The American Hiking Society is expanding the impact of its NextGen Trail Leaders program, launched in 2018.

The program provides a platform for a diverse cohort of five 18-40 year-old leaders in outdoor advocacy and stewardship to serve as influential, activist ambassadors for the hiking community.

American Hiking recruits, trains, and fosters the Trail Leaders in advocacy and service. Through the year, they work with AHS to protect, fund, and ensure access to public lands (particularly hiking spaces), while also amplifying the importance of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the hiking community.

They have the opportunity to join over 100 trail advocates from across the country for Hike the Hill® advocacy week in DC, lead outdoor events and service projects, advocate directly with elected officials, engage through campaigns on social media, and participate in professional development activities.

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