The Spy Pond trail project for 2019 will continue the work along the south end of the Pond that was started in 2005. The work planned for this year includes brushing out of the walkway and hardened shoreline access paths, brushing in side paths, and clearing any winter blow downs off the path. The Boston Chapter Conservation Committee will also be planting native species to stabilize the shoreline soil and provide wildlife habitat.
In support of the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, AMC has closed all lodging and food service operations until July 1. Dates for all in person activities and programs posted below remain subject to change based on the latest public health guidance and government directives. Cancelled programs are not displayed. We encourage you to join AMC's online socials, educational programs, and trainings.
Join AMC Young Members for the Charles River Cleanup, one of the largest single-day river cleanups in the country. We will be volunteering at the Esplanade park near the Hynes Convention Center and Charles/MGH T stops (exact location details to come).
Join us as we celebrate Massachusetts Maple Month with a maple-themed tour at a local wildlife sanctuary!
From the Mass Audubon website:
On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.
The AMC Boston Young Members (YM) Committee is dedicated to encouraging people in their 20s and 30s to get involved in the AMC and enjoy the outdoors. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in becoming involved with the Committee. If you have attended a few YM events and are interested in exploring opportunities to contribute to the steering committee, please contact us at email@example.com.
Descriptions of typical YM Steering Committee and Volunteer positions can be found at this link:
Shannon is a 3-season leader with Young Members. She's happy to lead hikes, backpacks, and nordic ski trips in the whites or locally. She'll also recite a poem if you request it.
IMPORTANT: You *MUST* register for the show using the button above. A keycode will be emailed to all registrants the day before the show in order to access the building.
Nasja Mesa...the best unknown place to backpack in the world. Join Cambridge, MA photographer Harvey Halpern as he shows photos from his two latest long backpacks (33 and 24 days in length) on Nasja Mesa in Southern Utah. Harvey will also update you on the legal and political battle to reverse President Trump's illegal evisceration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, both in Utah.
Julie most enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses into the lesser-traveled corners of NH & ME. She also hosts the AMC Boston Slideshow Series and can be found helping out at the Boston Winter Hiking Program or leading winter hiking trips.
Family President's Day Weekend at AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the Pioneer Valley, about 1-1/2 hours west of Boston. Activities include hiking, snow shoeing, x-c skiing, and family 'snow fun' like sledding or making snow people! The accommodations are rustic, but comfortable and cozy, heated by wood stoves. The twin beds have mattresses, but we bring pillows, sheets, and blankets or sleeping bags. We need to be flexible regarding sleeping arrangements which may be co-ed to keep families together and some kids will be in sleeping bags on the floor.
The Social Life of Bears Presentation sponsored by the Boston Conservation Committee and Hiking and Backpacking Committee
Ben Kilham will share his fascinating observations, slides and videos, of bears in the wild as he follows cubs that have been rehabilitated and released. Learn how mother bears teach their cubs, and how bears share their territory when food is scarce.
Then learn from AMC and state wildlife experts how to respond to bear encounters on your hiking and camping trips.
Light refreshments will be served.
Joan Entwistle is the chair of the Boston Chapter Conservation Committee
Join Boston's AMC young members to volunteer at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary! We will help work on the gardens around the Nature Center and gift shop. We will cut down the gardens for winter maintenance and remove some invasive plants that self-sowed there. Afterwards, we can also explore the farm and wildlife sanctuary.
Join AMC Young Members, along with the Somerville Conservation Commission and the Mystic River Watershed Association to pick up trash at Draw Seven Park as part of the annual statewide COASTSWEEP cleanup. Draw Seven State Park, along the Mystic River next to Assembly Square, is Somerville's only coastal property!
Join Boston's AMC young members to volunteer at a Mass Audubon site and organic farm in Lincoln! We will help with chores from 1:30 to 4:00 and can also explore their wildlife sanctuary afterwards. During our trips last year we weeded the carrot patch, planted broccoli, and picked potatoes and green beans. We accomplished a lot and had a great time!