by JHY with information from American Hiking
American Hiking Society has long sponsored National Trails Day on the first Saturday of June each year. This year's theme is "Made with All Natural Ingredients."
National Trails Day is a celebration of trails that grew out of President Ronald Reagan's recommendation that all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes, be on trails. The recommendation, dubbed Trails for All Americans, became the impetus behind several public and private parties joining American Hiking Society in launching National Trails Day® in 1993.
Trails do not just appear for our enjoyment, it takes many hours of planning, labor, and negotiating to develop them. National Trails Day®, the only nationwide celebration of trails, brings awareness to trails and thanks many people and partners for their support and hard work, including volunteers, land agencies, and outdoor minded businesses. It is also a day to introduce people to the many joys and benefits of trails.
Registered Events in West Michigan for 2011
Traverse City: The Grand Traverse Conservation District is hosting a Boardman Valley Trail improvement project. (pre-registration required)
Grand Rapids: The Kent County Parks Department will be building new trail at Knapp Valley Forest Park. (pre-registration required)
Lowell: The West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is hosting a tour of historic Fellasburg Park in the morning, a hike in the afternoon, and a potluck dinner at 4 pm.
Branch and Manistee: The Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will host an event at two locations. Short guided hikes, snacks and parking fees waived by the Forest Service.
For more information about all registered events See American Hiking Society
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