The NCTA honors volunteers for their service on and for the North Country Trail.
The awards ceremony is held each year during the annual NCTA Celebration. Those who receive these awards have given exceptional service, often many years’ worth, to the North Country Trail and the North Country Trail Association. There are diverse award categories to represent the myriad of efforts put forth for the Trail.
Nominations for 2024 awards will open in the early spring of 2024.
NCTA Honor Awards
NCTA Chapter, Affiliate, and Partner leaders can also select local volunteers to receive an Honor Award. This award is different in that there is no nomination: The award is guaranteed. If a Chapter or Affiliate manages more than 200 miles, they shall be entitled to one Honor Award recipient for every 100 miles the Chapter/Affiliate maintains. The criteria is as follows: “Chapter or Affiliate volunteers who demonstrate loyalty, commitment, and hard work annually to the local organization’s chosen activities.”
As local leaders, it is your choice to select one name (or if a married couple, two names) for this award and submit it to the NCTA no later than October 16, 2023. The NCTA Annual Events Coordinator, will order a physical award that you can present to your honoree at a local event after mid-December. Please nominate only one individual or couple per Chapter/Affiliate/Partner. One extra will be allowed if your Chapter or organization didn’t submit any names in 2022.
2023 Honor Award submissions are being accepted through October 16. Send your submissions to email@example.com. The list of 2023 award recipients will be featured in an upcoming issue of the North Star magazine, and announced at the 2024 Celebration during the NCTA Annual Awards presentation.
National Park Service Awards
In 1970, Congress passed the Volunteers-In-Parks Act to allow national parks to use “volunteers for or in aid of interpretive functions, or visitor services or activities.” Since then, volunteers have supported National Park units in many aspects, such as natural and cultural resources, interpretation and maintenance. In turn, volunteers have been able to give back to communities in some of the most visually captivating, historically rich, and ecologically vital locations our nation has to offer. Volunteers with the North Country National Scenic Trail are included as part of that National Park legacy. Thanks to all the North Country Trail volunteers for your hard work and dedication throughout the years!