Community HealthCorps Members Take a Break to Build Trails


By Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator

The Trail Conference recently hosted a group of nine Community HealthCorps members for a day of trail work. Field Manager Erik Mickelson led the group on a day of trail building on the Appalachian Way, the new connecting trail between Canopus Lake beach and the Appalachian Trail in Fahnestock State Park.

The nine are enrolled through AmeriCorps for 12 months (1,700 hours each) with Hudson River Health Care, an outreach program for uninsured and underinsured families in the Hudson Valley.  The program focuses on patient education and quality improvements.  The members work in various locations including Yonkers, Peekskill, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie.

When asked why they wanted to volunteer with the Trail Conference on a freezing cold November morning, they responded, “We want to help build trails because we want an excuse to be outside, to get dirty, and to have fun.”

If your group would like to get similarly involved, contact Volunteer Coordinator John Leigh at

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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1 Response to Community HealthCorps Members Take a Break to Build Trails

  1. Ken Malkin says:

    Great work! Thank you all!

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