Join the President’s Society

The President’s Society is a group of philanthropic members who annually give an unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more. Members provide critical support for AMC’s conservation, environmental education, and recreation programs.

Your Gift’s Impact

Annual financial contributions from President’s Society members make AMC programs possible, in particular:

  • Managing and stewarding trails throughout the Appalachian Region.

  • Supporting scientific research; conservation advocacy; and land and river protection in the Northern Forest, including Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, and the Mid-Atlantic Highlands.

  • Getting 500,000 kids outdoors through environmental education programs and outdoor activities.

  • Leadership training and support for 25,000 volunteers who advance AMC’s mission and introduce thousands of people to the outdoors.

  • Providing hospitality to 145,000 overnight guests each year in our lodges, huts, shelters, and camps.

For more information or to establish a recurring gift, please contact Mark Cheever at mcheever@outdoors.org or 617-391-6608.

There is more than one way to join

Make a gift or a pledge today! Pledges must be fulfilled by December 31, 2019.

Monthly gifts of $85 or more qualify for membership in the President’s Society and can be charged to your credit card each month.

Many corporations will match your gift dollar for dollar. Your gift, with a corporate match totaling $1,000 or more, qualifies you for membership in the President’s Society.

If you’re interested in making a contribution of stock, please review AMC’s stock transfer instructions and contact Rachel Sensenig at rsensenig@outdoors.org or at 617-391-6627 if you have questions.

Member Levels and Benefits

President’s Society members share a passion for outdoor pursuits, environmental stewardship, and the satisfaction of knowing they play a key role in furthering AMC’s mission. In addition to the impact of their gift, President’s Society membership also comes with great benefits that do not affect the tax deductibility of that gift.

Mt. Madison $1,000 – $1,875

  •  AMC membership; subscription to Appalachia; invitations to outdoor adventures and events with AMC’s leadership; one gift membership to give to a friend; recognition in AMC’s Annual Gift Report.

1876 Founder $1,876 – $2,499

  •  All the benefits of the Mt. Madison level plus and an 1876 Founder pin.

Mt. Jefferson $2,500 – $4,999

  • All the benefits of the 1876 Founder level plus advance notice and booking for President’s Society Adventure Travel trips.

Mt. Adams $5,000 – $9,999

  • All the benefits of the Mt. Jefferson level plus a personal AMC guide for a day at the Highland Center or Joe Dodge Lodge.

Mt. Washington $10,000 – $18,759

  • All the benefits of the Mt. Adams level plus invitations to the President’s Society’s annual Alpine Supper Club event.

Mt. Katahdin $18,760 – $24,999

  • All the benefits of the Mt. Washington level plus the opportunity to hike Mt. Katahdin with AMC staff.

Challenger $25,000 and up

  • All the benefits of the Mt. Washington level plus personal updates from AMC President and CEO.

Mark Cheever, Development Officer, President’s Society

Phone: 617-391-6608

Email: mcheever@outdoors.org

AMC Development Office

Phone: 617-391-6634

Email: AMCDevelopment@outdoors.org

Foraging in Central Park with Steve Brill

Saturday, May 2, 2020 New York, NY

Please join AMC for a foraging tour in New York’s Central Park on Saturday, May 2, 2020 (9:30am-11:30am). Well-known naturalist, environmental educator, and author specializing in edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms “Wild Man” Steve Brill and his daughter Violet, foraging teacher and bird expert, will lead us in this informative and fun event.

Participants will learn how to identify common plant species, plus fungi if they’re in season. They’ll learn how to harvest these common, renewable resources ecologically, plus how to use them for food and home remedies. We’ll cover related botany, general science, conservation ecology, mycology, history, folklore, and mythology, as well as health, nutrition, and cooking, plus some art and music related to what we’re finding. The program is as entertaining as it’s informative.

Children under 18 allowed; sorry, no pets. Meeting location will be sent to all registered guests two days in advance of the event. Rain date: Saturday, May 16, 2020. Participants will be required to bring small plastic & paper bags (to hold foraged items), water, personal snacks. Must wear closed-toe shoes. Bring small digging implements if desired (optional). Absolutely no smoking or vaping allowed in Central Park.

This event will be entirely outdoors and meets the AMC activity rating of “relaxed” – it is suitable for most participants with full mobility and participants new to the activity described. Expect to be actively on the move outdoors for the entire event.

This event is limited to 60 participants, so please register here as soon as possible; there will be a wait list.

June Huts Trip: Madison to Lakes

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14, 2020 White Mountain National Forest, NH

Dust off those hiking boots and remember to pack lightly because our annual June Huts trip features lots of elevation—and incredible views!!

On the first day we’ll ascend to Madison Hut where a warm meal and festive Croo await us. The following morning we’ll depart after a hearty breakfast across the northern Presidential range (with an optional summit attempt of Mt. Washington) before descending to Lake of the Clouds Hut. After enjoying the camaraderie of a night at Lakes we’ll hike out on Sunday morning—sore but inspired after a weekend in the Whites.

Registration will be announced at a later date. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Mark Cheever at mcheever@outdoors.org or 617-391-6608.

NY Botanical Garden – Herbarium & Grounds Tour

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Bronx, NY

Please join AMC’s President’s Society and Summit Trust members for a special collections tour at the New York Botanical Garden on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (10:00am-12:00pm). In addition to touring the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium we will also receive a tour of NYBG’s important rare book collections and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library archives. Guests will learn about the many types of historic materials that support science and humanities research and conservation at NYBG, as well as learn about AMC’s partnership with the NYBG Herbarium Notes from Nature citizen-science program.

After the guided tour, participants will be welcome to visit the on-site farmer’s market and/or café for lunch and walk the grounds to see NYBG’s outdoor gardens. Guests can, at their own expense, experience all aspects of NYBG’s special summer exhibition featuring the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Please register online here. This event will be limited to 30 attendees; children under 18 welcome with an attending adult guardian. Sorry, no pets are allowed

Meeting location at NYBG will be sent to all registered guests two days in advance of the event. There is no rain date.

This event will be indoors and meets the AMC activity rating of “relaxed” – it is suitable for most participants with full mobility and participants new to the activity described. Expect to be actively on the move indoors for the entire event.

Maine Coast Paddle

Thursday, July 9, 2020 Brunswick, ME

Spend a relaxing afternoon sea kayaking on the Maine coast with fellow President’s Society members and Registered Maine Guides Elizabeth Ehrenfeld and Peter Bergh. Participants can rent kayaks or bring their own. All skill levels welcome. Interested paddlers will go out for lobster rolls and beverages after kayaking!

For more information, please contact Hilary Niles at hniles@outdoors.org or 617-391-6634.

Discover the Canadian Rockies with AMC’s President’s Society and Summit Trust

Thursday, July 9 – Saturday, July 18, 2020

Grizzlies, glaciers, turquoise lakes, mountain peaks, and more!

Join AMC leadership on a special 10-day adventure that takes you off the beaten path in Banff, Glacier, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks. Explore the Canadian Rockies like a local while enjoying hiking and paddling excursions through awe-inspiring scenery, forests, and meadows lit with glorious wildflowers, and catch a glimpse of iconic wildlife. July is the perfect time to enjoy Canada’s natural wonders.

For a full itinerary, pricing, and activity guide, click here. Please contact Stephanie Schiele at sschiele@outdoors.org or 617-391-6638 if you have questions.

STAY TUNED FOR PERU, WINTER 2021

Save the date for these summer and fall trips!

Harriman Weekend Behind the ScenesJuly 24—26Haverstraw, NY
White Mountain Adventure OvernightOctober 1Highland Center, NH

Please contact Mark Cheever at mcheever@outdoors.org or 617-391-6608 with questions about any of our upcoming President’s Society adventures.