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Protect the places you love to hike…at work

The quickest, easiest, most no-hassle way to support American Hiking Society financially is to make a contribution where you work.

Simply pick up a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) contribution form from your personnel office, fill it out, and return it to your employer. Once your …

2015 Volunteer Vacations

As you enjoy the last few months of 2014, remember it’s never too early to start thinking of your vacation for next year!  Make sure to schedule a week of trail stewardship (and fun and relaxation!) into your 2015 …

Trail Magic: Become a Trail Ambassador

Become a Trail Ambassador and get trail magic today. Get a t-shirt, go for a hike, send us your photos and tips from the trail, and get trail magic. It’s that simple! Fill out the online form to get started.

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Hike Safely During Hunting Season

Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy a nice hike on the trails. Cooler, drier weather, changing leaves, and fewer insects make it one of many people’s favorite hiking seasons. Autumn is a favorite season for other forms of outdoor recreation too, especially hunting. Here are a few simple …

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 land management agencies waive entrance fees, meaning you, your family and …

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 …

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 fighting fires has increased substantially; so much so that in …

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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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Get Out. Give Back.

Our trails need YOU! This fall, volunteer your time working and having fun on an American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation. Give back in some of America’s most awesome outdoor spots!
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