50th Anniversary Opportunities

By Partnership for the National Trails System
Compiled from www.pnts.org and www.trails50.org

Opportunities to participate

In his 1965 “Natural Beauty Message” to Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired a national “system of trails” for the American people. Congress passed the National Trails System Act, signed into law by President Johnson on October 2, 1968. 2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, and we want you to be part of the commemoration! There are many ways you can #FindYourTrail and show support for the national trails.

National Trails Conference

OCTOBER 22-25, 2018

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and River Management Society (RMS) will host co-located events in Vancouver, WA from October 22-25, 2018 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers Systems Acts. These side-by-side events will bring together private and public organizations and Federal agencies dedicated to the preservation of the nation’s wild, scenic, and historic places.

Trail conference and river symposium themes and tracks will differ, however, there will be several joint sessions offered. For those interested in attending both events, dual registration will be available at an additional cost. Register before October 2nd to receive the early bird rate of $395. A limited number of exhibitor space, shared with RMS, is available for the conference.

Trail Apprentice Scholarships will be awarded to those between the ages of 18-28 with an interest in the National Trails System. Scholarships will include the cost of travel, lodging, registration, and choice of a mobile workshop. Applications are due by August 1st.

For more details and to register, click on the Trails50 tab and 2018 Conference: www.pnts.org/new/ntsa50/

Trail Stories

Each Saturday you can read a new submitted story about trails within the National Trails System, from stewardship and inspiration to education and history. You can also share yours.

Follow the blog: www.trails50.org/new-blog/
Submit your story: www.trails50.org/tell-your-story/

Event Map

Events are being added to the nationwide 50th anniversary map every week to help build capacity for future activism. Find an event near you, or add your organization’s event today!

Search the map and submit your event: www.trails50.org/find-an-event/

Photo Contest


The 50th anniversary photo contest is underway, and many beautiful and inspiring entries are racking up votes. Send us the best shots of how you #FindYourTrail by entering in the four categories: The Beauty of Trails; Citizen Stewards and Volunteerism; Historic Trails; Multi-Use Trails.

Review contest rules, enter, and vote: www.trails50.org/photo-contest/

Other ways to support the trails


Volunteers are the lifeblood of the National Trails System, helping foster and steward the trails’ amazing experiences through dedication, time, and hard work. Get involved today! www.trails50.org/volunteer/


Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the National Trails System, which will go toward land protection, education, and supporting citizen stewards. www.trails50.org/donate/


Show your trail love with special edition merchandise, such as logo pins, patches, decals, walking stick medallions, magnets, maps, shirts, and four styles of hats. www.trails50.org/shop/


Facebook and Instagram: @Trails50

Twitter: @NTSA50

e-Newsletter: www.trails50.org/contact/

Inquiries: communications@trails50.org




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