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7 Reasons to Lead a Connecticut Trails Day Event

There is no other trails celebration like it. Connecticut Trails Day is proud to be the largest National Trails Day® celebration in the nation—featuring over 250 volunteer-led events each year. Besides just being a lot of fun, there are many benefits to leading a Connecticut Trails Day event. Participating is a gratifying experience for everyone involved.

Event leaders will enjoy:

  1. A cool t-shirt 
  2. Having your event featured in the CT Trails Day online directory
  3. Introducing hikers, families and new friends to your property and trails
  4. Building community support for your trail project
  5. Sharing the natural, cultural, scenic & historic highlights of your favorite trail
  6. Encouraging folks to get out and enjoy healthy recreation
  7. Generating publicity for your organization

Want to get involved? Plan and submit your CT Trails Day event  starting January 1, 2019 

Event submissions must be received by May 15, 2019 to be included in the enhanced, comprehensive CT Trails Day online event listings. The deadline for events to be included in the printed 2019 CT Trails Day Booklet is March 15th.


Testimonials—Learn why others take part in this annual celebration

“The Last Green Valley is always very pleased to host a CT Trails Weekend outing—particularly paddles. Connecticut has many beautiful rivers and water trails are a great way to share the amazing natural resources of this region with residents and visitors to The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.”

—Bill Reid, Chief Ranger at The Last Green Valley

 

“I love being out in the woods for almost any reason. I especially love helping others get out and enjoy the woods. Some participants are already avid hikers looking for a new place to hike and I enjoy leading them through woodlands I especially like. Some participants want to start hiking and Trails Weekend is an easy and safe way for them to begin. It’s also fun to see friendships formed on a hike. Hopefully we are also helping to foster advocates for maintaining woodlands and open space.”

—Jan Gatzuras, CFPA Volunteer Trail Manager

 

“Hill-Stead respects and honors the work done by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association for preserving and nurturing one of the finest trails systems in the world [the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails]. We also honor Hill-Stead’s founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, who was an early member of the Association and initially helped fill a gap in the Metacomet Trail between Route 6 and Farmington Avenue in 1940. She celebrated walking, inspired by the two hours a day walks that were required when she went to Miss Porter’s School in Farmington in the 1880s. It is terrific that walkers today can go on the Metacomet Trail, thanks to good partnership, knowing it will be preserved. We find it fun and inspiring to be part of CT Trails Weekend.”

—Betty Collins, Hill-Stead Museum Interpreter