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2021 National Trails Day® Update
The health and safety of National Trails Day® hosts, volunteers, and participants is our top priority. American Hiking Society asks all participants and events to abide by COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local governments.
Plan Your Event
Your event can be as simple as organizing a trail clean-up or leading a hike, ride, or paddle on your favorite trail. Taylor your event for your needs. Check out the 2021 Event Host Guide for helpful tips on planning your event.
Get the Word Out
Register your event for FREE so participants can find your event on the National Trails Day® event web page. Sponsors and the media also use the event list to promote events. Our promotional toolkit makes it easy to spread the word about your event.
Connect with More People
In 2019, National Trails Day® reach more than 19 million people on social media and hundreds of thousands of Americans participated in events in all 50 states and Washington D.C. View the 2019 Report to see the nationwide impact.
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. In 2019, more than 500,000 individuals were reached through American Hiking Society's social media campaign for National Trails Day®. 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!
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 2019, an estimated 41,000 trail volunteers helped improve 869 miles of trail across the country.
What are the expectations for hosting a National Trails Day® event?
1. Event hosts facilitate a (virtual or in-person) group trail activity
Any non-motorized trail activity can be considered a National Trails Day® event. Events can be simple group recreational opportunities, trail service projects, or virtual events.
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.
Millions of people have found physical, mental, and emotional restoration on trails during the pandemic. Let’s return the favor as a community and care for the magnificent American trail system, helping more people in the U.S. enjoy trails and quality green space. American Hiking Society (AHS) invites the public to celebrate National Trails Day® on June 5th, 2021, in three ways:
The pledge is a simple way to take action in 2021 to care for trails and advocate for safe, welcoming access to quality green space. We’ll provide easy actions people can take; we encourage you to create a unique challenge or custom call-to-action for your community too. Everyone who takes the pledge will be entered to win prize packages each week in May and a grand prize after NTD.
AHS understands organizing safe in-person events in 2021 won’t always be possible. We’ve modified our event system to promote both in-person and virtual events. It’s an excellent opportunity to connect with new and existing trail users in your community in creative ways. Registering your event makes it easier for more people to find it and participate.
- Share social media content:
Invite your online community to share why trails are vital to them. Encourage people to tag you/your organization, #NationalTrailsDay, and @AmericanHiking in their social media posts to help connect the hiking community virtually. Photos tagged with @AmericanHiking and #NationalTrailsDay on Instagram will be entered into the NTD photo contest with a chance to win outdoor gear from our sponsors.
We hope you’ll join us and engage your community in the month leading up to NTD with these actions. We know your time is incredibly valuable, so we have put together sample content to help you promote National Trails Day® with your audience. Feel free to use the templates as-is or modify them to suit your needs.
Thanks again for joining us. We’re so grateful for your partnership.
Campaign Hashtags: #NationalTrailsDay @AmericanHiking
2021 Graphics and Visuals: https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/host-information/#ntd-graphics
American Hiking Society Networks: Please tag @AmericanHiking in your posts so we can share your National Trails Day® content.
Please incorporate these graphic elements into your NTD promotional materials. Please do not alter the appearance of the logos.
To download graphics click on the color link. When the selected graphic loads right-click on the image and click "Save Image As". Note: the white versions might not be visible on your browser right-click in the center of your screen and click "Save Image As".