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/):

Upcoming events (5)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Online event

The New York-North Jersey Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club recently formed a new committee: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Executive Committee elected a Chair to head the committee, and the DEI working group continues to meet every Wednesday to develop the general framework for moving forward with various diversity initiatives. If you are ready, willing and able to be a part of the new DEI Committee, signup with the link on the right to get the Zoom access code. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Explore the Mario Cuomo Bridge Bike Path

Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Registration is required at https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/119664. Meetup RSVP is not sufficient. Enjoy a picnic lunch with the best Hudson River views! This is a two-part trip. Part 1 (2B25) - We will cycle from Van Cortland Park up the South County Trail to Tarrytown Lakes and along rolling hills to Tarrytown. Then we'll slowly ride across the 3-mile Mario Cuomo Bridge, aka the New Tappan Zee Bridge, to Nyack, stopping to admire the views from every belvedere. On the way back, we'll pick our favorite spot for lunch with a view. You can choose to end your trip at this point and take the Metro North train back to New York City. This section of the ride is lovely and rated Moderate on the AMC Activity Rating System. It is about 20 miles on a flat, shaded, and paved dedicated bike paths with glimpses of the Saw Mill River and Tarrytown Lakes. Heading into Tarrytown, we will ride a short stretch on hilly roads with traffic. Pace is about 10-14 mph. Any type of bicycle is fine. Part 2 (2C40) - If you want, we will continue back to Van Cortland Park via the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The OCA is built on an aqueduct that still provides drinking water to local communities. We will pass by Lyndhurst Mansion along the way. This section is challenging but fun and rated Strenuous on the AMC Activity Rating System. It is about 12-15 miles on rugged, stony, gravelly, root-strewn, bone-rattling, teeth jarring, packed-dirt single track or gravel trail. We will travel about 6-10 mph. The last few miles back are on the thankfully paved South County Trail at a 10-14 mph pace. Mountain, hybrid, gravel, or similar type bike required. Some rugged trail riding experience required. Bring helmet, tools to repair a flat tire, 1 liter of water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, facial covering, and hand sanitizer. All AMC COVID rules apply including wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. Be prepared to wear your mask most of the day. Helmets must be worn.. Registration is required https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/119664. Meetup RSVP is not sufficient. The number of participants is strictly limited. Meeting time and place will be sent to confirmed participants. If you cannot join or are feeling sick, please cancel right away so your spot can be released to the Waiting List.

Lower Manhattan Urban Hike with Scenic River Views and Much More

Participants must register before Friday at 8 PM on the AMC website by clicking on the link below. Due to AMC COVID safety requirements, Meetup registration alone is not sufficient. You should RSVP on Meetup to indicate your intention to join us, but you will be placed on the Meetup waitlist until you register on the AMC website. https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/120733 Group size is limited to 10 individuals. Once you are confirmed after registering on AMC website, towards the end of the week you will receive an email with the exact time and meeting place location of event, including the nearest subway station. All participants must bring a face covering to be worn when not social distancing, and hand sanitizer with 60% or greater alcohol content. On this urban hike through lower Manhattan, we have many great views of the river surrounding the area, and we also see the National Museum of the American Indian (temporarily closed), the historic Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Trinity Church, the massive Oculus transit hub, the Winter Garden Atrium and lots more. We end in an area with access to many subway lines. This urban hike is rated as vigorous under the AMC rating system. We will walk at a steady, brisk (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of around 4 miles. There will be no lunch stop, so bring some snacks along if you wish, suntan lotion and enough water/sports drinks (Per AMC policy, our hikes are intended for adults 18 years and older and please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates. Naima Hall will be the leader-in-training on this urban hike. Please join me in welcoming her.

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

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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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