Activities for AMC Boston Family Outings

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Family Memorial Day Weekend Hike to Mt. Chocorua, Albany, NH (BHP Level 4)

Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:00 AM

Join Boston Family Outings on a BHP (Beginner Hiking Program) Hike up Mt. Chocorua. Chocorua is one of the most photographed mountains in the world, but we're going to do more than just take pictures of it. We're going to hike up the mountain, where we will be greeted with breathtaking 360 degree views of surrounding mountains, lakes, and forests.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Rick Gershberg

Rick is an AMC Boston Family Outings leader who enjoys leading trips throughout the year. He has many years of experience dating back to the YOP Program in the 90s. He also is a co-leader for the skiing committee.

Amy Kelliher

Amy is a leader for and co-chair of the Boston Family Outings Committee. When she's not working on finishing her 48 4000-footers, Amy enjoys looking at maps, reading, cooking, eating, and spending time with her 11-year old twins, her husband, and their energetic Golden Retriever, "Bentley".

Family Walk at Prospect Hill Park, Waltham, MA

Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

We will walk from the South end of Prospect Park along the ridge to the peak in the park. We'll have great views of downtown Boston and Waltham and enjoy this beautiful wooded area.

This hike is open to all families, is free, and is sponsored by AMC Boston Family Outings and OutdoorsRx. The walk is show and go. No registration is required. Members and non-members welcome. Please check this website the night prior to be sure the walk is still on, weather dependent.

Trip details

Activity: 
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christopher Stix stixc2001@yahoo.com (781-894-2924; before 8 PM)

Chris has an environmental studies degree from the University of Wisconsin. He leads Outdoorsrx trips for families in the Western suburbs of Boston. He also leads nature awareness trips, called Appreciating Nature. In 2014, Chris offered trained volunteer and crew naturalists in how to run nature awareness programs for families. He loves to hike and bike.

Family AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Memorial Day Weekend, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:30 AM to Monday, May 27, 2019 11:00 AM

Are you and your family ready for the fun and adventure of staying overnight at an AMC hut and summiting a New Hampshire 4000 footer? Spend two nights at the family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut, one of the most accessible in the Whites, and summit North Kindsman on the second day. On Saturday we will hike 1.6 miles (and gain 1000' vertical feet) to the hut at a kid friendly pace. The route crosses 2 bridges and features a few mild rock scrambles, and the incline is moderated by switchbacks. Along the way, we will stop for snacks, look at nature and enjoy the views.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Wait Listed
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@gmail.com (617-835-6532)
Robin Swift robinswift@gmail.com (978-577-8754)

Family Overnight Backpack to AMC Zealand Falls Hut, White Mtns, NH

Sunday, May 26, 2019 12:00 AM to Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a night at Zealand Hut, one of AMC's easiest huts to access. The hut, with co-ed bunkrooms, is spectacularly situated on the side of Zealand Valley near Zealand Falls at the northern end of the Pemigewasset wilderness. We will hike in via the Zealand trail which is 2.8 miles and 650 ft. gain. Carry your sleeping bag, lunches and snacks, water and gear. The group will carry in supplies for dinner and breakfast and prepare it together in the hut kitchen. This trip is appropriate for children > 4 years with adults who can hike 2.8 miles on a relatively flat trail.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com

Family Cook Conservation Area Guided Tour, Lancaster, MA (BHP Level 1 & 2 Hike)

Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Join Lancaster Recreation Committee and AMC Boston Family Outings Past Chair, Jeanne Blauner, for a guided tour of Cook Conservation area starting at 9 am. Discover our local history through stories of days gone by. Imagine 1642. The Nashaway Algonquin Indians invite you to settle here along the Nashua …... Options for shorter (~ 1 hr) or longer walk (~ 3 - 3.5 hrs) of your choice. The longer walk is a relatively easy 5.5 mile hike much of which is along the Nashua River. Dress for the weather and bring a rain jacket, water, and snacks and/or lunch.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco and has trips coming up to New Zealand and Fiji/Tonga.

Coleader: 
Stephen Hutchinson smhutch13@hotmail.com
Andrea Kiuru-Shepard AShepard@lancasterma.net (978-549-3514)

Family Nature Walk Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Middlesex Fells

Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The AMC will be offering four hikes celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Middlesex Fells with co-leaders from the Friends of the Fells who are experts on the history and nature of the Middlesex Fells. The Fells was established in 1894 as the first state reservation and Metropolitan park thanks to the vision of AMC leaders and Charles Elliot, partner of Frederick Law Olmstead.

The Family Nature Walk will feature our fun naturalist Clay Hobart.

Trip details

Activity: 
Conservation
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Joan Entwistle amcbostonconservation@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Clay Hobart

Family Walk at Noanet Woodlands, Dover, MA

Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

We will walk the popular Caryl Trail to an old mill site. Along the way, we will use magnifying glasses to see what lives under fallen logs and along the forest floor. We may also see some bird life including northern orioles and hawks. The walk is appropriate for all ages. From the high point of the trip we will have a view of the Boston skyline on a clear day. Please bring water, sun screen and insect repellent. Wear good shoes or hiking boots.

Trip details

Activity: 
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Christopher Stix stixc2001@yahoo.com (781-894-2924; before 8 PM)

Chris has an environmental studies degree from the University of Wisconsin. He leads Outdoorsrx trips for families in the Western suburbs of Boston. He also leads nature awareness trips, called Appreciating Nature. In 2014, Chris offered trained volunteer and crew naturalists in how to run nature awareness programs for families. He loves to hike and bike.

Blue Hills: Family Skyline Loop Hike, Milton, MA (BHP LEVEL 3)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join AMC Boston Families on a BHP level 3 hike of approximately 3 miles. We will depart the Houghton Pond area on the red dot trail to Buck Hill, then return via the North Skyline trail. Red dot hikes in the Blue Hills cover rugged, hilly terrain providing a more challenging hike. This hike is appropriate for school-aged children ages 7-12+, preferably with some recent hiking experience. The Houghton Pond recreation area is a possible post-hike family activity with a playground, concession stand, swimming and picnic area.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Lisa Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net

Cardigan High Cabin Family Summer Hike and overnight

Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 16, 2019 3:00 PM

Join a small group of AMC Families at Cardigan High Cabin for the night. Hike in two miles with 1450' elevation gain. The cabin is just under a half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3,155') w/great views.
Begin at Cardigan Lodge and hike 2 miles (1,450 elevation gain) to Cardigan High Cabin. Drop overnight gear and continue to the summit. Return to the cabin for games/activities and meal prep. The cabin has a composting toilet and wood stove for heat. Sunday hike back to Cardigan Lodge.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)
Coleader: 
Navaneeth Kalluru navneeth2666@gmail.com

Franconia Ridge Family Hike, Franconia Notch, NH (BHP Level 4)

Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Enjoy this classic hike across one of the most beautiful ridges in the White Mountains. Ascend the Falling Waters trail to Little Haystack, traverse the Franconia Ridge going over Mt.Lincoln to Mt.Lafayette, then down via The Old Bridle Path. 8.9 miles, and over 4,000 feet of total elevation gain. This is a strenuous hike, best for kids age 9 and up, but a classic and beautiful and we know some of you and your kids can do it. Registration required. We will help you assess if you and your kids are ready for this spectacular adventure. This will be a long, but very beautiful special day.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco and has trips coming up to New Zealand and Fiji/Tonga.

Nadiya Teplyuk nadiyateplyuk@yahoo.com (508-615-1423)
Coleader: 
Bert Ruiter bertruiter7@gmail.com (617-992-6597)

Family Hike Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary Berlin, MA (BHP Level 1 and 2)

Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

2 mile hike on easy terrain.
Mission: This forty-five acres of natural land is home to plants, streams, glacial boulders, and wild animals large and small. It is our mission to protect and care for wildlife habitats, trails, forests, streams, and wetlands.

The sanctuary is a place of tranquility and self-reflection. It loves rocks, trees, and birds. In that loving, we find nourishment for our spirits and our souls.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com

July 4th Family Weekend AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH

Thursday, July 4, 2019 2:00 PM to Sunday, July 7, 2019 3:00 PM

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has reserved the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for July 4th weekend. Join us for some great hiking, socializing, and fun with the family. Summer hiking is awesome with beautiful views and warm temperatures. Hikes will be designed to fit the ages and interests of the kids including a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch; a classic "big bang for your buck" hike. More challenging hikes (Mt. Tom, Mt.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Beck

Dave is an AMC Boston Chapter Family Outings leader.

Coleader: 
Debi Garlick

Debi is a 4-season hike leader and a 3-season backpack leader for Worcester and Berkshire Chapters.

Registrar: 
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508; 2pm to 9 pm)

AMC Ponkapoag Camp Family Canoeing, Hiking, and Primitive Camping Overnight, Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA

Saturday, August 3, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 4, 2019 2:00 PM

Join us for family camping with canoe and hiking adventures, group dinner, campfire, S'mores and lots of fun. AMC Ponkapaug Camp is on the eastern shore of the 230-acre Ponkapoag Pond in the 8,500 acre Blue Hills Reservation just 13 miles south of downtown Boston. We have planned a night out with a fire and Smores and family friendly canoe experience coupled with friendly walks and hikes on local trails.

Trip details

Activity: 
Camping
Hiking
Paddling
Paddling - Canoeing
Paddling - Flatwater
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco and has trips coming up to New Zealand and Fiji/Tonga.

Brian s Witkov user369128@aol.com (978-807-4901)

Brian is a seasoned hiker and backpacker. His interests are fitness and nature, with a strong fondness for urban parks and anything involving the Olmsteads..thats right ..it was a family business. Brian enjoys leading urban walking trips as well as 4 season trips for families in Boston and new Hampshire. Both backpacks as well as hikes are interesting and fun for children and their families. Within the last year, he has been involved with shelter, hut and all season experiences in the whites.

David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)

AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins in August, Greenville, ME

Saturday, August 10, 2019 12:00 AM to Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Join a small group oilies at AMC's newest Medewisla Lodge and Cabins in Greenville, ME this summer. Enjoy private lakefront cabins w/shared bathhouse (w/shower) or a shared lakefront bunkhouse with 4 rooms with 4 bunk beds in each room. Enjoy an extensive trail network, beautiful Second Roach Pond, paddle boarding, kayaks and canoeing just steps away from our cabins and bunkhouse. On a clear night perhaps we can look through their telescope at the night sky.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Paddling - Canoeing
Trip state: 
ME
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Laurene Poland ljpoland@msn.com (508-728-1373)

Harold Parker Family Canoeing, Hiking, and Primitive Camping Overnight, Stearns Pond, Andover, MA

Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:00 PM

Join us for a night out with a fire and Smores and family friendly canoe experience coupled with hikes thru Harold Parker State Forest and adjacent Trails. We will relish the night out experience sleeping next to a pond in a tent with the sleeping bag and pad for bedding. The presence of other families......and of course canoeing and walks will give everyone a short but fun filled outdoors overnight. Canoes, life jackets and instruction is included. Camping is primitive (no running water or flush toilets not to speak of showers). Cost/person: Adults $25; Kids: $20.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Canoeing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Brian s Witkov animalhc@aol.com (978-807-4901; after 7 pm)

Brian is a seasoned hiker and backpacker. His interests are fitness and nature, with a strong fondness for urban parks and anything involving the Olmsteads..thats right ..it was a family business. Brian enjoys leading urban walking trips as well as 4 season trips for families in Boston and new Hampshire. Both backpacks as well as hikes are interesting and fun for children and their families. Within the last year, he has been involved with shelter, hut and all season experiences in the whites.

Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)

Family Camping on Cape Cod, MA

Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:00 AM to Monday, September 2, 2019 12:00 AM

FAMILY CAMPING ON CAPE COD, NICKERSON STATE PARK, BREWSTER, MA. We will camp at Nickerson State Park, a short walk from the beach at Flax Pond, where there is swimming, non-motorized boating, frog catching, biking and general fun. CHOOSE THE DAYS YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME! (2 night minimum on the weekend). Great for kids/teens of all ages. Convenient to the Outer Cape and local attractions, bike trails, and bayside beaches. Informal group activities may include group biking trips, swimming and excursions. Group size is 25-30. Group site for tenting. Breakfast and dinner included.

Trip details

Activity: 
Bicycling
Camping
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Naomi Ribner tonaomirose@gmail.com
Paul Pichetti paul_pick@verizon.net
Coleader: 
Peter Fraunholtz
Renee Spring

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us Wednesday evening September 25 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 - 7 pm or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and big events coming up 2020 (New Year Celebration and Equipment Sale, Beginner Hiking Program BHP, and Leader Appreciation Dinner/Awards Ceremony). This is followed by a general trip planning. Bring your ideas. Teens welcome to join.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Coleader: 
Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com (267-240-2849)

FAMILY FALL WEEKEND AT SUB SIG CABIN, CRAWFORD NOTCH

Friday, September 27, 2019 6:30 PM to Sunday, September 29, 2019 12:00 PM

Join us for a weekend at Sub Sig Cabin in Hart's location in Crawford Notch, NH down the road from AMC Highland Center. This is a half century old hidden jewel …in fact it is called Hart's location and the cabin ( Sub Sig) is rustic, but comfy with an outhouse ( yeah) and hauled in water. We will plan a hike choice both Saturday and Sunday as well as group breakfasts and a supper prepared by us all on Saturday evening. Trip is recommended for families with kids ages 7 and up. Group size limited to 16 lucky souls.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Brian s Witkov ANIMALHC@AOL.COM

Brian is a seasoned hiker and backpacker. His interests are fitness and nature, with a strong fondness for urban parks and anything involving the Olmsteads..thats right ..it was a family business. Brian enjoys leading urban walking trips as well as 4 season trips for families in Boston and new Hampshire. Both backpacks as well as hikes are interesting and fun for children and their families. Within the last year, he has been involved with shelter, hut and all season experiences in the whites.

Jeanne Blauner

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC, among others. Jeanne is Past Chair AMC Boston Family Outings and a YOP (Youth Opportunities Program) trained leader with Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. Jeanne leads hiiking, backpacking, XC Ski, snowshoe, and canoe trips, among others. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco and has trips coming up to New Zealand and Fiji/Tonga.

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us Wednesday evening November 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 - 7 pm or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and big events coming up 2020 (New Year Celebration and Equipment Sale, Beginner Hiking Program BHP, and Leader Appreciation Dinner/Awards Ceremony). This is followed by a general trip planning. Bring your ideas. Teens welcome to join.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
David Powell
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Coleader: 
Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com (267-240-2849)