Virtual Experience: Centennial Gala

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We celebrated our Centennial Gala on Saturday, October 16, at the Bear Mountain Inn, marking 100 years of empowering people to connect with nature and protect the land they love. If you were unable to attend, our virtual experience allows you to enjoy the festivities as if you were there!

One hundred years ago, the Trail Conference was founded by outdoor-lovers who believed the weariness of fast-paced, modern life could be cured by a walk in the woods. Today, the demand for outdoor recreation is at an all-time high as people turn to nature to relax and recharge after an extremely challenging year.

Since 1920, the Trail Conference has been literal and figurative trailblazers in the conservation movement. Every time our volunteers step on a trail, they are embodying the values of an organization that strives to provide safe, enjoyable opportunities outdoors and inspire a deeper appreciation for the care that natural areas require. 

To mark this milestone, we honored Dr. Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky—philanthropist, environmentalist, and longtime Trail Conference champion. Read more about her legacy.



Reflections: 100 Years of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. A limited-edition book celebrating 100 years of Trail Conference history
Moved By Nature, United By Trails Stainless Steel Tumbler
Snacks and goodies to munch on while viewing
Centennial Gala Program


WELCOME: Joshua Howard, Executive Director and Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner of New York State's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

THE TRAIL CONFERENCE AT 100: Master of Ceremonies: Fred Osborn III, Commissioner for the Taconic Region of New York State’s Office of Parks, Recreati on and Historic Preservation

LOOK BACK: A 2-minute, inspiring look back at the founding of the organization and the passion and hard work that’s made the trails we know and love today possible.

FOUNDATION BUILDING: Jane Daniels, 2011 Raymond H. Torrey Awardee for Lifetime Impact

LOOK AHEADA 2-minute look forward into the Trail Conference’s second century of service. Despite the myriad of threats that trails face, the organization is taking innovative steps to rise to the challenge.

NEXT GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP: Peter Dolan, Trail Program Manager, and Kathleen Bezik, Executive Assistant

A LEGACY IN STEWARDSHIP: Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D., philanthropist, environmentalist, and longtime Trail Conference champion

*Virtual expereinces will be available for viewing by December.

We are moved by nature; we are united by trails. We hope to see you there!



October 16th, 2021 6:00 PM to December 31st, 2021 10:00 PM
United States
Event Fee(s)
Virtual Experience $175.00
Celebrate with a Birthday Gift $1.00
Additional event information
Coordinator Jennifer Zack
For more information, contact... [email protected]