Celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Contact: Ernestine White, 610-783-1029
VALLEY FORGE, PA - Valley Forge National Historical Park will host a Trails Fair in celebration of the American Hiking Society's 21st annual National Trails Day®. The event will be held at the Betzwood Picnic Area from 8 a.m. to 1 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.This special day 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 at Valley Forge will include guided hikes focusing on nature and history. Environmental organizations as well as 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.
National Trails Day promotes the relationship between healthy parks and healthy people."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 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 e-mail us.
Learn more about additional volunteering opportunities at Valley Forge!
Did You Know?
Following the Civil War, a patriotic organization worked to raise funds to purchase the Isaac Potts house as an historic site. By the 1880's, the house was open to the public, followed by the establishment of Valley Forge State Park in 1893.