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Earth Day 2024

[22‑Apr‑2024] AMC is widely known for hiking and other outdoor adventures, but we're also actively engaged in protection activities across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. - helping to ensure the future enjoyment of the outdoors for all.

Westfield River Waterfront Cleanup

Celebrating Earth Day 2024
[22‑Apr‑2024] The Westfield River is a high priority, biodiversity conservation area in southern New England and one of the healthiest tributaries of the Connecticut River. In recent years, the Western MA Chapter's Conservation Committee has collaborated with the Westfield River Watershed Association in their twice-yearly waterfront cleanup events. Since 2020, we have removed over two tons of material from the area of the West Springfield levee in West Springfield, MA. LEARN MORE »

Tips for Spring Hiking

AMC Weekend Feature
[21‑Apr‑2024] While there may still be some remnants of snow in the mountains, spring has gradually begun to creep up on us. Getting out on the trails for the first time is always exciting but there are some things to remember and address before your first foray back out. AMC OUTDOORS BLOG »

Thanks to the Animals

[20‑Apr‑2024] Looking for something fun to do with the kids on this beautiful weekend? Head on up to the AMC Noble View Outdoor Center for a StoryWalk® on our beautiful new accessible trail. This month's story is "Thanks to the Animals" by Allen Sockabasin, a Passamquody Native American from Maine.

NET Trail Adopters Meet

[19‑Apr‑2024] The New England Trail (NET) Committee held their annual meeting for trail adopters on Saturday April 13 at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst. Adopters had opportunities to ask questions of AMC and NPS staff, socialize with their fellow trail maintainers and enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting to kick off the 2024 trail season!

Gear Up for Road Cycling!

April 20, 2024
[17‑Apr‑2024] Kick off the cycling season with an introduction to recreational road cycling in Sunderland! This 13.5-mile, mostly flat ride is specifically intended for people who are new to outdoor recreational group road cycling. VIEW ACTIVITY »

Trail Trials

AMC Weekend Feature
[14‑Apr‑2024] AMC has a long history of building and maintaining trails in the Northeast, stretching back to the 1800s. Trails back then were built differently than they are today. AMC OUTDOORS BLOG »

A Quick History of AMC

[12‑Apr‑2024] Are you new to AMC? Learn all about us from our timeline, which takes you on a quick tour of everything AMC - from our inception in 1876 to our latest protection measures. AMC TIMELINE »

Hiking Chair Wanted!

[11‑Apr‑2024] The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. Curious? Drop us a line at info@amc-wma.org for more information and/or to share your interest. We look forward to welcoming you!

Solar Eclipse Party

[10‑Apr‑2024] About 130 people came to the AMC Noble View Outdoor Center to join our solar eclipse party on Monday! The skies were clear and the temperature was comfortable as folks hiked, played games and enjoyed the awesome spectacle of this once-in-a-generation celestial event with friends. Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us! MORE PHOTOS »

Voice Your Support for EXPLORE

[09‑Apr‑2024] Congress is taking action to make outdoor recreation inclusive for all as the House of Representatives plans an upcoming vote on the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act.

iNaturalist Bingo

Matt Morris
[07‑Apr‑2024] Each spring our team of researchers count on the contributions of community scientists like you to better understand plant flowering and fruiting times across the region. To ring in the start of iNaturalist season, we've created a bingo card with some of the most common plant species to look for on the trail. AMC OUTDOORS BLOG »

The 2024 Total Eclipse

AMC Weekend Feature
[07‑Apr‑2024] On April 8, 2024, parts of AMC's region will experience a total solar eclipse, the moment when the moon passes in front of the sun and completely blocks its light. Total solar eclipses only last for a few minutes and occur within a narrow band of space. When the opportunity arises to see one, take it. AMC OUTDOORS BLOG »

Hikes with Tykes

Next Outing: April 8, 2024
[04‑Apr‑2024] Hikes with Tykes meet the second and fourth Mondays for a hike with children from birth to two years old at a variety of locations in the Holyoke area. Contact leaders Dawne (dawne4amc@gmail.com) or Kayla (crowekayla9@gmail.com) for details and to register.

Committee Reports

March 2024
[03‑Apr‑2024] From trail work and corridor monitoring to trip leadership and training – here's what our committees were up to last month. VIEW ARTICLE »

April Volunteer Spotlight

[02‑Apr‑2024] This month's Volunteer Spotlight is Deb Weisenstein. Deb has been a volunteer with the Western MA Chapter since 2003 when she began maintaining a section of the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires.

Happy April!

[01‑Apr‑2024] Spring is here and we have a full schedule of events this month, including hiking, paddling, climbing, cycling, trail work, historical walks, toddler outings and online speakers ... something for everyone. Come join the fun! ACTIVITIES »

7 Outdoor Activities for Mud Season

AMC Weekend Feature
[30‑Mar‑2024] Ah, mud season: it must be spring on the East Coast. All the snow has melted away, the ground is wet and soggy, but the fresh plant growth has yet to emerge. It's a difficult time to be outdoors: no snow for winter sports, the temperatures still feel chilly, and there's frozen or wet mud pretty much everywhere. What's an adventurer to do? AMC OUTDOORS BLOG »

Welcome to the Massachusetts A.T!

[28‑Mar‑2024] In Massachusetts, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) winds through the Berkshires – a broad, dissected plateau punctuated by peaks and cut by river valleys – and across a patchwork of protected state and federal lands. This section provides a broad array of hiking opportunities for both the long-distance and day hiker.

NET Nature Watch

[27‑Mar‑2024] Help us monitor plants and animals along the New England National Scenic Trail corridor! All plant and animal observations are welcome, and will be available for scientific study when added to iNaturalist. Our project partners are particularly interested in flowering times of target species in the context of climate change. INATURALIST »

Bicycling Season is Here!

[26‑Mar‑2024] Whether you're new to recreational cycling or an experienced cyclist, we have plenty of opportunities for you to join us for a group ride. View our upcoming events on our committee page.

What Am I Not Seeing?

Practicing Empathy in Outdoor Leadership – and Life
[24‑Mar‑2024] Leadership "all starts, or stops, with empathy. Leaders with real empathy are able to connect with those around them ... to make whatever walls may exist between people crumble and disappear." – Herb Greenberg. AMC STAFF »

Eclipse Viewing Party and More!

Monthly Chapter Message
[22‑Mar‑2024] Anyone else seeing the new life coming up from the ground, and out from the branches? More natural delights are in store with our attention on the upcoming solar eclipse, and we hope you can join us for this rare event! VIEW ARTICLE »

Women’s Adventure Film Tour®

March 28, 2024, 7:00-9:00 PM
[21‑Mar‑2024] Join the AMC Interchapter DEI Speaker Series for a Celebration of Women's History Month. We're sponsoring a digital showing of The Women's Adventure Film Tour® which returns for its eighth year, celebrating extraordinary women and their thrilling adventures. Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled showcase of courage and triumph that will ignite your spirit. Don't miss this unforgettable adventure!

Happy First Day of Spring!

[19‑Mar‑2024] Anyone else excited to see beautiful pops of color after the greys and browns of winter? Hope you get a chance to get out to explore and search for your favorite spring flower!

Reimagining an Industrial City

[17‑Mar‑2024] Join the Holyoke Heritage State Park interpreter for some exercise along the Canal Trail and discover how a city originally designed as an industrial mill town is being reimagined.

Spring Workshop at Cardigan Lodge

May 3-5, 2024
[15‑Mar‑2024] Our renowned weekend workshops, covering nearly every aspect of safe, three-season backcountry travel, are designed for hikers of all levels. The Spring Weekend - hosted by the AMC NH Chapter - is loaded with learning, fun, and great food!

Committee Reports

February 2024
[12‑Mar‑2024] See what our committees have been up to over the last month. VIEW ARTICLE »

Thanks to the Animals

[12‑Mar‑2024] This month's StoryWalk® at Noble View is "Thanks to the Animals" by Allen Sockabasin, a Passamquody Native American from Maine who has spent his lifetime preserving the Passamaquody language.

Bike With Us!

[11‑Mar‑2024] Let's get ready to ride! Winter is almost over and the cycling season is right around the corner!

20 Years Ago in Chapter News

Berkshire Chapter History: How it Began
[09‑Mar‑2024] From the Winter 2003/04 issue of the Berkshire Exchange, we bring you an article on our chapter's origin. VIEW ARTICLE »

Ladies Who Climb

[08‑Mar‑2024] Women's History Month commemorates and encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role women have played in American history. Here we celebrate our own AMC women as they forged ahead with outdoor pursuits in the early 20th century. PATHFINDERS »

Spring Hikes

[07‑Mar‑2024] The first day of spring is just two weeks away! Begin compiling your list of 2024 hikes with help from some of our members. MEMBER FAVORITES »

Happy World Wildlife Day!

[03‑Mar‑2024] Whether you a find a juvenile black bear on your trail, capture two bald eagles surveying the lake, see a deer wander into your yard or just watch the colorful array of birds flitting about your backyard feeder, spotting wildlife always creates a sense of awe and wonder. We are truly blessed with these glimpses of our animal friends.

Who Did This?

[03‑Mar‑2024] Test your knowledge of wildlife signs with our newest interactive quiz!

Outdoor Rec 413

[02‑Mar‑2024] Check out Berkshire Magazine's 413 Outdoor Rec Guide, part of their recent issue. It's chock full of great articles on hiking and cycling in the Berkshires.

March Volunteer Spotlight

[01‑Mar‑2024] This month's Volunteer Spotlight is Kathy Martin, current Chapter Vice Chair!

Happy First Day of March!

[01‑Mar‑2024] "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." – Charles Dickens
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