and tips on how to better serve guests in a safe and distanced manner.

Expert Panelists

  • Seth Wheat, Director of Tourism Development for Kentucky Tourism
  • Scott Bricker, Interim Vice President of Destination Development for Travel Oregon
  • Ben Lynam, Head of Communications for The Travel Foundation
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Conservation and Storytelling Along the Rivers of the Trail

Learn about conservation, storytelling, and outdoor adventure along some the largest rivers in the United States – the Ohio River, the Missouri River and the Columbia River.

Expert Panelists

  • Lily Hart, Digital Manager for the Confluence Project
  • Brent Mortensen, Professor of Biology at Benedictine College
  • Brewster Rhoads, Convenor of the Ohio River Recreation Trail
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Seasonality Along the Rivers of the Trail

Most communities along the LCNHT are summertime locations and see the heavy majority of visitors between May and September. This webinar explores different ways to stretch visitorship throughout the year and touch on overtourism, which is an issue in some of the trails larger tourist destinations.

Expert Panelists

  • Emily Reed, Network Director of the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance
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Sustainability Along the Trail

Sustainability is more important than ever in the overall tourism ecosphere.This month’s webinar focuses on the three elements of sustainability in tourism: environmental, economic, and cultural conservation.

Expert Panelists

  • Cory Jobe, President & CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau.
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