Show Your Love of Trails on National Trails Day

May 14, 2018
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New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

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Show Your Love of Trails on National Trails Day
Trail crews make sure your favorite trails are in great shape. Photo credit: Heather Darley

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Every day is trails day for the Trail Conference. But on National Trails Day, we add a little extra celebration to our stewardship.

Join us Saturday, June 2, as we give back to the trails that offer us so much enjoyment—plus share some snacks and camaraderie!We’ll be hosting National Trails Days events around the region. So find your trail, and come celebrate with us!

Trail Conference Headquarters: Mahwah, N.J.

Our annual Open House at Trail Conference Headquarters features guided hikes through Ramapo Valley County Reservation and stewardship opportunities to help make a difference at this popular park, located right next door to our historic home. Don’t miss out on tours of our historic Darlington Schoolhouse building, which is currently showcasing an art exhibition from local talented students of Joyce Kilmer Elementary. Partner and community organizations such as L.L. Bean, Campmor, Northeast Mountain Guiding, Body & Brain Yoga/Tai Chi, Photour Adventures, Wild Bird Unlimited, ESK, and more will also be sharing ideas on ways to engage with trails and nature year-round. Plus, delicious food from Roots Café food truck and a raffle with great gear prizes for your next adventure! Be sure to stop in our Trail Store for great discounts on maps and books as part of our National Trails Day sale! The National Trails Day Open House will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trail Conference Headquarters, located at 600 Ramapo Valley Rd. in Mahwah, N.J. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Sign up today!

Appalachian Trail: Bear Mountain State Park, N.Y.

Our National Trails Day event co-hosted by REI will take place on the Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park—the very first section of the A.T. built 95 years ago by Trail Conference volunteers. On June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we’ll be making a difference along this historic section of trail, from the bottom of Bear Mountain to its summit. There will be stewardship activities for every age, skill level, and interest, including trail building and old trail closure, invasive species identification and removal, and litter clean-up. Of course, a day of getting dirty is best rewarded with our version of a “happy hour.” After all your hard work, we hope you’ll stay for lunch and a chance to win REI gear as a token of our appreciation for your dedication to this treasured outdoor destination. Join us on the A.T.

Trail Love: Sterling Forest, Ramapo Reservation & Breakneck Ridge

Our Conservation Corps trail crews in Ramapo Valley County ReservationSterling Forest, and Hudson Highlands state parks will be celebrating National Trails Day with a little Trail Love. If you want to meet some of the trail superheroes who are working hard to make your hikes awesome, we’d love to have you come out for a few hours to see what trail building’s all about. Trail Love events celebrate all good things about the trail community—connecting with nature, meeting great people, and creating a little trail magic. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty, come on out and help us keep your trails great. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about what we do, plus you’ll get snacks and a T-shirt. No experience is necessary, but space is limited.

Blue Hole Clean-Up: Catskills, West Shokan, N.Y.

Come help us remove trash at the Catskill's Blue Hole! Join the Trail Conference, New York State Department of Conservation, the Catskill Conservation Corps, and Morgan Duke Conservation Society as we remove litter and restore the beauty of the Catskill's Blue Hole. Anyone can participate; no experience is necessary! Bring work gloves, plenty of water and a lunch you can eat on the trails. We provide the trash bags and refreshments. Sign up now!

Invasive Species Identification and Removal: Riverdale Park, The Bronx, N.Y.

Join the Trail Conference, the Stewardship Team, and Natural Areas Conservancy on National Trails Day at Riverdale Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants along trails. If time allows, volunteers will also be trained in erosion control. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please bring your own water and snacks to keep you going. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Register today!

We hope to meet you on the trails for National Trails Day!