A great day of exciting workshops has been planned. Our workshops will help you to enhance your knowledge of AMC's mission to further conservation, recreation, and education. Come for all or part of the day—there's something for everyone.
Below are our 2014 offerings.
Addressing Emerging Threats to Our Public Lands and Waters - The AMC has a long history of standing up for the integrity of our public lands, waters, and trails when threatened, applying sound science, policy expertise, and advocacy to make a meaningful difference. Join us to gain a better understanding of how we address the emerging threats to our public resources from energy projects, such as the Northern Pass transmission line, inappropriate wind power development, and natural gas drilling.
AMC Backcountry Campsite 101: It’s more than pitching a tent - Assembling log shelters with a helicopter, cutting into walls with chainsaws, repairing trail, and composting by (gloved) hand thousands and thousands of gallons of human waste… all in a days work in the Backcountry Campsite program. But why is this program important? What are the elements of a ‘good’ campsite? What is the difference between a tentsite and a campsite? How many Ethan Pond shelters have there been? In this interactive and hands-on workshop you will learn all this and more about AMC’s nationally-recognized campsite program.
AMC Event Volunteer Training - Volunteers who love to talk to people about AMC are needed to represent the club at a range of fun and interactive events throughout the region. Come learn how you can share your passion for the club with others at festivals and events focused on recreation and conservation. Attendees will learn about the most common questions and topics they will have to cover, role play answering common and tricky questions, and even practice table top activities for kid-friendly events. Supporting materials will be provided.
Historical Film Festival - Join AMC Archivist Becky Fullerton for this year’s amazing film from our Archives! Take a trip back to 1959 to experience AMC’s first feature film, Mountain Holiday. Fully restored in dazzling color with sound, the film depicts a “typical trip from Pinkham Notch Camp through Tuckerman’s Ravine to the top of Mount Washington.” Developed to help hikers “climb safely and sanely” it now serves as a window into the club’s efforts at public education at the dawn of the mid-20th century hiking boom.
Cool Waters: Fly Fishing and Brook Trout Habitat in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness - AMC and Trout Unlimited present this first-ever workshop highlighting a new partnership. Experience first-hand what fly fishing is all about, and learn what makes good brook trout habitat in the northeast, why Maine is the last stronghold of trout habitat, and what AMC is doing to restore high quality habitat on its MWI lands.
Cycle Touring Close to Home - A Bicycle Tour need not be an epic journey. Short two to four day Mini Tours can get you out of the house for a stimulating workout while riding through a pleasant countryside on (mostly) little traveled roads. Short trips, usually starting close to home, allow for planning around favorable weather with little preparation. Destinations abound with well spaced campgrounds throughout New England and beyond. This will be a introductory workshop on what you need to get started touring with a emphasis on Mini Tours.
Denali: Conquering America's Tallest Peak - Kristen Kelliher, 19, will share her extraordinary tale of how she self-funded, trained for, and completed her climb of Denali last May. After a successful summit, she became the youngest female to climb the tallest mountain in North America.
Fresh Ideas for the Experienced Leader - Do you find yourself relying on the same tried-and-true leadership skills? Does your team need an infusion of fresh ideas for leadership development? Whether you are looking for ways to expand on your capacities as a trip leader or improve outdoor leadership trainings you help deliver, we promise to get you up and moving while your mind is engaged!
Hidden AMC Gems You'll Wish You'd Found Sooner: Ten Brigadoon Destinations - Join us to learn about ten wonderful AMC destinations/facilities providing unique vacation and recreational opportunities. Each has its own AMC community, culture, history, and dedicated clientele. These multigenerational destinations attract people of all ages, families, and singles. This workshop will briefly visit nine magical facilities located across New England and New York, as well as August Camp, which stays at an exciting North American campsite each summer. Volunteer AMC committees administer each of the facilities with paid staff at full service locations.
How Green Can We Be? - Transmission lines, wind turbines, gas drilling, and tailpipes all threaten the integrity of our public lands and waters even as we are driven to reduce carbon pollution and employ cleaner energy solutions. But the cleanest energy is still the energy not used, and there are more technologies, incentives, and options for reducing energy consumption than ever before. Come learn about green techniques used “off the grid” at AMC huts as well as resources and incentives available to protect the places you love at home and on the road.
Leading Adventure Travel Trips with the AMC - Participants in AMC's Adventure Travel program enjoy hiking, trekking, biking, skiing and other outdoor activities in exciting U.S. and international destinations year-round on volunteer-led trips. The presentation will feature recent trips and describe how you can experience beautiful landscapes, physical challenges, hiking with an artist's eye, and learn about different cultures, and ecology and conservation -- world wide. Adventure Travel leaders create, plan, and lead each excursion, fostering a dynamic and active group environment. We will also discuss how you too can become an Adventure Travel Leader with the AMC.
Mom, Are We There Yet? Family Outings Activity Guide - In this interactive workshop for trip leaders, volunteers, parents, or anyone who works with children, you will learn to keep kids engaged in the outdoors. You’ll have the opportunity to practice and participate in kid-friendly games and activities that will keep your group happy and moving along the trail. We will also discuss safety and group management topics as well as new opportunities for family outings within the AMC..
Repair, Replace, Remove: The life cycle of a Backcountry Shelter - To repair, to replace, or to remove, those are the questions when looking at work at AMC’s White Mountain Shelters. Learn about the variables at play, from the tangible like structural rot or physical safety to the philosophical like Wilderness character and camping experience. Build the ’10 Essentials’ for your backcountry construction pack. We will use three examples--Garfield Ridge (replaced 2011), Gentian Pond (repaired 2011-2), and Resolution (removed 2011-2)—and through discussion and debate evaluate how to make decisions for Guyot and Ethan Pond.
Revitalizing AMC’s Brand: a New Look for Reaching New Audiences - This interactive session will give AMC volunteers and members a sneak preview of the recent work on AMC’s brand identity and upcoming brand campaign. AMC is filled with wonderful traditions, activities, and people, but to achieve its Vision 2020 goals, AMC needs to improve its ability to tell its story in a way that broadens and diversifies our community. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the upcoming campaign and offer ideas on how to engage our 16,000 volunteers and entire membership as “brand ambassadors."
Rivers Connect Us - The Connecticut, Androsoggin and Delaware are all mighty rivers flowing through the heart of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Find out what AMC is doing to increase the paddling opportunities and stewardship on these waterways and how you can get involved.
The Climbers Underhill and How They Transformed Appalachia Journal - Christine Woodside, current editor of Appalachia journal, discusses the evolution of the journal during the Great Depression. She will discuss climbers Robert and Miriam Underhill and how they were able to restructure, and ultimately save, Appalachia journal amidst financial hardship. Presentation will be supplemented with a photo slideshow from the AMC archives.