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In Solidarity, AHS Suspends Promotion of National Trails Day® 2020

June 5, 2020

Media Contact

Kate Van Waes
Executive Director, American Hiking Society

Silver Spring, MD

In its quest to be an ever-stronger ally, so as not to take space from the very important discussions and protests around racism in America and, in particular, around police brutality of Black bodies, American Hiking Society will suspend its promotion of National Trails Day® this year.  Instead, we will be taking allyship actions, including: amplifying Black voices in the outdoor community; sharing resources on racism in the outdoors that will link back to publications and content authored by people of color; and urging our supporters to call on Congress to pass legislation that provides equitable access to quality natural spaces for ALL. We thank our partners Athletic Brewing Co., Merrell, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Popular Mechanics, and others who have supported this decision to re-focus our efforts where we feel they are needed most at this time.


Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.