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NCTA Says Goodbye to the Schoolhouse

by Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA Executive Director The founding of the North Country Trail Association can be traced back to a group of visionary volunteers sitting around a kitchen table in a historic schoolhouse in White Cloud, Michigan. For close to 40 years, the Birch Grove Schoolhouse has served the North Country Trail community in many […]

Jaron Cramer

The Next Generation of Advocacy

“As a member of the NCTA Next Generation Coalition, I’m excited to see fellow Coalition members joining NCTA staff and board members to make the trip to Washington D.C. for the Hike the Hill event.” Jaron Cramer is also the Development and Communications Director for the Superior Hiking Trail Association.   “This event is an […]

Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier: Volunteer Spotlight

  “Stay curious and educate yourself on how you can make a difference on the Trail,” offered Sarah. “Do not doubt your ability to help.” Sarah Collier will spend 2020 as President Trainee of the Western Michigan Chapter and officially become Chapter President in January 2021. An avid outdoorswoman with a desire to make a […]

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Happy New Year from the NCTA!

by Andrea Ketchmark, Executive Director Happy New Year! Like many of you, I spend a lot of time at year’s end looking back at the previous 12 months and wondering how it went so fast. I also spend time considering the year to come, and think about all of the things I’d like to accomplish […]

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Giving Tuesday 2019: December 3

The North Country Trail Association has been challenged to raise $20,000 in one day and a generous donor will match every dollar. On December 3, the NCTA has 24 hours to raise $20,000 to meet this challenge. That’s 1,440 minutes to raise funds that help build and maintain the Trail, and 86,400 seconds to build funding […]

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Donor Membership

Becoming a member of the North Country Trail Association has never been easier! The Association is built upon donor memberships, which means your annual support qualifies you as a member. This is true if you are a first-time donor or if you are renewing your membership. Making a gift is the first step. Membership has […]

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New Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry: Brad Garmon

NCTA applauds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Brad Garmon as Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA Executive Director, joined other outdoor industry and recreation leaders for the announcement at Outside Coffee Co. in Grand Rapids yesterday. “From the Great Lakes to our expansive forest lands to a vast network of trails, […]