Celebrate National Trails Day 2016 with the Trail Conference

Date: 
05/20/2016
Source: 
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Volunteers planting native species at the Trails for People exhibit at Bear Mountain. Photo by Amber Ray.

National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society, is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects.  

Join the Trail Conference in building and improving trails, removing invasive species, and more at events throughout the region. Show your love for trails on Saturday, June 4! 

 

Bear Mountain State Park
National Trails Day Celebration with REI and the Trail Conference
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spend the day with the trail building team of the Trail Conference and REI staff to plant native species at the Trails for People interpretive exhibit on the Appalachian Trail at the foot of Bear Mountain. Our Invasives Strike Force will also be onsite teaching the identification and removal of invasive species. A day of getting dirty is best rewarded with celebration; join us for lunch and a chance to win some REI gear as a token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to this valued outdoor destination. Register on the REI signup site.

Contact:
For more information on the day, contact John Leigh at [email protected].
For more information on helping to remove invasives, contact Linda Rohleder or Cody Mendoza at [email protected]; 201.512.9348.


Bear Mountain Trails Project
Megalithic Crew
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn technical rock work (dry masonry, cribwall, stair construction, stone shaping, etc.) on the Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain State Park. No experience necessary; we’ll train you on the trail! Find out more.

Contact: Ama Koenigshof
[email protected]; 616.337.2481


Catskill Park
Grand Opening of the Nature Trail at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Catskill Center and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will be celebrating the grand opening of the newly constructed Nature Trail at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (CIC) in Mount Tremper, N.Y. The CIC is the visitor center for the Catskill Park and offers visitors a unique Catskills experience with visitor information, hiking and walking opportunities, an outdoor art park, picnicking areas and more. At 11 a.m. we'll be cutting the ribbon on the new trail, followed by some drinks and snacks and then guided walks by the trail builders from the Trail Conference on the new trail. Find out more.

Contact: Catskill Interpretive Center
[email protected]; 845.586.2611

Sterling Forest State Park
Palisades Crew
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us as we build and repair trails in Sterling Forest State Park! Projects include opening trail corridors, trail tread repair and improvement, erosion mitigation and drainage, and technical dry masonry throughout the park. No experience necessary; we’ll train you on the trail! Find out more.

Contact: Ama Koenigshof
[email protected]; 616.337.2481

Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks 
Taconic Crew
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us as we build and restore trails in Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks in Cold Spring, N.Y.  Work will include tread and drainage improvements, as well as building rock stairs, crib walls, and more. No experience necessary; we’ll train you on the trail! Find out more.

Contact: Ama Koenigshof
[email protected]; 616.337.2481

 
Northwest New Jersey
West Jersey Trail Crew
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Help build trails in Northwest Jersey. For exact location and event details, contact crew leaders Monica and David Day. Beginners are welcome on all crew trips. Find out more.

Contact: Monica and David Day
[email protected]; 732.937.9098

Morristown National Historic Park
Introduction to Trail Maintenance
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This course covers an introduction to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and provides the skills necessary to maintain a hiking trail so it is easily passable and harmonious with its surroundings. Find out more.

Contact: Estelle Anderson
[email protected] 


Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Nor’westers Trail Crew
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the crew for a day of skills and accomplishment. We'll repair puncheon over a wet area of trail and clear the corridor for a new trail. Find out how satisfying trail restoration can be! Find out more.

Contact: Sandy Cascio
[email protected]; 732.500.7583

 

Wawayanda State Park
Ramapo Earth Crew
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Learn how to fix wet areas of trail by using proper drainage techniques. Everyone is welcome to join us for the day—beginners and experts alike! Find out more.

Contact: Patrick Suddeth
[email protected]