Welcome to the North Country Trail Association’s first ever Virtual Celebration! We are happy that you are joining us. Please see our list of events below for a full description and registration information. Make sure to register for each event you are interested in to reserve your seat. If you have any questions concerning Celebration, please contact Abby Whittington, our Annual Events Coordinator, at 

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00pm EDT – Opening Ceremonies

Join our Executive Director, Andrea Ketchmark, as we kick off our first ever virtual Celebration! We will share some recent accomplishments, stories from the Trail and host a live Q&A to hear directly from you. Check This out on our Facebook Page!

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00pm EDT – North Country Trail Association Awards

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our awardees who have earned these distinguished awards such as Trail Builder, Rising Star, Outstanding Private Landowner and hear from the 2020 winners of the Thomas L. Gilbert Lifetime Achievement Award. Register Here

Thursday, August 13th at 7:00pm EDT – Founder’s Circle Reception

By special invitation only, our Founder’s Circle Members are invited to join us for an exclusive reception. We want to say thank-you for all you have done! *RSVP is required*

Wednesday, August 19th at 4:00pm EDT – Trail Management Webinar: Map Workshop

Join NCTA Staff Matt Rowbotham (GIS Coordinator), and Kenny Wawsczyk (Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator) as they discuss the role of the NCTA’s mapping technology in trail management and hiking.  They will present the tools they use on a day-to-day basis, including smartphones, tablets and Bluetooth GPS receivers.  They will also leave plenty of time for your questions on how to best work with the NCTA’s mapping resources from the perspective of both trail volunteers and hikers.  Register Here

Tuesday, August 25th at 3:00pm EDT – Next Generation Summit

Hear first hand from NCTA’s Next Generation Coalition Members about how they’ve been getting involved in outreach, volunteerism and advocacy along the Trail and how we can work together to engage the next generation of trail stewards. Register Here

Thursday, August 27th at 7:00pm EDT – North Country Stories: Creating space

Join NCTA’s Executive Director, Andrea Ketchmark, for this first in a series of conversations with outdoor leaders across the trails community and in our own backyard. In our first conversation, Andrea will connect with Alice Jasper, the host of Color Out Here, a show focused on reframing what outdoorsy looks like by creating a more inclusive outdoor space. Register Here

Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00pm EDT – An Evening with the National Park Service

Roundtable discussion and Awards

Join us for this opportunity to engage in dialogue with our National Park Service Team. Led by our Superintendent, Chris Loudenslager, this session is an opportunity to discuss important issues and priorities, meet new NPS staff, and celebrate another round of awardees as they recognize volunteers for the many hours of service to the Trail. Register Here