Creating a sustained source of funding and support for research is essential to our mission.

AMC is dedicated to the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors. Each of these interactions with nature is evolving alongside the changing climate around us—predicted and confirmed by science (big and small) within our lifetimes. The same science telling us to act now has given us solutions to environmental conservation challenges once believed too big to tackle (such as with the Clean Air Act). Recognizing that measured thinking makes the strongest foundation for quick action, we will follow the best science wherever it leads in order to preserve the outdoor experiences that have shaped AMC since 1876.


Our aim is to create a culture of active conservation to help protect these experiences and encourage participation through a multi-tiered approach that includes a vibrant membership base, a team of scientists and policy advocates, land and water initiatives, and passionate trail maintenance crews.

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Through our conservation research, advocacy for the protection of lands and waters, and building resilient trail systems, AMC is able to create opportunities for better outdoor experiences. Our work helps identify trends and create a plan to mitigate future effects of climate change, and positions us as strong leaders in the fight.

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