AMC Outdoors

  Seeing animals in the wild is thrilling. Whether you’ve spotted a common merganser hen swimming with her ducklings trailing behind, a five-lined skink basking on a rock, or—if you’re lucky—an ambling moose in the woods, you know that the encounter is a rarity. Experts encourage tracking for its own sake—even if the animal itself…

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Dr. Tom: How do I prevent getting caught in a lightning storm? What if a member of my party is struck by lightning?   If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning. The absence of clouds overhead or rain does not mean you are safe. The…

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Badger—based in Gilsum, N.H.—produces a range of mineral sunscreens formulated with pharmaceutical-grade zinc oxide, like the Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream ($16.99, 2.9 ounce bottle). In addition to being environmentally friendly, Badger products do not contain parabens, sulfates, or other synthetic chemicals that have been linked to potentially negative health effects…

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Protecting your skin from the sun is a no-brainer when it comes to the outdoors. The easiest method, sunscreen, is a top health tip for any activity, but new research connecting coral reef deterioration and water pollution to elevated levels of chemicals commonly found in sunscreens is presenting a challenge for consumers. But what exactly…

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When researching new trails, you often find results for hikes that, while beautiful, are sure to draw a crowd. You may find yourself sharing trails with too many hikers or fighting for parking spaces at trailheads—annoyances in the best of times, let alone an era of physical distancing. Thankfully, alternatives to these popular trails exist…

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AMC purchased its first parcel of land in Maine’s 100-mile Wilderness in 2003. Today, AMC owns nearly 75,000 acres of land in the Maine Woods, achieving landscape-scale conservation goals, creating a new outdoor recreation destination, partnering with local communities on economic development and environmental education, and inventing a new model for land ownership that is…

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The lure of the Presidential Range caused many trail builders to look for new ways to access peaks, and 2020 marks the 100th year of two of these routes. The first, Lion Head Trail, was cut following the U.S. Forest Service’s acquisition of the land in early 1920. The trail begins and ends on the…

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1. EARTH DAY ONLINE AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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  AMC’S 101 years of trail-building is a story of adaptability. Every year, our trail crews head out to blaze routes from trailhead to summit, knowing their destination, but not always what they will encounter along the way. Technology helps determine elevation in each section, but the challenges that pop up—large rocks, safe water crossings,…

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