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FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Many weeks now into the COVID-19 pandemic, our situation in the Northeast remains fluid, with states still sorting out their individual plans for easing restrictions on travel and gatherings post-Memorial Day. AMC currently intends to open most properties and programs on July 1, with exceptions noted on this page.

PHOTO CONTEST - #BeOutdoorsOnline Heart Challenge

Send in your photos to connect and share with other families who could use a little love in these crazy times.

Winners will be selected from most original and best Earth Day-themed hearts.

WHAT TO DO: Take photos of hearts you see in your backyard, or on your local neighborhood walks.

Date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (All day) to Friday, May 15, 2020 (All day)

FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, the Appalachian Mountain Club announced facility and program closures.

Please visit this page for details.

Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email chair@amcberkshire.org.

CANCELED: WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING

Effective 3/12/2020 the WFA training course is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please stay safe and follow all guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

CANCELED: BERKSHIRE/WORCESTER CHAPTER LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Effective 3/12/2020 the Berkshire Chapter Leadership training course is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please stay safe and follow all guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

AMC’S 144TH ANNUAL SUMMIT

AMC’s Annual Summit celebrates the people who make AMC’s mission real everyday–our dedicated volunteers! Whether you’re a lifelong member or a newcomer interested in discovering all AMC has to offer, Annual Summit is for you!

Location: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Cost:  Early Bird Special - By 12/31 $40, $50 after 

Date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 8:30am

Lessons Learned from a Hiking Incident

We recently received a hiking incident report from a leader in the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the AMC. The report describes an injury that occurred on a recent hike, what happened after that injury, and the essential equipment that the hike leaders and hikers did and did not have to help them through the subsequent hours spent on the trail awaiting a rescue. Below we include the original report (names have been elided). Following the report, we offer comments including a list of 10 essentials that each hiker should carry on every hike.

Berkshire Chapter Mourns Karen Daniels

Karen L. (Blackburn) Daniels

The AMC Berkshire Chapter mourns the passing of Karen L. (Blackburn) Daniels. Karen was one of our finest hike leaders and a much loved member of our Tuesday hiking group, Karen passed away on Friday, August 23. We will miss Karen's kindness, her quiet leadership, her generous sharing of knowledge of the natural world and especially her friendship.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on September 4 at the Colonel Forestiere Funeral home in Agawam.

Follow this link for further details.

Appie of the Year Award

The Berkshire Chapter presents the "Appie of the Year" Award every November at its Annual Meeting.

The award recognizes outstanding sustained commitment in service and leadership in the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Leave No Trace Workshop at Stanley Park, Westfield MA

Do you enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about how to protect the outdoor places you love? Join us for a Leave No Trace Workshop, led by the Appalachian Mountain Club, focusing on fostering stewardship through our own practices in the outdoors. We will spend an hour hiking on the beautiful trails in Stanley Park, periodically stopping along the way to discuss the 7 principals of Leave No Trace. This is an interactive course, with users encouraged to bring fresh perspectives and questions for conversation surrounding sustainable habits in the outdoors.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

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