Volunteers are the heart and soul of the North Country Trail Association. When giving one’s time, a life-changing connection is made between the individual and the Trail itself.
This year we were thrilled to feature custom artwork, created in collaboration with Minnesota illustrator Jordan Sundberg of Tin Cup Design Co., on an Original Buff® as one thank you gift for those joining or renewing their membership.*
“I want the NCT to be here for a very long time and for folks all around to partake in the life-giving gifts the Trail offers,” Jordan said. “I had the most wonderful opportunity to create eight unique pieces illustrating an NCT scene from each state on the Trail. As I worked away, I imagined folks in each part of the NCT country taking in the power and peace of nature.”
Watch these videos to hear why some current Chapter members feel being an official part of this Trail Community is so special.
My NCT 2021
In the second year of the program, the NCTA is honored to have collaborated with Minnesota painter and beader Leah Yellowbird.
“I’m Anishinaabe, Ojibwe, Algonquin, and Métis,” explained Leah. “What I do in the style I paint is nature, or my interpretation of nature, or the Ojibwe interpretation of nature. I wanted to do a butterfly because to me, it’s just floating around – it’s beautiful; it’s here, it’s there, that’s the Trail.”
Having only launched the My NCT program in 2020, we set an aggressive goal for 2021 of 400 members joining or renewing. Jerry and Nancy Fennell and Tom and Mary Moberg joined the effort by issuing challenge gifts to help achieve success. And you did it. Over 850 members joined or renewed during this drive. Thank you for being here for the North Country Trail and for showing how much membership matters.
My NCT 2020
What happens when the Association and a woodblock print maker team up? The result is a one of a kind design that proudly tells the This is My NCT story and for a limited time, we are making it available to you.
West Michigan artist Rae Lang (formerly known as Erica Lang) has captured the spirit of the North Country National Scenic Trail through her own unique way of storytelling. Rae and her Woosah brand have created a one-of-a-kind woodblock printmaking design made specifically for NCTA.