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Members and Non-members of the Appalachian Mountain Club, "AMC" are welcomed to join the AMC Worcester Chapter in your next outdoor pursuit.

The AMC is the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization. The Worcester Chapter invites members and non-members from Worcester County and beyond to join us for outdoor fun, opportunities for learning, and protecting our trails and other wild spaces.

We offer outdoor activities for every ability level and outdoor interest – from hiking and climbing to paddling to snowshoeing and skiing. We teach people the skills to be safe outdoors and care for the natural world around us, through programs for children, teens and adults, as well as outdoor leadership training.

We maintain trails throughout the Northeast. We advocate for land and riverway conservation, monitor air quality, and work to protect alpine and forest ecosystems through the Northern Forest and Highlands regions.

Upcoming events (5)

WHITE MOUNTAINS SEARCH & RESCUE, 3rd Wed Speaker Series

A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp―and suddenly a leisurely hike turns into a treacherous endeavor. Sandy Stott's book "Critical Hours - Search and Rescue in the White Mountains" delivers both a history and a celebration of the search and rescue workers who save countless lives in the White Mountains―along with a plea for us not to take their steadfastness and bravery for granted. His presentation draws on incidents and stories from "Critical Hours" and the “Accidents” column he's edited for "Appalachia" the last 10 years. It explores how command of self and others get challenged, lost, rediscovered and transmitted, and how each us can become her/his own first-rescuer. Mr Stott says of himself, "Much of my mountain life has been spent in New Hampshire's White Mountains, where Cardigan is my home mountain and all the other uplands its cousins. These mountains are an inheritance from my father," who began mountain life under the wing of legend Joe Dodge before fashioning his own. Meanwhile writing "has sent me along word-trails that invoke the foot-trails I know so well." https://www.amazon.com/Critical-Hours-Search-Rescue-Mountains/dp/1512600407 Join Zoom Meeting https://outdoors.zoom.us/j/92199838009 Meeting ID:[masked]

Secret Life of Beavers & Why They Matter, 3rd Wed Speaker

Wildlife Biologist & environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb presents on nature's engineers, their history(!) and the ecological benefits they provide. He recounts how as North America was colonized and beavers trapped out it's landscape degraded as streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to water birds lost habitat. But restoring beavers can help reverse this "modern idea of a healthy landscape" and in the process help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction and climate change. As told in his award winning book "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter" (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018 https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/eager-paperback/ ), a growing coalition of scientists, ranchers, and citizens recognizes ecosystems with beavers are healthier. From Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, these "Believers" are hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. More Ben Goldfarb related links: www.BenGoldfarb.com https://www.humanities.org/blog/the-wild-writing-of-ben-goldfarb/

3rd Wednesday Social with Speaker & Pot Luck

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3rd Wednesday Speaker Series, Social, Potluck & New Member Orientation Bring main or side dish to share. New Members/Visitors especially welcome. Registration required for new members interested in an AMC Orientation (6:30). Contact our Membership Chair: Jean Langley; [masked] Trip at a Glance Activity: Social Events Offered By: AMC Worcester Chapter (Mass.) Status: Open Location: Massachusetts, Central, MA Leader: Fred Mezynski [masked] [masked] Great for first timers in activity area New members especially welcome For more information on the monthly speakers check the AMC Outdoors website: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/ (http://activities.outdoors.org/search/) search for Worcester Chapter Activities or Using Key Words like: Potluck; Third Wednesday or Fred Mezynski

3rd Wednesday Social with Speaker & Pot Luck

Northborough Historical Soc

3rd Wednesday Speaker Series, Social, Potluck & New Member Orientation Bring main or side dish to share. New Members/Visitors especially welcome. Registration required for new members interested in an AMC Orientation (6:30). Contact our Membership Chair: Jean Langley; [masked] Trip at a Glance Activity: Social Events Offered By: AMC Worcester Chapter (Mass.) Status: Open Location: Massachusetts, Central, MA Leader: Fred Mezynski [masked] [masked] Great for first timers in activity area New members especially welcome For more information on the monthly speakers check the AMC Outdoors website: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/ (http://activities.outdoors.org/search/) search for Worcester Chapter Activities or Using Key Words like: Potluck; Third Wednesday or Fred Mezynski

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Main Island Water Trail, 3rd Wed Speaker

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