The mission of the Appalachian Mountain Club is to foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors.
Since 1876 we’ve made it our mission to protect the mountains, forests, waters, and trails you love in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. 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. We encourage you to experience, learn more, and appreciate the outdoors knowing that your participation supports the conservation and stewardship of the natural world around you.
AMC members are people like you. We explore everywhere from our local parks to remote spots across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. We are friends, parents, kids, gear heads, minimalists, thrill-seekers, volunteers, and nature lovers. The outdoors is for everyone to enjoy—and your contribution will help build and maintain trails, protect public lands, and support outdoor conservation.Learn More
Inseparable from the success of the AMC mission is a set of core values forged in the exhilaration of our club’s earliest pursuits and nurtured carefully ever since. At AMC, we respect nature and people as parts of one whole and appreciate the intrinsic worth of the outdoors in all its forms. Leading by the example of rigorous preparedness we embrace lifelong engagement with the world around us.
We live these values, pursue this vision, and work tirelessly at this mission not out of faith or hope in some day’s change but out of pride in achievement that only the country’s longest-serving conservation and recreation organization can muster.
The aim of the AMC 150 plan is to further these goals by focusing on three strategic themes:
Through conservation research, science-based advocacy, trail stewardship, citizen engagement, and strong coalitions, AMC stands as a leader in combating climate change and protecting our region’s ecosystems and the recreational experiences they provide.
A world-class learning and leadership curriculum in concert with outdoor programs, experiences, and purposeful volunteerism, engages our community for lifelong fun and preparedness in the outdoors, with pathways to leadership opportunities. Inherent in the outdoor journey are the tools to help make AMC more accessible, inclusive, and welcoming.
With support from AMC’s trusted community of members, supporters, and volunteers we provide a world class recreational network of professionally maintained trails and best in class outdoor program centers, lodges, cabins, camps, and campsites. From backcountry campsites to front country lodges, to high mountain huts, AMC will work to embrace sustainability and become a net zero organization by 2050. A backbone in our efforts to scale and make the outdoors more accessible and inclusive will be the engagement of AMC’s 16,000 dedicated volunteers.
Our leadership team is comprised of a passionate group of people who share the vision and values of the outdoor community.Learn More
We are a community built on mutual trust, integrity, and dignity for all. Together we can make a difference.Learn More
AMC is inspired by the untold diversity of our members and friends.
We aim to be an inclusive, equitable, and kind community. At AMC we are united in our adventures by mutual trust, collective safety, respect for the natural world, and appreciation for our time together outdoors. We pledge that AMC will always provide a welcoming and respectful environment.
Join our community of corporations who help make a meaningful impact by supporting the conservation and stewardship of the natural world around you.Learn More
Whether you choose to make a one-time gift, become a monthly sustainer, or pick an initiative that resonates with you, your tax-deductible gift will further the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors.Learn More