Silverspring, MD- American Hiking Society will be celebrating its 20th National Trails Day® (NTD) event on June 2, 2012. The event will bring outdoor enthusiasts across the country together to celebrate America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more!
To mark two decades of celebrating and maintaining America’s trails, the 2012 NTD event theme is America’s Largest TRAILgating Party. Move your party off the pavement to where the scenery is greener and the air is fresher. Experience, appreciate, and share the natural places we cherish by connecting with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies. “Twenty years ago, AHS built National Trails Day around the idea that for one day each year we should come together outdoors and give back to our favorite trails,” says Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president. “Since then, people from all walks of life have been coming out in increasing numbers on NTD to celebrate our trails and the great outdoors.”
Join American Hiking Society and their NTD sponsors, Merrell, Milk-Bone Trail Mix, The North Face, Adventure Medical Kits, Columbia, and Eastern Mountain Sports, as well as NTD partners REI, American Park Network, Backpacker Magazine, YMCA of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on NTD at an event near you.
To find out more about NTD 2012 or if your community organization would like to learn how to host an event, please contact John Michels, Trail Programs Manager, at jmichels@AmericanHiking.org or (800) 972-8608 x 208 or visit www.AmericanHiking.org.
About American Hiking Society
Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org or call 301-565-6704.