The World is our Classroom: An Afternoon with Author Cindy Ross

Cindy’s story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas. This Canada-Mexico trek illustrated to Cindy and her husband what experiential education can do. Inspired by the experience, they went on to create a new way of supplementing their children’s education, focusing on two arenas for learning: the natural world and travel.

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3rd Annual Outdoor Festival

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Join chapter members of all ages for a celebration of all things outdoors: guided hikes, nature walks, camping skills workshops, music throughout the day, child-friendly activities, and a climbing wall! This free event includes a BBQ lunch and will be held at Noble View, an amazing and popular 358-acre facility that has been connected to our chapter since 1930.

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Young Members (20s/30s) Leadership Training Weekend

Take the first step to becoming an outdoor trip leader for your local AMC Chapter! Brush up on your outdoor leadership skills and connect with other outdoor enthusiasts in their 20s & 30s. Topics of the training course will include group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, and decision-making. Register by September 7th. Click here to learn more.

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Wilcox South Shelter

Want a Unique Volunteer Experience?

Many Chapter members know well how to find out about upcoming trips like bicycling rides, hikes, climbs, and paddling excursions. What isn't as well known is that "volunteer opportunities" are listed in a different place! While most volunteer opportunities take place in the outdoors just like Chapter trips, they aren't really "trips." Rather, they are opportunities to "give back" in different ways, like these:

Cabin Fever Potluck and Presentation

Meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, learn news about our club, and join in a delicious potluck dinner! After dinner we'll enjoy a great presentation about the Galapagos, 19 islands in the Pacific called a 'living museum and showcase of evolution' and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The presenters are Joe Gelinas and Roxanne Suprina, AMC Berkshire Chapter hike leaders, who visited the Galapagos last year. They have amazing tales and photos of the region and its wildlife.

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