The Need for a Conservation Training and Visitors Center

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Trails Council meeting at Trail Conference HQ

If you have ever stopped by our Trail Conference office in Mahwah, NJ, (the former Ford Union Hall) you know what a busy place it is. On any given weekday, and some weekends, the office is bustling with staff, volunteers, and visitors. The office is a hub where information is collected from volunteers out in the field, maps and books are sold, mailings are sent, materials are stored, and all our meetings and indoor work take place.  Crammed into the corners, you’ll find some of the Trail Conference’s best equipment: loppers, pickmatics, and other specialized trail tools. We don’t have enough space to store these items, nor do we have proper facilities to clean them on-site.

During the past few years, the number of trail miles we maintain has grown to over 2,000!  The parks we service, staff members we employ, and programs we operate have all grown. With the numerous committees, Trail University workshops, and training sessions we host, we have simply run of space in our rented home. Because we cannot accommodate many workshops and sessions on-site, we must find outside space, sometimes incurring additional fees in the process. Even our regular volunteers have to squeeze into an increasingly tight space to do their good work for us.

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Assembling maps at TC HQ.

With each passing day, the Trail Conference’s need for a permanent facility becomes more pressing.  The sooner we complete and move into our new headquarters at Darlington Schoolhouse, the better we will able to do what we do best: care for the trails and protect your access to nature.

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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