What we're about

The New York-North Jersey Chapter of AMC was the first chapter formed by the club back in 1912. For over 100 years the NYNJ chapter has been protecting the precious natural resources of our region, providing skills and leadership training, and hosting 100's of outdoor activities every year for the public through our professional and dedicated volunteer trip leaders.

Beginner or expert the AMC NYNJ chapter has something for everyone. With activities that include hiking, biking, paddling, backpacking, skiing, climbing, and more we're sure you will find something you love. And since we know living in and around the NYC area can be difficult without a car, many of our activities are accessible through public transportation.

Beyond just the trips, training, and conservation advocacy we are a group that encourages community and camaraderie among it's members. Open and welcoming to anyone with an interest in the outdoors we hope that the shared knowledge and experiences between all of us will help you to grow within the outdoor community and create connections and friendships for a lifetime.

What sets us apart the other Meetup groups?

• Professionally trained volunteer leaders (https://www.outdoors.org/skills-leadership/leadership-skills/) means our trips are well organized, safe AND fun!

• Easy access on public transportation to many of our activities (https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=9&mode=list).

• Activities are open to anyone, no membership dues are required, but your support helps (https://www.outdoors.org/get-involved).

• Your support helps us continue to protect more than 100,000 acres of land and 2,000 miles of trails (https://www.outdoors.org/conservation) under the care of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

• Beyond our volunteer led activities AMC provides opportunities for tens of thousands of youth to experience the outdoors each year through our Youth Opportunities Program (https://www.outdoors.org/youth-programs/youth-opportunities-program).

While this Meetup Group showcases some of our best activities they don't all make it to this page and often you will only see a small fraction of what is available! If you would like to see the full assortment of upcoming activities offered by the NYNJ chapter please click here (https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=9&mode=list).

Also, if you would like to be part of the community and join in the conversation please consider following us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amcnynj/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYNJAMC/):

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There's MUCH more to AMC than just this meetup!

Needs a location

AMC's NYNJ Chapter has so much more to offer than just what you see on this Meetup! We offer hundreds of great activities all year long that never make it on to Meetup.

If you would like to see the entire list of everything that the NYNJ Chapter has scheduled (new activities are added every day) follow the link below to our official website:

https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=9&mode=list

And if you are interested in being part of the conversation please join our Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYNJAMC/

AMC - NY/NoJ Virtual Tuesday Lunch, Learns & Get-Together

Online event

We hold a Virtual Tuesday Lunch, Learns & Get-together irrespective of whether we have a speaker booked or not in the colder months for our members who would like to remain connected, have questions or fancy a chat. The priority for the Chapter in 2021/22 remains engagement and connection.

This is in service to the chapter members who look like to connect with others as much as possible due to current circumstances.

Each week we will either have a topic or a discussion in relation to areas such as experiences, plans, sharing of information, and outdoor life which will take the form of a "round the fire chit chat".

We will also continue to have educational talks too.

Joining CRESLI's Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach Co. Park

Cupsogue Beach County Park

AMC Listing: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/137020

Official Registration:
https://www.cresli.org/common/news/articles/article_detail.cfm?QID=11251&clientID=12000&topicID=0&subsection=sidebar

Did you know that you can observe the seals haul out during the low tide chilling and sunbathing on some of the teeniest Long Island bay islands, which come to life above the sea level only during the peak hours of low tide?

Do you also know the difference between the seals and sea lions?

We will join the CRESLI's (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island) infamous seal walk, which has been the winter tradition for them for over 10 years, if not longer, led by Dr. Artie Kopelman, who has done so much research and conservation work on local marine mammals like the seals, dolphins and migratory whales who visit the NY water and often sadly and tragically encounter and hit by busy boat traffic, if not, trapped by fishing nets along and off of Long Island bay and oceanside.

I have the priviledge of participating in his seal walk many years ago and most recently whale watching expedition out of Montauk in summer of 2020 and always enjoy learning more about the local wildlife and their habitats that claim residency right here in NY water less than 100 miles from Manhattan, well within a day trip distance, and share the fragile ecosystems together with us. Better yet, for a lack of a better word, what is more intriguing and deeply touching to witness such precious marine creatures through your own eyes so that you develop mindfulness towards 'Leave No Trace' principles to such pressing issues that threaten the bodies of water (both fresh and salt) as microplastics that circulate back to haunt us?

In addition to registering via the AMC's activity database for the sake of online consent form to minimize the physical contacts, you are required to RSVP on the CRESLI's website, as it is their event that we are joining. As noted on their webpage, you will be turned away if you do not have their reservation confirmation. The group size is capped at 50.

This is more of a wildlife observation/photography event than hiking and is definitely family-friendly! Bring a pair of binoculars or telescope lens! The event features a total of 1.2-mile round-trip walk on a flat gravel terrain, and is estimated to run for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on what we get to spot. In the past, some people have quickly left as soon as snapping a few pics, and you may do so at your convenience. Just dress appropriately to the weather conditions in layers as it is rain or shine and bring spare dry clothes just in case! It is always windier by the ocean and the wind chill effect bring down the temperature by a good margin. Other than that, pack in your essentials like (hot) water, snacks and lunch. Cupsogue Beach County Park is inaccessible by the public transportation, and the leader will not be able to offer a ride share, as it is regrettably full as is.

Video-1: https://vimeo.com/508497017
Video-2: https://vimeo.com/388830599

There's MUCH more to AMC than just this meetup!

Needs a location

AMC's NYNJ Chapter has so much more to offer than just what you see on this Meetup! We offer hundreds of great activities all year long that never make it on to Meetup.

If you would like to see the entire list of everything that the NYNJ Chapter has scheduled (new activities are added every day) follow the link below to our official website:

https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=9&mode=list

And if you are interested in being part of the conversation please join our Facebook group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYNJAMC/

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