Category Archives: Trail U

Ask a Trail Builder: How Do You Design a Good Trail?

By Ama Koenigshof, Trail Builder and Educator I didn’t realize people actually design trails. How do you figure out the best place to build them? While designing a new trail, I have a lot of things running through my mind: … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a Season of Appalachian Trail Building at Bear Mountain

By Caitlyn Ball, AmeriCorps member of the Bear Mountain Crew October 11th was the last day of the AmeriCorps members’ 2014 season with the Bear Mountain Trail Crew. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we cried, we hugged, we cried, … Continue reading

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Our Trail U Gets NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

We are very proud to announce that the Trail Conference was named winner of the 2014 New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the Environmental Education (Educator-led) category for our Trail University program.  The award was presented by the New Jersey … Continue reading

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My Trail to Becoming a Volunteer Supervisor

By Patrick J. Dalton, Trail Conference Supervisor of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Staten Island In May 2014, I renewed my Trail Conference membership and rekindled my dormant passion for hiking and outdoors solitude. It had been three … Continue reading

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Looking for the Best (Free!) Full-Body Exercise? Try the Trail-Building Workout

By Tina McGill, AmeriCorps member of the Palisades Trail Crew, and Soňa Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator The Trail Conference is proud to present its very own GREEN GYM! Tired of smelly, expensive indoor venues and boring workouts? Visit our spacious … Continue reading

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Getting to Know a Dragon on Bear Mountain

By Caitlyn Ball, AmeriCorps member of the Bear Mountain Crew The Komodo Dragon joins us every weekend on Bear Mountain. He’s aptly been given this nickname because of the tenacious manner in which he goes about his work. Daniel Yu … Continue reading

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Trail volunteers learn to ‘armor’ a stream crossing

By Jed Mason, AmeriCorps Member of the Palisades Trail Crew “Why would you armor a stream crossing?” Great question: What exactly is armoring, and why do it? On July 25, the first Trail-U workshop offered by the Palisades Crew this season focused … Continue reading

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