American Hiking Society invites hiking and trail enthusiasts and leaders to Washington, DC February 12-17 for the 14th annual Hike the Hill: Trails Advocacy Week! During the week-long Hike the Hill, hikers and trail advocates from across the nation will share experiences and advice, learn grassroots lobbying skills and strategies, and advocate for increased funding, promotion, and protection of our national system of trails and our natural heritage.
"Trails can help transform an individual, a family or a community and are available to people regardless of age, ability, or background," said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president. "Hike the Hill: Trails Advocacy Week gives people across the nation a chance to take part in conserving our landscapes, and develop tools to advocate for trails and engage a new generation of youth stewards and volunteers."
Hike the Hill is attended by leaders and trail enthusiasts from around the country who represent local and regional hiking, conservation and historic preservation organizations. This dynamic network of non-profit organizations, hikers, and volunteers will meet with members of Congress, federal land management agencies, and the Obama Administration to advocate for trails, open space and related conservation benefits.
The signature event of Hike the Hill will be the annual Hike on the National Mall on Valentine's Day, Monday, February 14. Join hikers, trail advocates, children, college students, partner organizations, and others in a celebration of America's national system of trails! Help us raise awareness of the importance of trails and hiking for our health, for our community pride, and for the preservation of our nation's treasured landscapes. The Hike on the National Mall is free and open to everyone, even if you're not attending other Hike the Hill events. The Hike on the National Mall will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and conclude at the Capitol steps.
Please join American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System at the Lincoln Memorial on Monday, February 14 at 9:00 am EST. For additional information, contact Mehvish Khan at MKhan@AmericanHiking.org or (800) 972-8608 ext. 302, or visit www.AmericanHiking.org/HTH.
Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America's hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org or call (800) 972-8608.