Portland Trails' Annual Meeting is more than just a meeting -

it's an annual celebration of great ideas from our community!


Our Annual Meeting is a night of the best ideas in trails, transportation, conservation, and placemaking from our community members. Eight presenters will each share the story of their idea or innovation in a 15x15 presentation. Each presenter will have 15 slides and 15 seconds per slide to make their point. The 15x15 style inspires our presenters to be captivating, thoughtful, and succinct, and every year, our audiences leave feeling energized about the ideas percolating in Greater Portland. In years past, we’ve heard from lawyers, middle schoolers, bridge builders, botanists, and more. Join us for an evening of great ideas, snacks, drinks, and community!


When: Wednesday, March 25th

5:30pm: Member reception and Annual Meeting

6:00pm: 15x15 presentations begin

Where: Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave, Portland

Parking: We always encourage local attendees to walk, bike, or take public transit! But if you're driving, street parking is available as well as parking after 5:00pm in the lot at 107 Washington Ave.


This event is free! Light refreshments will be served during the annual meeting. There will be a cash bar.


If you plan on attending this event, please RSVP by clicking here.


Thanks to our friends at Oxbow Blending & Bottling for donating their space for this event! And thanks to our sponsors of this event, The Boulos Company and Norway Savings Bank.



Are you interested in presenting? We're currently accepting proposals!

We want to hear your ideas that promote outdoor, trail-oriented recreation, active transportation, or placemaking. Do you have a great idea that ties into Portland Trails' mission? Know a friend who would make a great presenter? Apply or share the opportunity with them to be a featured speaker. Here’s what we need emailed to us at info@trails.org by Friday, February 21st:


- Your name, profession, email, phone number and website URL

- A short bio (90 words or less) of yourself

- A description of what you want to present and the narrative you’ll take

- Attach or link to 3 sample images of what you want to present.


The 15x15 committee will meet to review all presenter submissions and decide which 8 will be chosen. We aim for a diverse mix of work. Decisions will be made by February 28th.

What does a 15x15 look like? Here are a few presentations from years past.

Video courtesy of Portland Media Center

Bill Needelman – The Portland Waterfront, our trail to the ocean

Derek Pelletier and Maryann Welsch – A family of bike commuters

Coco Kazadi – Bikes for All Mainers



2019 presenters included:

  • Craig Freshley: Before Portland had the Internet, Portland had Bicycles
  • Doug Welch: 100 years of Plastic - My Plastic Life
  • Gillian Schair: Ladies Adventure Club
  • Michele Praught: Virtual Walkabouts
  • Simon Rucker: Appalachian Trail Conservation
  • Bruce Rayner: Cape Elizabeth Plogging
  • Ainsley Judge: The Life of a Bike from Scrap to Joy
  • Carolann Ouellette: Maine Outdoor Tourism
  • Azenaide Pedro and Nyaruot Nguany: Environmental Changemaking
  • Mary Cerullo: Bayscaping
  • Kara Wooldrik: Portland Trails Special Sauce