GNJP’s newest show, currently in development, will take the viewer on a journey along the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey and New York, meeting hikers, volunteers and stewards.
We’ll explore glacial lakes and waterfalls, climb mountains, tramp along footbridges and trails, and examine human-made environments such as forest plantations, trails and structures created by the Civilian Conservation Corps under President Franklin Roosevelt.
Our journey will take us from the large-scale grandness of the trail to the up close and personal perspective of the thru hiker and day tripper.
For a list of the parks and other sites we’ll take you to, click here.
The Community: Hikers, Volunteers & Stewards
There is an entire community on the Appalachian Trail comprised of thru-hikers of all ages and backgrounds traveling on foot from Georgia to Maine. The community includes teachers, veterans, artists, environmentalists, adventurers, broken-hearted lovers and some unexpected participants.
The thru-hikers are only one part of the community. There are also day trippers and a myriad of volunteers and organizations providing support such as the Trail Angels offering provisions or the NY/NJ Trails Conference, which helps maintain the trail and protect the land. This colorful community exists against the backdrop of the rich history behind the establishment of the trail and through which the trail winds.
The Production Schedule
The show is currently in the development stage: fundraising, research, advance work and story & script creation. Filming is planned for May through November 2018 with a completed show for TV for spring of 2019. The show is the third in the Open Spaces & Historic Places series – the first was on Morris County and the second on Monmouth County. Both are broadcast on public television.
Why Film the AT in New Jersey & New York?
This project is important because it encourages viewers to disconnect for a while from the world that assaults us daily and to reconnect with a natural world that offers time for reflection and relaxation, and to develop a deeper appreciation for others by hearing the personal stories of the hikers and volunteers.
Our Goal is Threefold
To help further develop an appreciation of our world in order to be better stewards,
To get to know our fellow citizens a little better thus encouraging empathy and understanding,
and to encourage viewers to get outside.
This is done by producing a visually appealing video with an engaging story that takes the viewers to new places and appeals to viewers who care about their community and the world in which they live, but need a little nudge to appreciate and connect with that world more significantly. It will be the rare viewer who gets inspired to hike from Georgia to Maine from this show, but we hope to inspire viewers to take their friends and families for a day trip or a camping trip, to visit a historic site, to volunteer to clear a trail or to identify with the hikers or volunteers who share their stories in the video.
Broadcast & Distribution
The show will be offered to public television, where our other shows have aired, and will be available online free to academic institutions, environmental organizations, nonprofits and others to download and share the video. Our website will offer information and links on becoming involved and where to hike.