Nurturing passion for the outdoors through recreational experiences


Safeguarding critical landscapes and supporting sustainable land use


Embracing a welcoming environment and expanding opportunities for all

Find Your Destination »

Spring has sprung! Enjoy the warmer weather at one of our destinations from Maine to New Jersey!

Adventure With Us »

Wildlife Transect - Tyringham Main Rd Area »

[23‑Apr‑2024] Our transect will take us to the Appalachian Trail lands in Tyringham, north of Main Rd. This will be our second look in the area so it will be interesting to see what's different.

Western MA Activity Committees »

AMC offers over 8,000 adventures annually, from local chapter activities to major excursions worldwide, for every ability level and outdoor interest. Our Western MA activity committees plan and lead nearly 300 of these activities every year. Join us for hiking, biking, paddling, mountaineering and many other outdoor activities, or volunteer to help maintain trails and corridors!

News & Events

Earth Day 2024 »

[22‑Apr‑2024] AMC is widely known for hiking and other outdoor adventures, but we're also actively engaged in protection activities across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. - helping to ensure the future enjoyment of the outdoors for all. Our aim is to create a culture of active conservation to help protect these resources and encourage participation.

August Camp 2024: Central Cascades »

Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests, as well as the pristine Three Sisters and Mount Jefferson Wilderness Areas. There are miles of trails that offer some of the best views in all of Oregon – including Cascade peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, alpine meadows, summertime wildflowers, lava fields, mountain lakes, and other natural wonders.

New! River Cleanup Initiative »

In recent years, the Western MA Chapter's Conservation Committee has collaborated with the Westfield River Watershed Association in their twice-yearly waterfront cleanup events. Since 2020, we have removed over two tons of material from the area of the West Springfield levee in West Springfield, MA.

Hiking Chair Wanted!

The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. This includes assisting leaders with hike planning and scheduling; encouraging and assisting interested hikers in becoming trained leaders; learning and sharing related AMC and Chapter policies; attending monthly Executive Commitee meetings; creating basic activity reports and submitting the committee's annual budget; and collaborating with fellow committee members to reach goals.
Curious? Drop us a line at for more information or to share your interest. We look forward to welcoming you! Learn why we do what we do, and gain the satisfaction of facilitating outdoor discovery and exploration!

Committee Highlights

Highlights are sorted by date added to the database. Scroll to see all.

DEI Committee »

Voice Your Support for EXPLORE! Congress is taking action to make outdoor recreation inclusive for all as the House of Representatives plans an upcoming vote on the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act. Voice your support for the EXPLORE Act and AORA (America's Outdoor Recreation Act) to increase equity in the outdoors. AMC »

Family Outings Committee »

April StoryWalk®. This month's StoryWalk® features "Thanks to the Animals" by Allen J. Sockabasin. This beautifully illustrated book has been named one of the Top 10 Native American Books for Elementary Schools by American Indians in Children's Literature.

Hiking Committee »

Reimagining an Industrial City. Join the Holyoke Heritage State Park interpreter for some exercise along the Canal Trail and discover how a city originally designed as an industrial mill town is being reimagined. READ MORE »

Communications Committee »

Welcome Spring! "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." – Charles Dickens

Bicycling Committee »

Bike With Us! We're offering a series of rides in April and May for those who are new to recreational road cycling starting in Hatfield, Sunderland and Whately. These towns are perfect for first rides as you cruise on mostly flat roads through beautiful farmlands and forests.

NET Committee »

Walking the NET in the Pioneer Valley. Join Patrick Henry, NET Section 5 Trail Adopter, as he walks the New England Trail (NET) - now a national scenic trail - in the Pioneer Valley. READ MORE »

Paddling Committee »

Paddling Instruction. Have you ever wondered what it's like to paddle a kayak on a turbulent river? This is your chance! Or, take part in our upcoming Canoe School, which provides flat water, moving water, Class 1 & mild Class 2 whitewater instruction.

Conservation Committee »

Tell Congress: Protect Imperiled Species & the Endangered Species Act! The Endangered Species Act (ESA) turns 50 this year, but it is still vulnerable to attacks. Contact your legislators and ask them to oppose all attacks on the ESA and to protect whales, wolves, grizzlies & other species. SIERRA CLUB »

A.T. Management Committee »

Did You Know? The 250,000-acre corridor of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and its surrounding landscape are rich in natural and cultural resources. The Western MA A.T. Management Committee runs a robust program to catalog, monitor, and manage these resources on A.T. land in our state. READ MORE »

Mountaineering Committee »

Massachusetts Climbers Just Won Big at Farley Ledges. With Access Fund's support, the Western Massachusetts Climbers' Coalition has secured permanent conservation protection for Farley Ledges and Rose Ledge. The victory is another reminder that when climbing access is threatened, local climbing organizations are often the first and best line of defense. READ MORE »

Support AMC!

Learn state-of-the-art skills. Make new friends. Have fun. Help protect our mountains, forests, waters, trails, and dark skies. Join the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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