Your Connection To the Outdoors

Volunteer Work

Pertaining in some way to helping out by volunteering one's skills and time.

Appie of the Year Award

The Western Massachusetts Chapter presents the "Appie of the Year" Award every November at its Annual Meeting.

The award recognizes outstanding sustained commitment in service and leadership in the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Great Barrington A.T. Community Celebration

Come celebrate Great Barrington's connection with the Appalachian Trail. A.T. Partners (ATC, AMC, MA DRC and GBLC) will be providing a full day of great events and a potluck picnic for all. Volunteer, hike, and picnic with A.T. Maintainers and Hikers.   All events are free and open to all.  Pre-register at info@gbtrails.org. See volunteer, guided hikes, and picnic info. below.

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TRAILWORK DAY ALONG THE NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, ERVING LEDGES

Join the New England Trail Committee and AMC-Berkshire Chapter Trail volunteers for an interchapter event: basic maintenance day on NET Section 16. You may know this section for the spectacular Erving Ledges and Hermit Castle. We will do a 5 mile loop hike that will include both of these spots while clearing a few blowdowns, raking out leaves and other basic maintenance as needed. It will be a great way for new people to see what we do on our trails, and ask questions about helping adopt (or co-adopting) a section of trail of your own. Holding up ledges not required.

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Getting Involved on the AT

The AT is your trail. It is primarily cared for by volunteers like yourself, not by paid professionals. Volunteers contribute over 6,000 hours of work every year in the Berkshires alone. Without this kind of support from Georgia through Massachusetts to Maine, the trail would quickly become impassable and would cease to exist.

Group photo AMC Berkshire Chapter Volunteer Appreciation Day

Appalachian Trail Volunteers Gather for 17th Annual Celebration in Great Barrington

More than 75 current, former and prospective Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Berkshire Chapter volunteers, spouses and friends, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff met recently in Great Barrington at the 17th Annual Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Volunteer Gathering to share information and find out more about volunteering. The meeting was organized by Christine Ward from the Great Barrington Trails and Greenways.