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National Public Lands Day

Treat your family and friends with a trip to your favorite National Park, Forest or Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Americans nationwide will celebrate National Public Lands Day, organized by National Environmental Education Foundation.  On this day, all federal …

Join Our Team

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and want to put your skills and experience to good use at a national nonprofit? American Hiking Society is currently hiring for a full-time Bookkeeper/Office Manager in our Silver Spring, MD …

Forest Service Report Details Costs of Fighting Fires

Aug. 25, 2014 – The US Dept. of Agriculture recently released a report that examines the impact of fighting fires on the US Forest Service over the past two decades. According to the report, the amount of money spent …

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National Park Service still wild at 98 years old

The National Park Service (NPS) invites you to celebrate her 98th birthday, and as a party favor she’s offering FREE cover charge at all national parks – TODAY ONLY.   For more information, visit

NPS may be 98, but she is still full of vitality.  Every year, she entertains nearly 300 million guests who visit …

Fall Internship Opportunities

Are you a college student or recent grad who is passionate about the outdoors?  Consider joining our intern team!  American Hiking Society is seeking an organized, self-starter to assist with their volunteer programs and outreach efforts this fall/winter. The ideal candidate will be a college student or recent graduate …

Do This. Always Do This.

Have you read the incredible story of Aron Ralston – the man who was trapped in a slot canyon in Utah and only escaped after cutting off his own hand? Though a hero for his bravery, Ralston is a lesson of what NOT to do on a hike. He …

Now Available: 2013 Annual Report and 2014 National Trails Day Report

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we are proud to report on American Hiking Society’s many successes and program outcomes…  By focusing on three critical measurements—relevance, reach and impact—we enhanced our capacity as the national voice for hikers, increased our support of hiking trail protection, and …

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Enhance Hiking With Outdoor Photography Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t tried outdoor photography before, then you must understand that it can be quite tricky, especially when you are trying hard to capture a perfect shot of someone and the environment around him. It often seems like hiking and photography go hand-in-hand, it’s probably because when we’re …

Simple Water Purification Techniques

When you go on an outdoor adventure, it is possible to experience a depletion of your water supply. Or sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances you were forced to stay outdoors longer than what you intended. Water in many places are not very safe to drink, so there is a …

American Hiking Society Leads “Hike Through History”

In June 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early was dispatched by Robert E. Lee with orders to clear the Shenandoah Valley of Federals and then invade Maryland and, if practical, threaten Washington, D.C.  Upon entering the nation’s capital, General Early was met by Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright and the strong defenses of Fort Stevens in Northwest Washington. With …

Fear of Nature Has Lots of Company

“Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife.”

It’s not just snakes. Other wild creatures inspire exaggerated fears, too: bats; spiders; birds; fish – yes, fish.

In the course of greeting tens of thousands of visitors a year, rangers on national wildlife refuges bump up against many such bugbears. …

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Our trails need YOU! This summer, volunteer your time working and having fun on an American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation. Savor summer in some of America’s most awesome outdoor spots!
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 Received my #NationalTrailsDay 2014 Runner Up Prize in the mail. :-) Thank you!