Good afternoon, friends of the Appalachian Trail!
In conjunction with National Public Lands Day, the 8th annual Family Hiking Day on the A.T. will be held on September 22nd this year - an important year as it is also the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act.
On Family Hiking Day, the ATC promotes and supports guided hikes and stewardship events on the A.T. hosted by our Trail partners, educators, advocates. We know that many A.T.-maintaining clubs and A.T. Communities are planning hikes, stewardship opportunities,and outreach events to celebrate Family Hiking Day with us.
If your club or community is planning such an event, we would love to help get the word out! Please let ATC know about your event by filling out this form, or responding to this email with the following information about your activity by August 1st:
Activity Description (including difficulty and length if including a hike - see attachment):
Meeting location and time:
Additional location directions (if any):
Nearby metro areas (within 2 hours):
Sign-up necessary, and if so, directions for sign-up:
Point of contact name, number, and/or email:
We also have a variety of resources to share with event leaders and will offer a training webinar on August 21st at noon. Attached is a poster you can use to publicize your event. We also will have a new hike leadership manual coming in August, and can offer other individual support like suggesting possible route suggestions, tips for a great Family Hike and methods for promoting your specific event. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
We hope to hear from you soon, and until then, happy hiking!
National Service Coordinator Intern
Next Generation Advisory Council Member
Keystone Trails Association