National Trails Day: America’s Largest TRAILgating Party
Contact: Rhonda Schier, 610-783-1008
National Trails Day is Saturday, June 2, 2012
Valley Forge National Historical Park will host a Trails Fair in celebration of American Hiking Society's 20th annual National Trails Day.® The event will be held at the Betzwood Picnic Area from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This annual event is a long-standing celebration of America's magnificent trail systems and its countless supporters and volunteers. National Trails Day is celebrated in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The slogan for National Trails Day 2012, America's Largest TRAILgating Party, is an open invitation to all Americans to get outside and connect with local hiking clubs, community groups, and state and national parks.
Free programs will include guided hikes focusing on nature and history. Environmental organizations and conservation, health, and trails groups will offer educational clinics and presentations at outdoor exhibits. There will also be a showcase of the latest in outdoor equipment and gear. Also, this year the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will be partnering with the park with special activities and exhibits as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
There will be a birthday cake ceremony at 9:00 a.m.
National Trails Day promotes the relationship between trail users and good health. "This event is an excellent opportunity to explore park trails, get connected, give back through volunteerism, and reap the health benefits of all that trails offer," said park superintendent, Kate Hammond.
Individuals and groups may volunteer to help with trail maintenance. Volunteer projects for the day include removing invasive plants along the trail corridor and cleaning up litter along park trails. To volunteer, contact Ernestine White, Volunteer Program Manager, at 610-783-1029 or by email at e-mail us.
For more information about volunteering in the park:
Did You Know?
Port Kennedy Cave, located in what is now Valley Forge NHP, produced one of the most significant assemblages of Pleistocene fossils in North America. 14 plants and 48 animals are represented, including wolverine, Wheatley's ground sloth, long-nosed peccary, Hay's tapir, and lesser short-faced bear. More...