Your Connection To the Outdoors

About the Appalachian Mountain Club


The mission of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is to foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors.

We envision a world where our natural resources are healthy, loved, and always protected, and where the outdoors occupies a place of central importance in every person’s life.

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Western Massachusetts Chapter

The Western Massachusetts Chapter carries out the AMC mission in the geographic region defined by the four counties that comprise Western Massachusetts, namely: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden. The Chapter is organized into activity committees, each of which operates semi-independently, but with oversight from the Chapter's Executive Committee. All members of the Executive Committee are volunteers drawn from the chapter's membership.

NOTE: Until late 2020, the Western Massachusetts Chapter was called the Berkshire Chapter. In Summer 2020, the chapter's Executive Committee began reaching out to our community to explore a new name for the chapter. Chapter leaders were concerned that the name "Berkshire Chapter" did not fully welcome and include all members of the many communities served by the chapter. As noted above, the chapter serves Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties, as well as Berkshire. It also turns out that at least three quarters of the chapter's volunteer-led activities happen in the three counties comprising the Connecticut River Valley. We collected lots of data, both formally through a member survey and informally through conversations with trip leaders and participants. The overwhelming majority supported changing the chapter name to the Western Massachusetts chapter. This name change was approved by AMC's Board of Directors in November 2020.

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We look forward to seeing you outdoors!