About Crooked Trails
CROOKED TRAILS WORKS TO ENSURE THAT TOURISM IS A POSITIVE FORCE IN THE WORLD.
Crooked Trails is an educational non-profit organization helping people broaden their understanding of the impact of travel on the world’s cultures and ecosystems through educational outreach, community development and sustainable travel programs.
“Celebrating Cultural Diversity”
Who We Are
Crooked Trails was founded in 1998 by Christine Mackay and Tammy Leland on the premise that tourism does not have to threaten the cultures and environments of popular tourist destinations and fragile regions. Our aim is to create more environmentally and culturally sensitive travel opportunities that hold long-term sustainability for host communities, as well as to educate travelers with guidelines and methods for making responsible travel choices.
We believe that together we can improve cultural, ecological, and economic conditions around the world by changing the way people travel.
What We Do
Crooked Trails offers immersive travel programs built around the ethics of sustainable travel in support of indigenous peoples around the world. We only collaborate with communities that have personally invited us, and community members choose and develop the projects we work on locally. Our travelers provide funding and labor assistance, and as a non-profit organization we also raise funds for additional support.
Our travel programs are true cultural exchanges that make positive contributions to host communities and have lasting, transformational effects on our travelers.
Crooked Trails educates travelers on how to travel more respectfully and how to lessen the negative impacts – both environmental and cultural – on the places they visit. We also work with tour operators, both at home and abroad, to incorporate those ethics into their programs. Our travelers receive in-depth pre-departure materials to equip them with best practices for maximizing the positive impact of their visit.
Our co-founders, both experts in the field since 1998, offer presentations throughout the year to the general public, schools & universities, travel conferences and clubs on sustainable travel and cultural stewardship.
Crooked Trails Federal Tax ID number (EIN): 73-1669742
Crooked Trails is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As such, a portion of our travel program fees, as well as any donations to Crooked Trails, are tax-deductible. We send tax receipts for all donations and program fees with applicable federal tax information.
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