What are the benefits of registering a National Trails Day® Event?
1. Reach A New Audience
Registering an event is a great way to reach individuals outside your current circles. Each year, tens of thousands of individuals search for local events on the National Trails Day® events page. You benefit by having new trail supporters find you via American Hiking Society’s national media platform, ads in national outdoor magazines, and other media and outreach efforts. It’s free publicity for you! In 2017 National Trails Day® media interest reached an ad value of $2.7 million
2. Save Valuable Time
American Hiking Society provides event hosts with time-saving guides to help you plan and promote your event. The National Trails Day® guides will walk you through the planning process and provide content for you to promote your event. Use the included checklists, photos, logos, and templates for social media and newsletters to shave off hours of planning and promotion work.
3. Recruit Volunteer Support
Need help finishing a trail project? National Trails Day® is a great platform to recruit new volunteers. In 2017, an estimated 20,200 trail volunteers helped build and maintain nearly 800 miles of trail across the country.
What are the expectations for hosting a National Trails Day® event?
1. Event hosts facilitate a group trail activity
Any non-motorized trail activity can be considered a National Trails Day® event. Events can be simple group hikes or rides, they can be large community festivals or anything in between.
2. All events need to be registered (for free) on the National Trails Day® database
Maintaining a comprehensive list of all NTD events enables the general public to easily search for events in their area.
3. Event hosts need to provide a clear and accurate event description
Participants should know what to bring and what to expect at an event. Please make it clear if participants need to pay for park admissions or event registration.