Trail Conference Headquarters Grand Opening

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Trail Conference announces our Grand Opening and 95th Anniversary Celebration on September 12, 2015. The event is open to the public and our members from 10am - 3pm as we welcome all to a day of tours of our historical headquarters, Darlington Schoolhouse, guided and themed hikes in the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, fun and educational workshops and a short program to acknowledge the supporters, builders, and friends who made this remarkable restoration a reality.

As the organization enters its 95th year, the new headquarters will be the cornerstone from which the Trail Conference builds its second century of serving the region by making public lands more accessible. 

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).

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Route 202 is scheduled to be closed in both directions at the Route 17 interchange in Mahwah for a pavement reconstruction project the night of Friday, September 11, through the early morning hours of Monday, September 14.

During the closure, ramps from Route 17 northbound to Route 202 eastbound and the ramp from Route 202 westbound to Route 17 southbound will be closed and traffic will be detoured. Detours should be similar to those in effect during previous construction along this stretch of 202. Detour information can be found on the N.J. Department of Transporation website.

The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website for real-time travel information and follow them on Twitter @NJDOT_info for updates.


10:00-Short Program and Commemorative Tree Planting

11:00 am and 1:15 pm Historical Tours at Darlington Schoolhouse 
Guided tour of the historic building which was built in 1891
*The headquarters will be open to view throughout the day until 2pm.

11:00 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 other impressive history about the surrounding grounds. 

Yoga Hike- Hike Leader/Yoga Instructor/Personal Trainer: Barbara Lima, Ramsey Adult School and Bolger Fitness Center YMCA Ridgewood
Distance: 2.5 miles  Difficulty: Moderate   
Like hiking? Like yoga? Join Barbara 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. 

Schuber/Ridge Trail Loop- Hike Leader: David Howard, Trail Conference Volunteer
Distance: 4.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
This loop hike crosses less-traveled portions of the reservation, passing the scenic Mac Millan Reservoir, a waterfall and a climb to an expansive viewpoint, overlooking the Manhattan Skyline.

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.  

Preserve Tour- Hike Leader: Robert Ross, Trail Conference Volunteer 
Distance: ~1 mile Difficulty: Easy
Discover the beautiful setting of the Trail Conference Headquarters and learn about the natural beauty, the history and especially George Trakas's many details for enhancing the riparian park.*Please wear long pants and appropriate footwear; it can get a bit muddy.

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

2:00-3:00 pm Workshops *Pre-Registration required

Introduction Invasives Strike Force – Presenter: Cliff Berchtold, Trail Maintainer, ISF Surveyor
Introduction to the mission and work of the Invasives Strike Force (ISF) program. 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. 

Intro to Map and Compass / Land Navigation – Presenter: Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator  
This workshop will introduce basic 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. For the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring their own compass.  If one is needed to be purchased, Suunto A-10 is the recommended choice. 

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

Leave No Trace- Presenter: Suse Bell, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Master Tread Lightly Trainer
Come learn the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. Learn how to protect, promote and preserve trails so that we can all enjoy them. This is an awareness workshop that is hands on and interactive.


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Trail Conference