American Hiking Society

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– American Hiking Society has three main avenues of action.
– Volunteerism and Outreach include Volunteer Vacations since 1978.
– National Trails Day is celebrated every first Saturday in June.
– Policy and Advocacy involve working with Congress for hiker-friendly legislation.
– Trail grants and assistance provide funding for trail maintenance.

– Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
– Charity Navigator has information on the organization.
– Links to resources like staff details and archived content are provided.

Alliance of Hiking Organizations:
– American Hiking Society leads this network.
– The alliance consists of hiking and trail clubs nationwide.
– Collaboration among clubs fosters a stronger hiking community.
– Shared resources and best practices benefit all members.
– The alliance promotes hiking and trail initiatives nationwide.

Volunteer Vacations:
– Started in 1978 to mobilize volunteers for trail maintenance.
– Participants engage in hands-on trail work.
– Volunteer Vacations offer opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
– The program contributes to trail preservation efforts.
– Volunteers play a vital role in maintaining hiking trails.

National Trails Day:
– Held annually on the first Saturday of June.
– Aims to raise awareness and celebrate hiking.
– Events organized nationwide promote trail use.
– National Trails Day encourages outdoor recreation.
– Various activities cater to hikers of all levels.

The American Hiking Society is a Maryland-based non-profit dedicated to preserving trails, the areas that surround them and the hiking experience. It was founded in 1976.

American Hiking Society
Formation1976; 48 years ago (1976)
FounderBill Kemsley
Jim Kern
Paul Pritchard
Legal status501(c)(3)
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
United States
Over 7,500
Board Chair
Saveria Tilden
Acting Executive Director
Heather Klein Olson
$1,080,467 USD (2020)
Approximately 10
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