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National Trails Day on campus will honor trail champion

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Sand Creek Trail will be part of National Trails Day® for the fourth year, with a celebration in honor of Jacob D. Goering of North Newton.

June 6, the Sand Creek Trail Committee will join American Hiking Society’s 23rd National Trails Day®. The annual event draws outdoor enthusiasts from the United States to celebrate the national trail system and its supporters and volunteers.

SCT Committee members will be at the trailhead in Memorial Grove between dawn and dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), where they will have water for walkers – both humans and dogs – and be available to answer any questions about the trail.

Plan to start National Trails Day® on Sand Creek Trail early, with the first-Saturday bird walk. Birders should meet at 6:45 a.m. June 6 in the parking lot of Kauffman Museum on the Bethel campus. The walk will follow Sand Creek Trail.

Then come back at 3 p.m. for a special recognition event at the trailhead for Jake Goering. Goering had the vision to develop the trail more than a decade ago, and continues to encourage others to enhance and enjoy it.

In 2014, activities at thousands of sites attracted more than 140,000 Americans to National Trails Day® festivities. Participants hiked, biked, paddled and volunteered at more than 2,000 registered events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

National Trails Day 2015® is also part of Great Outdoors Month, an effort to get Americans outside. A coalition of recreation and environmental organizations, including American Hiking Society, American Recreation Coalition, National Wildlife Federation and the Corps Network, among others, are coordinating Great Outdoors Month.

President Obama and all 50 state governors have signed and issued the proclamation declaring June 2015 Great Outdoors Month.

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.

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

For more about Sand Creek Trail, including how to get there, visit the Sand Creek Trail page.

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