Teen Wilderness Adventures

Evelyn Hatem is a past participant of AMC’s Outdoor Citizen Skills Expedition. I was in fifth grade when I first learned about climate change: typical pictures of polar bears huddling, icebergs melting, habitats deteriorating. I was pretty upset by the whole thing, and I didn’t understand why no one else in my class was fazed….

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When Rachel Freierman was 15 years old, she went on a 10-day backpacking trip with AMC’s Teen Wilderness Adventures (TWA) program. She already felt fairly comfortable in the outdoors. Her family went car camping. They backcountry skied. Still, Freierman had never backpacked before. “I was excited to push myself,” she recalls. Every outdoor adventure has challenges, and every kid arrives at those challenges with different levels of experience. Mix in unpredictable…

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The conservation community, in general, is challenged by a lack of diversity. While AMC is no exception, having leaders from different backgrounds provides quiet testimony to our belief that the outdoors is for everyone. Not only can our experiences help us learn about nature, they can teach us about ourselves—and one another. We talked to…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Pick a cabin, a bunkhouse, or a campsite: Whichever you prefer, you now can bed down in some of New York’s wildest woods, just a smidge over 40 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Your destination is AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC), open July 1 in New York’s Harriman State…

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Many hikers who complete the 2,000-plus-mile Appalachian Trail say they aren’t the same person as when they began. Talk to any AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures (TWA) participant after they wrap up a trip, and you’re bound to hear the same sentiment. Typically entering the program with little to no outdoor experience, group members, ages 12…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2016 To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of its Teen Wilderness Adventures (TWA) program, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is flipping the calendar to 1991 for a chance to win throw-back rates on one of this summer’s mountain and water adventures in New England and New York. Check out the full…

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In the past, getting city school kids outdoors meant playing handball in a brick courtyard. These days, more and more educators are finding creative ways to integrate outdoor learning into their curricula, with efforts ranging from planting rooftop gardens to transforming parking lots into outdoor labs. One such initiative is New York City’s The Natural…

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AMC has seen many changes over the years, but one thing has remained constant: a commitment to connecting people to the outdoors. We believe the outdoors belongs to everyone, no matter who they are, where they live, or how they choose to enjoy it. We want to help everyone spend more time outdoors, to fall…

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Talk with Alex DeLucia, AMC’s Trails Volunteer Program manager, and you’ll quickly discover how helping young people learn the techniques of trail work can not only benefit them, but their communities too. And development of those stewardship skills can change lives. DeLucia has worked with local youth through the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program…

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I took my daughter on her first hike before she was 6 weeks old. My husband, Jim, and I picked the shortest route to the summit of Mount Cardigan, the West Ridge Trail, which winds a mile and a half up through forest to sloping granite ledges and a view that sweeps across New Hampshire’s…

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