Celebrate National Trails Day with Your Trail Family

May 25, 2021
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Celebrate National Trails Day with Your Trail Family
Children hiking in a forest. Photo by Jeremy Apgar.


Created by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is observed every June across the country. The day recognizes the power trails have in helping people enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

Since 1920, the Trail Conference has been known as the “doers” in connecting people with nature. As we prepare to celebrate National Trails Day and welcome the arrival of summer, we anticipate more people than ever will be exploring the trails under our care. More feet and wheels equal more impact—which is why our vigilance in studying usage, assessing its effects, and implementing sustainable solutions is crucial. Give a National Trails Day gift June 1-9 to the "doers" who make your great trail experiences possible, and your gift will be doubled!

Join your Trail Family for one (or all!) of the following events as we celebrate the trails that offer us so much:

Wednesday, June 2
Trail Conference Town Hall (Webinar)

Trail Conference Headquarters may be temporarily closed, but our staff and volunteers are working hard to serve a public that needs our organization now more than ever.

Executive Director Joshua Howard invites you to join him for a 20-minute update on the Trail Conference. He’ll be reviewing how we have responded to this crisis and our plan to help families, park managers, and our trails recover and remain resilient.

Thursday, June 3
Trivia for Trails: Celebrating National Trails Day (Webinar)

Brush up on your trail knowledge and tune in for a special edition of Trivia for Trails! Join us for a fun-filled evening and win awesome prizes! 

Tune in for a 30-minute, 20-question trivia game in celebration of National Trails Day. A prize will be offered to the winner from our generous sponsor, Hudson North Cider Co.!

Saturday, June 5
Guided Hike: Vista Trail Loop

This loop hike crosses less-traveled portions of the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, taking you along the recently relocated section around the beautiful waterfall, passing the scenic MacMillan Reservoir, and up to an expansive view overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah, N.J.

Saturday, June 5
Intro to Compass + Land Navigation Workshop

Learn how to navigate a hike, avoid getting lost, and how to get back on the trail using a compass.

This course, held outdoors, teaches the basics of land navigation skills including blaze, map, and compass use. Participants will gain the ability to understand blazes and contour lines as well as understand triangulation and how to orient a map.

Outdoor Workshop at Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah, N.J.

Saturday, June 5
Invasives Strike Force Crew: Invasives Removal

Do you enjoy birds, butterflies, and wildflowers? Would you like to help protect them? Come help us remove invasive plants from Black Rock Forest Join the Trail Conference's Invasives Strike Force as we remove invasive plants from this beautiful park.

Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, N.Y.