Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Barbuto

Sue BarbutosSusan Barbuto
Life Member
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

Seize the moment for our children

My family and I have decided to make the renovation of the Darlington Schoolhouse a priority in our philanthropy because it is a one-time opportunity to preserve a historic treasure that will serve our community for years to come.  As a lifelong environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast, I believe that we need to seize this moment for our children and future generations.  In one of my favorite books, Last Child in The Woods,  author Richard Louv states that strengthening the “bond between our young and nature is in our self-interest…because our mental, physical, and  spiritual health depend upon it.”

The Trail Conference, with its mission to “connect people to nature,” is an important community resource in this effort. The Trail Conference gives back to our communities far more than it requires to operate.  By training hundreds of volunteers to maintain our trails, it sustains access to our public lands and allows people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the exercise, beauty, and tranquility of the natural world.

Sue and Alice

Sue, along with campaign volunteer Alice Luddington-Cantor of Mahwah, tabling to raise awareness for the campaign and the Trail Conference at Ramsey Farmers Market.

The renovated Darlington Schoolhouse will serve as a training site, hikers’ information and gathering spot, and a community meeting place, as well as provide Trail Conference offices. The work that will go on there will enable residents in our densely populated area to get outdoors, hike, and appreciate the nature that surrounds us.

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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