Your Connection To the Outdoors

Learning & Training

Pertaining in some way to skills/knowledge development, qualifications, certification, etc.

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

Whether or not you have much experience yet with AMC, we’d like to invite you to the upcoming Young Members (20s/30s) Leadership Training Weekend at Cardigan Lodge in New Hampshire. Hosted by AMC staff and experienced volunteers, you’ll spend the weekend with other Young Members across AMC, from Maine to Virginia. “Classroom” time is spent at the hall and on the trail, and during evening socials you can sit with the group by the fire with a guitar or find an Adirondack chair with a view.

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Volunteering on the AT

Volunteer on the Appalachian Trail

The A.T. Committee 2016 Work Schedule is now live at https://tinyurl.com/AT-Projects-2016. Check it out and consider giving us a day or two this summer. We've got projects ranging from rare plants to rebuilding the front porch of Upper Goose Pond Cabin, and you can choose to spend a whole or a half-day caring for the this world famous trail. Best to contact the listed leader for last minute info. Questions to at@amcberkshire.org

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

Expand your hiking skills and learn to love winter. Workshop will provide information on hike preparation, proper gear, hydration, nutrition, and how to stay warm for winter hiking in Western Mass. Workshop will be followed by a series of progressive winter hikes.

November 02, 2015 6:30PM - 9:00PM (Mon)
November 2, 2015 6:30-9:00 PM
Northampton Unitarian Society, Social Room
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Explore Your Inner Backpacker

The next in the Backpacking Workshop Series is a 3 day trip coming up Friday June 12th through Sunday the 14th (more info below). This is a joint effort of the Berkshire and Worcester Chapters.

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May 16-17 Backpack #1 (easy-moderate) Tully Trail, Royalston, MA
May 30-31 Backpack #2 (moderate-challenging) Stratton Loop, Vermont
May 30-31 Backpack #3 (moderate-challenging) Mid State Trail, Westminster, MA
June 12-14 Backpack #4 (moderate-challenging) Mass AT
TBA Lots more!

A note about the listings: Because this series is a joint effort of the Berkshire and Worcester Chapters, some of the Backpacks will be listed only on the Berkshire Activities website, and others only on the Worcester site, the links above will take you to the appropriate listing for more information. You are welcome to sign up for any of the trips. Workshop attendees will be given preference on Explore Your Inner Backpacker trips.