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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW In honor of the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial, we look back at its long and fruitful alliance with AMC Although the National Park Service officially came into being in 1916, AMC’s involvement in laying the federal bureau’s groundwork stretches back decades, to the twilight of the 19th…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson dedicated 5,000 acres on Maine’s Mount Desert Island as Sieur de Monts National Monument. The National Park Service (NPS) was founded later that summer and, in 1919, Sieur de Monts was redesignated and renamed Lafayette National Park. Doesn’t sound familiar? A…

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The filmmaker Ken Burns subtitled his documentary on the national parks “America’s Best Idea,” after a quote by the writer Wallace Stegner, and it’s hard to argue the point. It is through the national parks that we come to discover the jaw-dropping beauty of some of America’s best-loved places, and where we find the irresistible…

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With the December 2015 installation of a 240-panel solar array, AMC’s Cardigan Lodge and Three Mile Island Camp have gone solar, capturing power to serve electrical needs at both New Hampshire locations. In this way, Cardigan, in Alexandria, and Three Mile, in Meredith, are doing their part to help AMC achieve its goal of cutting…

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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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When infantryman Nate Buchholz told his Army buddies he was embarking on a 60-mile backpacking trip in his native Minnesota, they couldn’t believe it. “Everyone thought I was crazy,” he recalls. “We just got back from doing that,” they’d say to him. Buchholz, now 25, had just returned from his first tour of Afghanistan in…

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Tucked away in a little-visited high mountain valley on the Maine-New Hampshire border, Evans Notch is an outdoor paradise, with many great options for families with kids. From high peaks above treeline, to backcountry swimming holes, to multiple secluded campgrounds and even an AMC family camp, this area is ripe for exploration and adventure. The…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW We’ve got a winner, winner: Turkey dinner is officially the favorite meal of AMC’s 2015 hut croo to cook—and to eat. What other secrets lurk behind the scenes? Who can go the longest between loads of laundry? And what’s the deal with cumin oatmeal? Get the answers to…

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Although winter is just approaching, I’m thinking ahead to next summer—and you may want to soon. Most of AMC’s camps start registration in January. Our daughter, who recently turned 5, is already clamoring for us to return to Echo Lake Camp. With its waterfront location, volunteer-led hikes throughout Acadia National Park, and comfortable camp living,…

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  Join AMC staff ecologist Doug Weihrauch on a tour of the flowers, fungi, and trees on Three Mile Island, site of AMC’s volunteer-managed camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Learn more about Three Mile Island Camp View other videos in this series: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

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