National Trails Day 2015


From Mountain Paths to Urban Greenways, SCA Celebrates the Nation’s Trails

This National Trails Day, SCA members and alumni were at work at ten events from coast to coast, taking in the beauty of our nation’s trails and building resiliency for future visitors.

In New York City, Washington DC, and San Francisco, members of SCA’s Alumni Council headed up Trails Day hikes for local young alumni. On the Hayward Regional Shoreline, Bay Area alums spotted baby crabs and other wetlands wildlife. At Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Virginia, alums took in some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the DC region. And in NYC, alumni from 1976 to 2014 explored the historic burial grounds of the Van Cortlandt family and the ruins of the Croton Aqueduct at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Elsewhere across the country, members and alumni celebrated National Trails Day through service. In Seattle, SCA’s Community Crew ended their school-year season with a Trails Day project and barbecue. In Pittsburgh, SCA volunteers planted along trails at McKinley Park.

In NYC, SCA members expanded paths at Hudson River Park on Manhattan’s West Side. And in Idaho, New Hampshire, and the Hudson Valley, members of SCA Corps Programs blazed new trail and rebuilt washed-out bridges in state parks and national forests.

At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, some of SCA’s newest members — SCA’s Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors — found time during their week-long training to celebrate Trails Day by improving horse trails at the park. Members dug in to learn rock work and naturalizing techniques — work that will help Rocky Mountain’s trails stay strong through the National Park Service Centennial and many years to come.

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