AMC: Your Connection to the Outdoors
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.
- More than 35,000 youth from New England got outdoors with AMC's Youth Opportunities Program (YOP). YOP partners with youth workers and teachers to professionals to make the outdoors and the environment accessible and meaningful to youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Our volunteers led more than 8,000 trips which included biking, hiking, ice climbing, social events, cross-country skiing, skills and leadership trainings, fishing, and more.
- Our trail crew and volunteers maintained more than 1,800 miles of trail including 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
- More than 7,500 students participated in A Mountain Classroom (AMCR), who has the goal of increasing a student's understanding of the natural world and their relationship to it.
- We launched a new website (http://pahighlands.org/) that showcases an interactive map of the entire Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network, which will extend the existing Highlands Trail in New York and New Jersey.
- AMC worked closely with land conservation organizations in New Jersey to secure a $3 million through the federal Highlands Conservation Act to protect open space in the New Jersey Highlands and in NH to protect 31,000 acres buffering the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge.
- AMC’s research department undertook the successful certification and selling of one of the first forest carbon offset credits sales in New England from its Maine Woods Initiative 10,000 acre forest reserve lands. The proceeds will go back into AMC’s forest and recreation stewardship projects on its 70,000 acres of protected forest lands.
Your gift will help us continue important trail stewardship, conservation advocacy, and youth programming in the Northeast.