Category Archives: Trail U

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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Trail U Welcomes Ramapo College

When someone handles a sledgehammer, you can see almost immediately if it’s their first time. If it is, legs buckle, wrists seem to flex at angles they shouldn’t, and nobody knows what in the world to do with their feet. … Continue reading

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Earth Day Reminder: Leave No Trace to Protect Our Environment

By John Leigh, Volunteer Coordinator and Leave No Trace Trainer We all enjoy getting outdoors and taking in the views and the fresh air, and the great views.  We all love stretching our legs and seeing where they will take … Continue reading

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Two Weekends of Earth Day Activities on Trails

We’re Marking Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) with TWO Extra Big Weekends of Outdoor Teaching and Volunteering:  26 trail workshops, park clean-ups, and crew outings are on our schedule for the next two weekends, and more in between. Check out the … Continue reading

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Sharing and Learning at Professional Trail Builders Conference

Several of our staff members attended the 2014 Sustainable Trails Conference held by the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA) in Roanoke, West Virginia in early April. This annual conference brings together professional trail builders, trail nonprofits and agency partners from … Continue reading

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Be Prepared for Mud Season on Trails

By Ama Koenigshof, Trail Builder and Educator Yes, we want to walk around muddy patches when we come to them, and in spring, we may encounter them often. But walking around the mud ends up widening the trail, causing added … Continue reading

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Map & Compass Skills Can Back Up Your Batteries

More than 30 attendees learned map and compass skills at a workshop jointly sponsored by the Trail Conference and our member club, Mid-Hudson ADK. Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator for the Trail Conference, taught the class Tuesday evening, March … Continue reading

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