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LWCF 50th Anniversary, Challenges Ahead

July 23, 2014 – It was fifty years ago today that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) passed in the House of Representatives in a bipartisan manner on a voice vote.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical program for conserving public landscapes: sometimes through enabling the …

American Hiking Society Hikes Through History

On Saturday July 12th, come join American Hiking (AHS) and the National Park Service (NPS) on a Hike through History to celebrate the great outdoors as well as the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, D.C. The hike will travel from Battery Kemble to Fort Stevens and will showcase …

Trails Day Champions 2014

American Hiking Society recognizes the commitment and success of all the organizations involved in building National Trails Day into the outstanding day of fun and service it is today.  From its humble beginnings and lofty vision of bringing together trail organizations from around the country, National Trails Day has …

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Families on Foot Photo Challenge

American Hiking Society is partnering with Moosejaw Mountaineering to offer a series of hiking related photo challenges through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Hiking with your family is a fun, low-cost way to live an active, healthy lifestyle, build memories, and connect with nature.  According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, kids watch …

Calling all Buckeyes!

June, 2014 – Do you live in Ohio? Want to take 5 minutes and do something HUGE to help the North Country Trail? (You know – the one that co-aligns with the Buckeye Trail!) Please ask Sen. Rob Portman to co-sponsor the North Country Trail Route Adjustment Act today!

The …

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!

Earlier this month, thousands of Americans hit the trail to celebrate American Hiking Society’s 22nd Annual National Trails Day. Participants hiked, biked, pedaled, and paddled at over 2,000 independently-organized activities across the country.  Thanks to everyone who submitted great photos to our Photo Contest and congratulations to the following …

American Hiking Society Seeks Finance and Office Manager

American Hiking Society seeks to hire a Finance and Office Manager, effective immediately. The ideal candidate is a recent finance/accounting graduate or working professional with 1-3 years of office management experience seeking a friendly and dynamic work environment at a national non-profit.

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The Finance and Office Manager at American Hiking …

2014 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Trail Legends

GARDNERS, PA. – The fourth annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet was held Friday evening, June 6 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Approximately 90 friends of the Museum attended the event.

The highlight of the gala was the induction of the 2014 class of the Appalachian …

Thank you for supporting National Trails Day 2014

On behalf of American Hiking Society and our sponsors, I would like to thank you for highlighting the importance of America’s trails through your support of National Trails Day® 2014.  I hope you had the chance to get outside this past weekend to participate in one of the thousands …

Morven Park Opens Wood Thrush and Ridge Top Trails

On June 7, 2014, American Hiking Society presented a National Trails Fund grant check to the the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation for their work in opening 2 new miles of public trail in Morven Park, Leesburg, Virginia.  The family-friendly Wood Thrush Trail (0.81 miles) and the more rigorous Ridge Top …

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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 …

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. …

American Hiking Society Hikes Through History

On Saturday July 12th, come join American Hiking (AHS) and the National Park Service (NPS) on a Hike through History to celebrate the great outdoors as well as the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, D.C. The hike will travel from Battery Kemble to Fort Stevens and will showcase …

12 Tips For Raising Outdoor Loving Kids

Trying to encourage your children to go backpacking may not be fruitful if they aren’t excited about it. We’ve seen it time and time again at Bryce Canyon. People will travel miles to see the massive amphitheater of red hoodoos that is Bryce Canyon and the only thing they’ll …

Volunteer Spotlight – Chuck Morlock

Writer, Mark Ray, interviews long-time Volunteer Vacation Crew Member, Chuck Morlock, about the importance of giving back to our public lands and Chuck’s connection to Boy Scouts of America.

American Hiking Society is offering two Volunteer Vacations to Boy Scout high-adventure base camps this fall.  Get Out and Give Back at Philmont …

Celebrating National Trails Day

I talk a lot about the importance of parks and wild places, the beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife they contain, but this week I’m putting the spotlight on one of my favorite features of our open spaces: trails.

My appreciation for the outdoors has always been grounded in the trails …

Trails Connect! Interagency Dialogue with U.S. Forest Service

June, 2014 – Our national system of trails helps connect people with their natural and culture heritage and contributes to the American identity. Trails provide a natural portal for Americans of all walks of life which help us rebuild the all-important “nature-human connection” and promote healthy lifestyles.
In honor of …

Student Conservation Association celebrates many years of Volunteer Service

After completing an array of successful stewardship projects for Earth Day, Student Conservation Association (SCA) is upping the ante with an even busier “Great Outdoors Month”.  Kicking off June with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 7th, SCA has organized a variety of activities for its members, including two large events in Seattle …

National Trails Day® at Eno River State Park!

ParksByNature® here, reminding you to mark your calendars and get your hiking gear ready, because June 7th is National Trails Day®!

We love getting outside and letting nature energize our minds and bodies. What really gets us excited are the 200,000 miles of trails all over America! Celebrating our country’s …

AHS Staff Celebrate National Trails Day® 2014

On June 7, American Hiking Society staff will celebrate National Trails Day® by attending and supporting the Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival (HFOF) at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Purcellville, VA.  HFOF is a yearly event held to raise money for river and environmental conservation and to …

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