Citizen Science

I’ve always understood AMC first as a pragmatic place—built for fun and adventure, but also deeply invested in plans, safety protocols, good maps, and the right gear. Look around you during one of our outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid, or avalanche safety training courses, and you’ll see very plainly the kinds of situations in which…

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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors? If the forests, trails, and waters could talk I’m sure they would be thanking you for your continued engagement and activism. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local…

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What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors? The outdoors needs you as much as ever right now. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local outings in support of the effort to stem the COVID-19 pandemic….

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AMC is piloting a new badging series for outdoor leadership, outdoor skills, and conservation actions. Entirely, self-led, and self-paced, participants complete conservation online learning and a variety of conservation actions to receive badges. Each badge takes about 2 hours to work through and will introduce you to Earth Day (Everyday Conservation, Make it a Habit)…

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Are you looking for ways to honor the environment this Earth Day? As we celebrate the 50th anniversary, let’s start thinking about what you can do today and every day to help protect our planet. Even in the midst of a pandemic, you can still contribute from home while adhering to physical distancing and stay-at-home…

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What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors? The outdoors needs you as much as ever right now. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local outings in support of the effort to stem the COVID-19 pandemic….

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  To slow the spread of COVID-19, countries around the world now require citizens to practice “social distancing.” Many are confined to their homes for most of the day, with offices, schools, gyms, bars, restaurants, and public spaces closing for weeks. Daily lives and routines have been upended, and we seek creative ways to stay…

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Visitors leaving the eastern Pennsylvania wilderness could find they’ve picked up a hitchhiker—or 20. A large swath of the state, from the Poconos to Philadelphia, has since 2017 been under quarantine for the spotted Pennsylvania lanternfly—an invasive, plant-hopping bug that threatens $14 billion worth of crops and hardwoods in the Keystone State. As researchers work…

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When staff scientist Georgia Murray launched AMC’s first initiative on iNaturalist in 2018, she had a hunch she was on to something. As far as theses go, this one seemed like a safe bet: Murray—who tracks plant phenology, or how plant species respond to weather patterns and, over time, to climate change—anticipated that using the…

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