Our values of conservation, volunteerism, and education rank among the primary reasons that our supporters make the Trail Conference a priority. Some of our closest friends have chosen to make a one-time legacy naming gift to permanently support the Trail Conference and its mission.
Dr. David Kopp and Reverend Dr. Ronnie Stout-Kopp are valued Trail Conference members and generous supporters of the Darlington Schoolhouse capital campaign. They believe strongly in maintaining trails and making them accessible to the public through parks and green spaces.
Understanding that parks and trails are our “singular ancient heritage in the U.S.,” Ronnie and Dave were inspired by the words of Andrew J. Downing (American landscape designer, horticulturalist, writer, and advocate of the Gothic Revival style). Downing stated in 1847, “If we have neither old castles nor old associations, we have at least, here and there, old trees that can teach us lessons of antiquity not less instructive and poetical than the ruins of a past age.”
Dave observed that the Trail Conference’s restoration and creative adaptation of the 1891 Darlington Schoolhouse, with its historically significant Arts and Crafts design by Newport, R.I., architect Dudley Newton, is the perfect marriage of building and purpose. It educates us all on the importance of preserving our ancient heritage of parks and trails, for all to enjoy. For this reason, Ronnie and Dave have chosen to dedicate the Trail Conference Staff Conference Room to A.J. Downing.
A naming gift places your imprimatur on the Trail Conference headquarters and produces benefits for generations to come. Named gifts may pay tribute to,– or memorialize – individuals, organizations, or causes. The Trail Conference headquarters offers naming opportunities at a variety of gift levels (view availability). You may make an outright naming gift or spread payments over three years. To learn more about naming opportunities, please contact Don Weise at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201.512.9348, x13.