The mission of the Appalachian Mountain Club is to foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors.

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Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia


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The Past, Present, and Future of AMC’s Land Conservation Work in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

CAIT BOURGAULTMuch more than a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts, Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness—where AMC has protected more than 75,000 acres of forest—is a model for land conservation and carbon storage. Each year, Acadia National Park welcomes more than 2 million visitors to the scenic coast of Maine. At the same time, local parks in cities […]


Inclusive Outdoors Project: Improving Access to the Outdoors

Representation is a key piece to making the outdoors a more inclusive and welcoming place. While seeing more diversity in the world of professional athletes helps, it’s equally important to have this diversity in the groups we join in the outdoors. That’s where the mission of Inclusive Outdoors Project starts, as they strive to bridge […]


Indigenous History in the White Mountains: An Interview with Abenaki Chief and Elder Paul Bunnell

Long before the Crawfords cut their namesake path to Mount Washington’s summit and brought the first tourists to New Hampshire’s White Mountains in the 19th century, the Indigenous Abenaki Tribe called these mountains home. The Abenaki considered Agiocochook—now widely known as Mount Washington—so sacred that climbing it was forbidden. The natural world provided the Abenaki […]


The Climate is Changing. So are We.

5 minute read The climate is changing. The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2)—one of the atmosphere’s leading heat-trapping gases—is at its highest level in human history. Climate scientists warn that significant actions are necessary to slow climate change and its impacts. Every region is experiencing its own impacts of climate change. In recent decades in […]


AMC Climate Change Research, Past and Present

4 minute read AMC scientists have studied the patterns and effects of climate change and air quality in the Northeast for decades. Here’s a sampling of some of that research. Air Quality  Both climate change and air quality issues are caused by emissions of certain pollutants to the atmosphere. Since the 1980s, AMC has been […]


The Basics of Climate Change: Science, Consequences, and Solutions

3 minute read What is a greenhouse gas? It’s freezing outside—how is the climate getting warmer? I’m only one person. What can I possibly do to slow the effects of climate change? Many of us have basic questions when it comes to understanding climate change. The science can be tricky, and misinformation—much of it deliberately […]


A History of Juneteenth

3 minute read On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” in Confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” However, more than two and half years would pass before this news reached African Americans in Texas, on a day that we now know […]


Racism and the Land: A Timeline

4 minute read Ahwahneechee People living in the Yosemite Valley were forcefully removed from their land to pave the way for the creation of what would become Yosemite National Park. The 1851 atrocity is part of a long history of racism in the outdoors against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The Wilderness Society and […]


The Troubled History of Inclusion in American Outdoor Spaces

5 minute read PAULA CHAMPAGNEBlack, Indigenous, and People of Color have frequently been excluded from American outdoor spaces. We’ve been getting lots of questions about why AMC is so committed to increasing access to and engagement with the outdoors for all people. The simple answer is that everyone—regardless of sex, race, class, or orientation—should be […]


Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Climate Change Solutions That Actually Work 

American Public Power Association / UnsplashAmong the climate change solutions AMC supports are energy diversity and clean energy standards that prioritize wind energy over fossil fuels. The threats posed by climate change—including stronger and more frequent storms, habitat loss, sea level rise, and an uptick in climate refugees—will permanently alter the future of our planet. […]