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American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails.  We also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone.

Press & Media Inquiries

Please send general inquiries to Wesley Trimble, Program Outreach & Communications Manager at WTrimble@AmericanHiking.org or call 301.565.6704x703. 

 

For inquiries regarding Volunteer Vacations, please email Libby Wile, Senior Director of Programs at LWile@AmericanHiking.org or call 301.565.6704x704. 

Recent Press Releases

Administration’s Budget Catastrophic for Trails & Recreation

June 8, 2017

SILVER SPRING, MD – June 8, 2017 – The Administration recently released its budget for fiscal year 2018 revealing what…

#FindYourTrail Celebrates America’s National Trails System

June 1, 2017

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, several federal agencies and nonprofit organizations announced the launch of #FindYourTrail to celebrate the upcoming…

Four Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors on National Trails Day®

May 31, 2017

On Saturday, June 3rd, people across America are invited outside for a fun trail experience during American Hiking Society’s National…

American Hiking Society Announces Kathryn Van Waes as New Executive Director

May 17, 2017

American Hiking Society (AHS) is pleased to announce Kathryn Van Waes, Ph.D. as its new Executive Director. Van Waes will…

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Volunteer Vacations

View the 2016 Volunteer Vacations Report

Selected Statistics from Volunteer Vacations 2016

  • 59 Trail Projects
  • 553 Total Volunteers
  • Improved Trail Access for more than 1.8 Million trail users
  • 17,960 Volunteer Hours, worth an estimated $521,1147 in sweat equity
  • American Hiking crew built or maintained over 291 miles of trail

What are Volunteer Vacations?

Volunteer Vacations are a series of trail stewardship projects on America’s public lands. In a time of reduced budgets and limited resources, land managers are often in need of able-bodied volunteers to assist with their trail maintenance needs.  American Hiking Society organizes week-long “working vacations”, which match volunteers to trail projects across the country.  More than a program that rehabilitates trails, Volunteer Vacations fosters public land stewardship and provides volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it!

Why are Volunteer Vacations necessary?

American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations program connects people with nature, introduces many to the wonders of outdoor recreation, and provides land managers with much-needed able-bodied volunteers and resources.  Volunteers return from their week of stewardship with a new found appreciation for nature and a desire to preserve it for future generations.

Who volunteers for these projects?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and from across the country. Age ranges from 13 to 80. Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome on certain trips if accompanied by a legal guardian. Each trip lists the minimum age allowed on the project details page. While each trip usually has a couple or two, or friends traveling together, many participants travel alone.

What are the trip logistics?

Each crew consists of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Trips involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization.

What if I have never done trail maintenance?

We welcome you! While we do ask that volunteers are in good physical condition, prior trail maintenance experience is not necessary on any of our trips.

Who Sponsors/Supports Volunteer Vacations?

Volunteer Vacations are made possible by 2017 corporate sponsors REI, The Explore Fund, Vasque, and Backpacker’s Pantry.  Also by Federal Partners US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management.  If you are interested in supporting our Volunteer Vacations program through sponsorship, please contact Kim Lyons, Director of Development, at KLyons@AmericanHiking.org.

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