Autumn Hikers

National Trails Day: Part of Something Bigger

National Trails Day: The North Country Trail Association American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® first began in 1993 to highlight the importance of the National Trails System, and to enhance its quality and accessibility for the general public. By encouraging partnerships with outdoor organizations, agencies, and trail groups, National Trails Day succeeds in uniting the larger trail community behind the common cause of demonstrating the tremendous value in America’s trails. The North Country Trail Association, for example, has celebrated National Trails Day since the mid-nineties and continues to work with agencies and other local organizations every year to bring awareness to the North Country National Scenic Trail and the many recreation opportunities it offers. For many NCTA chapters, National Trails Day ... Read more

National Trails Day: Fundraising to “Friend-Raising”

National Trails Day: Ice Age Trail Alliance, Lodi Valley Chapter Every year, American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day (NTD) attracts thousands of Americans to participate in family-friendly outdoor activities across the country.  A great majority of these events are organized by local clubs or chapters of larger trail or recreation organizations.  Since 2002, the Ice Age Trail Alliance's Lodi Valley Chapter (IATA LVC) has celebrated National Trails Day, helping the organization achieve important fundraising targets, while growing their constituent network in the process. Joanna Kramer Fanney, coordinator of the Lodi Valley Chapter, explains that the larger Ice Age Trail Alliance celebrates National Trails Day by organizing "special hikes" in many of its 21 chapters across the state of Wisconsin.  These hikes help ... Read more