Trail Conference Celebrates 99 Years of Service

October 19, 2019
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Trail Conference Celebrates 99 Years of Service
Volunteers participate in stewardship activities with the Trail Conference and REI at Bear Mountain State Park. Photo by Jerrica Lavooy.


How is the Trail Conference celebrating turning 99 years old? By thanking YOU!

When New York State began developing parks such as Harriman and Bear Mountain in the 1920s, passionate hikers seized the opportunity to lend their expertise to develop marked trail systems opening the outdoors to the general public. They felt a responsibility to care for the land, create trails, and connect people with nature. On Oct. 19, 1920, they came together and formed the Trail Conference, ensuring there would always be a stream of trained volunteers available to accomplish this important work.

Today, we turn 99 years old because that passion still runs strong. We've been able to do this vital work for nearly a century because there are volunteers, members, partners, and donors who see this work as vital and say, "Yes! Let's do it!" So they roll up their sleeves and get it done. That's the Trail Conference. That's YOU! So thank you. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community that comes together to create better experiences outdoors for everyone. Thank you for being a part of our legacy.

Support the Trail Conference's next 99 years. Donate today and help protect the land you love!