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AMC Amherst Office Open House, Mar 11

Did you know that the AMC has an office in Amherst? Did you also know that the AMC, and the Berkshire Chapter, are principal stewards of the New England National Scenic Trail? In fact, we were key actors in getting the trail designated as a National Scenic Trail. Come along to the Amherst Office open house to learn more about this and other conservation projects in our own back yard, including the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail, and research on high alpine plants in the White Mountains.

Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Family Programs Meeting in Westfield, Feb 24

If you're interested in family activities, you're invited to our next Family Programs meeting. We will be discussing possibilities and asking for input on future family programming, from short weekend hikes to camping trips and everything in-between. The Family Programs committee exists to meet the needs of our family members, and it is your input that will determine the types of exciting kid-friendly adventures we arrange.

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Family Program Central Rock Gym Jan 2016

Berkshire/Worcester Chapter Leader Training

Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader, or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, leader awareness, and decision-making.

Registration is required. For more information see the listing in Activities.

Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 6:00pm

Berkshire Bash News

Jon Hanauer, Appie of the Year
Presentation by Sabine Prather and Jan Alicia Nettler

Appie of the Year Award, New Chairperson, Great Speaker

At this year’s Bash, our Annual Meeting, we elected new officers, gave out the Appie of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement from a Volunteer, and heard Tom Wessels give a captivating talk.

Family Winter Weekend at Noble View Feb 5-7

Join AMC Family Outings for a fun relaxed Winter Weekend roughly 1 ½ hours west of Boston at Noble View Outdoor Center. Enjoy a weekend of hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmen and snow angels, good food and good fun! Accommodations are comfortable/cozy and well heated with wood stoves, but rustic. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor.

Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 1:00pm

Family Winter Weekend at Noble View Feb 12-14

Family President's Day Weekend at AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the Pioneer Valley, about 1-1/2 hours west of Boston. Activities include hiking, snow shoeing, x-c skiing, and family 'snow fun' like sledding or making snow people! The accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and cozy, heated by wood stoves. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor.

Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

WINTER HIKING WORKSHOP

Expand your hiking skills and learn to love winter. Workshop will provide information on hike preparation, proper gear, hydration, nutrition, and how to stay warm for winter hiking in Western Mass. Workshop will be followed by a series of progressive winter hikes.

November 02, 2015 6:30PM - 9:00PM (Mon)
November 2, 2015 6:30-9:00 PM
Northampton Unitarian Society, Social Room
220 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Berkshire Bash—Our Annual Meeting

Berkshire Bash—Our Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2015; 5:30-9:00pm

Please join all Berkshire Chapter members and friends at our annual dinner meeting! The evening includes a social time, short business meeting with election of officers, buffet dinner, and a presentation by Tom Wessels. The full buffet dinner includes chicken and vegetarian options and there is a cash bar.

Tom Wessels to Speak at Annual Meeting

Photo of Tom Wessels

On Saturday, November 7, at 5:30pm, the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will hold it’s annual dinner meeting at the Summit View House in Holyoke.

We are excited to announce that the speaker will be Tom Wessels, ecologist, educator and author. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to reading the Forested Landscape. His focus will be on Reading the Forested Landscape. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

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