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When people think about conservation in New England, verdant forestland or meadows teeming with wildlife might come to mind. But for Norm Sims, of Winchester, N.H., and Julia Khorana, of Stow, Mass., conservation is a little more fluid. Sims and Khorana, along with other AMC members, are the unsung heroes of whitewater conservation in New England. They’ve…

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Working at Hermit Lake Shelters, at the base of New Hampshire’s well-known Tuckerman Ravine, can be pretty cool. The upside? Caretakers spend a lot of time outdoors, and if they’re lucky, some of that time involves making first tracks on a bluebird powder day. The downside? The ravine can be downright cold, and if a…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Already researching winter getaways? Join an AMC winter volunteer vacation to Costa Rica and you’ll not only spend your days in an exotic—not to mention warm—location, you’ll brush up on your Spanish, learn trail maintenance skills, and immerse yourself in a culture rooted in conservation. Last winter, AMC’s…

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Spend a day with the Appalachian Trail (AT) Committee of AMC’s Connecticut Chapter, and you’ll quickly realize why most volunteers who show up once end up staying for years. These diehard trail workers have maintained the AT’s entire 51 miles in Connecticut since the late 1970s. In that time, volunteers have spent countless hours building…

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Many hikers who complete the 2,000-plus-mile Appalachian Trail say they aren’t the same person as when they began. Talk to any AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures (TWA) participant after they wrap up a trip, and you’re bound to hear the same sentiment. Typically entering the program with little to no outdoor experience, group members, ages 12…

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From time to time, many of us find ourselves taking a step back and admiring the handiwork of our fellow lovers of the outdoors—those volunteers who devote time and elbow grease to trail work. We can think about it a bit differently, too, considering not just what we do for the trails, but what trail…

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In July, AMC’s Echo Lake Camp will open for its 91st year, a stone’s throw from Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Campers can expect many familiar staples, including lobster cookouts, square dances, and talent night, but there will be one big change. After 35 years, longtime managers Ned and Mary Mitchell will…

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Just as the trees begin to flood the ground each fall with brilliantly colored leaves, submissions from across the region flood AMC’s annual photo contest. (Winners of the 2015 contest, which ran from June to September, appear here.) If a photo is worth a thousand words, the 10,000-plus photos we’ve received over the past 21…

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AMC Outdoors, November/December 2015 While working in the White Mountain National Forest and assisting on search and rescue (SAR) missions, I quickly learned an invaluable lesson: Keep your cell phone on at all times. When officials from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the lead agency in charge of SAR in the state, initiate…

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