Meet Our Founders

 
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It all started when...

Carol & Bob Leone turned their lives upside down in 1988 because they wanted to raise their family in a place where people loved the outdoors! They left their jobs with the National Park Service & Appalachian Trail Conference to start a life in Maine and begin stockpiling wonderful outdoor memories. Along the way, they noted that not all were taking advantage of Maine's wonderful wild places and became concerned that young people, in particular, were becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. When they lost their 15-year-old daughter, Sara, in an accident, they founded Teens To Trails to help turn the tide and ensure that all young people had access to outdoor experiences.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.                        ~ Rachel Carson
 
Backpackers Lindsay, Bob & Sara Leone

Backpackers Lindsay, Bob & Sara Leone

Lindsay, Bob & Carol Leone... missing Sara

Lindsay, Bob & Carol Leone... missing Sara

When we lost Sara, our lives were turned upside down in an instant. Our loss could not have been more penetrating. In our search for some sense of reality, we turned to the one constant in our lives — nature.

We treasure all the special moments our family has had together out-of-doors ... scrambling over rocks to mountaintops, picking berries, digging our toes in the sand, searching for sand dollars, collecting heart rocks, pressing fall-colored leaves, watching a meteor shower, jumping ocean waves, kayak paddling against the tide, camping alone on an island, skiing with wind in our faces, catching snowflakes on our tongues, swimming with sea turtles, waking to the sounds of a blow hole, scuba diving in total darkness, watching a glacier calving. If we can help someone else to have even one such special moment in their life, it will have been well worth it.
— T3 Founder Carol Leone