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Meet Our Trails Day Coordinator

Hi, I’m Chuck and I’m excited to begin my fourth year as Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s 2020 CT Trails Day Coordinator. For those of you who have led events in the past, we have hiked thousands of miles on Connecticut’s trails together on the first weekend in June. No one comes close to the job you’ve done, as we again led the nation in Trails Day events in 2019. Thank you for your leadership, that’s a lot of miles!

For those of you who are new leaders, welcome. We are here to help you plan a successful CT Trails Day event. In the coming weeks, our leader e-newsletters will give you tips and suggestions to help you get the word out. The earlier you plan, the more fun you and your guests will have. The CFPA Trails Day team makes it easy.

I’ve led corporate teams, campaigns and events while working and volunteering for conservation groups for over 30 years. My favorite thing is to spend time in the outdoors, having hiked and fly-fished the rivers of over 30 states. Today, I have the best job in the world working with CFPA, to see so many people visiting our wonderful parks, rivers, trails and historic landmarks in just one, very creative weekend. Amazing!

As a hike leader, you want to get the most for your efforts. More participants, more sponsors and more awareness for your organization or cause. Your event will bring like-minded folks together to hike, kayak, ride, repair trails, giving many a first-time experience. That’s the essence of Trails Day and we’re excited to make it happen for you.

Once you register your event, we’ll help get the word out throughout the state. Last year, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents visited our website, read our press releases and heard our radio coverage. Trails Day event booklets are sent to every library and town hall in the state. That’s how CFPA supports you. You can support CFPA by renewing or becoming a member today. If you like trails, you’ll love CFPA.

Feel free to let me know how I can help. I look forward to working together.

Thank you.

-Chuck Toal

trailsday@ctwoodlands.org or (860) 961-0255