Trail Conference Open House

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

We welcome all to a day of tours of our headquarters, at the historic Darlington Schoolhouse, guided and themed hikes in the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, fun and educational workshops!

Join us in celebrating 96 years of serving the region, by making public lands more accessible and the 125th Anniversary of the Darlington Schoolhouse!

Parking for the day will be available at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s South Lot (click for directions) and at Ramapo Valley County Reservation (space limited).

Food and Refreshments are available for purchase next door at Field of Creams Café in Continental Soldiers Park beginning 10am. Pick up a coupon from us for a free bottle of water with purchase, while they last!

*Rain or Shine***Each workshop will be less than an 1hr

9:00 am Hikes in Ramapo Reservation *Pre-Registration required

History Hike- Hike leader: Don Weise Historian: Gail Doscher, Mahwah Museum Volunteer 
Distance: 2.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
As you explore Ramapo Reservation, learn about the lands that make up the Ramapo Mountains, the Ramapough Lunaape Nation and the Darling Family and their estate which is how the area, road and school inherited the name Darlington. Along with other impressive history about the surrounding grounds. 

Yoga Hike- Hike Leader/Melissa “Bee” Gentile, Co-owner of Country Flow Yoga in West Milford and KOZYOGA in Ringwood
Distance: 2.5 miles  Difficulty: Moderate   
Like hiking? Like yoga? Join Melissa on a yoga hike through the Ramapo Reservation. Feel the mind, body and spirit connect with nature on this hike while receiving beneficial yoga instruction at Scarlet Oak Pond and on a summit with views of the Manhattan skyline.  Suitable for all levels. 

Vista Trail Loop- Hike Leader: David Howard, Trail Conference Volunteer
Distance: 4.3 miles Difficulty: Moderate 
This loop hike climbs to three panoramic viewpoints over Bergen County and the Manhattan skyline and passes the scenic MacMillan Reservoir.

Family Nature Hike- Hike Leader: Patrick Scheuer, Sanctuary Director at Lorrimer Sanctuary
Distance: 1 mile Difficulty: Easy
This family friendly hike will explore the grounds around the Trail Conference Headquarters and into the Ramapo Reservation. Native plants and habitats will be identified and explained on this leisure hike. 

*Please come prepared with appropriate footwear, water to hydrate and a snack. Click here for a list of what to bring.

9:30 am Workshops *Pre-Registration required

Beekeeping- Sponsored by MEVO- Presenters: Co-Apiary Manager’s, Peter Besegai and Justus Deleshaw
Come and learn from the apiary managers at MEVO the responsibilities of beekeeping and the importance of honey bees! This workshop is kid friendly!

Trail Maps and Apps: A History of how Trail Maps are Made – Presenter: Jeremy Apgar, Trail Conference Cartographer 
A history of Trail Conference maps, how they are made today, and why they are the gold standard for the region

Environmentally Friendly Landscape Care, Water Conservation & Increasing Bio-Diversity in the garden - Presenter: Robert Schucker, R&S Landscaping

Learn a range of options for creating an environmentally sustainable approach to landscaping. How to increase the biodiversity in your garden by using native plants, reducing pesticide use and providing food sources for insects and animals. Water Friendly Landscape Design-strategies to reduce rain runoff impacts, flooding and options for filtering pollutants with bio-swales, rain gardens, rain barrels. Water Efficient Irrigation Systems-  explanation on the difference between traditional irrigation and smart irrigation. Introduce drip irrigation, rain sensors and how to reduce water usage through water efficient irrigation design.

11:00 am and 12:00 pm Historical Tours *Pre-Registration required 

Guided tour of the historic building and grounds- Presenters: Alice Luddington-Cantor, Trail Conference Volunteer, Jack Bolan & Anne Powley, Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission 

The schoolhouse was built in 1891 by Alfred B. Darling and Theodore Havemeyer, who owned farm estates on Ramapo Valley Road. It is listed in the New Jersey (2007) and National (2008) Registers of Historic Places.

1:30 pm Hike in Ramapo Reservation *Pre-Registration required

Fitness Hike- Hike Leader Nina Chazen, certified Personal Trainer in private practice for 20 years
Distance: 2.5 miles  Difficulty: Moderate   
Nina leads Fitness Hikes, a cardio/strength workout in the woods using the trails for cardio with scenic stops to build core and muscle strength with elastic bands, yoga poses, and push ups. 

1:30 pm Workshops *Pre-Registration required

Introduction Invasives Strike Force – Presenter: Cliff Berchtold, Trail Maintainer, ISF Surveyor and Assistant Invasives Program Coordinator, Heather Darley
Invasive plants are non-native ones that create problems for our natural flora and fauna. Learn how the Trail Conference is working to protect our native habitats and how our efforts are integrated with regional programs. We will be taking this workshop outside to identify plants on the grounds!

Photour Adventures-Presenter: Michael Malandra, freelance photographer based in Suffern, NY
Join Photour Adventures on the Trail, as we share pictures from the trail and learn how we created them! Capture the beauty that surrounds you!  Take your hiking photography to the next level.

Phantoms of the Ramapos: A ghost story- Presenter: Jim Wright, Author and story teller
This Northern New Jersey ghost story, set in 1938, involves a race track in Ho-Ho-Kus, a bank heist in Allendale, and a historic schoolhouse in Mahwah. It is lavishly illustrated with archival photos. Family friendly!


Drop in stations

Keeping a Sustainable Home: Join Trail Conference Volunteer, Sue Barbuto to learn easy tips to greening your home! 

Long Path Art ExhibitionLong Path artist and activist, Steve Aaron, will have a solo art exhibition to raise awareness for the Long Path. 

Table exhibitors: L.L. Bean, Lorrimer Sanctuary, MEVO, Mahwah Museum, Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission, Gravity Vault, Ramsey Body and Brain Yoga & Taichi, Frost YMCA, Inserra Supermarket Registered Dietitian, Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline, and Photour Adventures.

Sponsored by:





Sponsorship Opportunities avaiable contact Jennifer; 201.512.9348 x824 or [email protected]

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