Trail Promotion and Education Award

This award recognizes innovative and successful strategies for promoting and increasing trail use and understanding.

 

The Georgia Mountains Children’s Forest Network

By enhancing and expanding successful programs offered through strong Forest Service partnerships, this Children’s Forest Network cultivates an understanding of public lands and fosters participation in the care of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and its surrounding lands and forests.

The Georgia Mountains Children’s Forest Network creates opportunities for diverse young Georgians to experience and explore the national forest in their backyard. By enhancing and expanding successful programs offered through strong Forest Service partnerships, this Children’s Forest Network cultivates an understanding of public lands and fosters participation in the care of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and its surrounding lands and forests. The network focuses on addressing the cultural and financial obstacles that exist for underrepresented youth in making a connection to the trail and national forests that belong to them. Coalition impact has reached over 20,000 youth. The Children’s Forest is an inclusive effort that connects communities, land managers, and non-profits to provide a wide-range of innovative programs to engage North Georgians in fostering healthy, sustainable connections to the outdoors. The network shows how innovation through collaboration can increase the effectiveness of these programs. Partners support a number of programs that support collective impact and engagement. With finite resources, five partner organizations collectively manage and support multiple program elements bringing a focus to enhance connection of young people in northern Georgia to the Appalachian Trail and the Chattahoochee National Forest.


More winners of this award

2017: Cleveland Metroparks Trail Ambassador Volunteer Program