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  • As shutdown reaches record length National Parks and other Public Lands at breaking point

    SILVER SPRING, MD –January 11, 2018—The government shutdown has now stretched 21 days tying the longest shutdown in history, with no end in sight. As a result, our National Parks and other public lands are…

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  • Second Class of American Hiking Society’s NextGen Trail Leaders Announced

    (SILVER SPRING, MD –January 10, 2018) —American Hiking Society is pleased to announce the second class of NextGen Trail Leaders, bringing together rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across…

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  • American Hiking Society Launches First Alternative Break Scholarship

    (SILVER SPRING, MD – October 16, 2018) – American Hiking Society is thrilled to announce the launch of the first American Hiking Alternative Break Scholarship.  This scholarship will allow a college or university group the…

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  • American Hiking Society Announces Launch of Vote Public Lands Campaign

    October 11, 2018—Silver Spring, MD—Continuing the focus of protecting, preserving, and expanding public lands, American Hiking Society announces the launch of a Vote Public Lands campaign to encourage its members, supporters, and the public to…

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  • 3,954 Miles of Trail Improved on National Trails Day®

    Silver Spring, MD – On June 2, 2018 people across the country came together and surpassed the collective goal to improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US—during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.…

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  • Largest Nationwide Trails Celebration to Take Place on June 2, 2018

    Silver Spring, MD – American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® aims to collectively improve 2,802 miles of trail– the distance across the US–in a single day in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National…

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  • American Hiking Society Announces 2018 National Trails Fund Recipients

    SILVER SPRING, MD (May 24, 2018) – American Hiking Society is thrilled to announce the 2018 recipients of National Trails Fund grants. The National Trails Fund gives trail clubs and land managers the necessary funding…

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  • 2,802 Miles of Trail to be Improved on National Trails Day®

    Silver Spring, MD – On June 2, 2018 people across the country will come together to collectively improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US—during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. American Hiking Society…

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  • Inaugural Class of NextGen Trail Leaders Arrive in Washington, DC for Hike the Hill® Advocacy Week

    SILVER SPRING, MD – American Hiking Society is pleased to announce the first class of NextGen Trail Leaders, who will be the voice of early-to-mid career advocates pressing elected officials and the public to protect,…

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  • Administration’s Budget Catastrophic for Trails & Recreation

    SILVER SPRING, MD – June 8, 2017 – The Administration recently released its budget for fiscal year 2018 revealing what are nothing less than catastrophic cuts to programs that directly impact trails and the places…

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  • #FindYourTrail Celebrates America’s National Trails System

    SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, several federal agencies and nonprofit organizations announced the launch of #FindYourTrail to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Trails System as well as the Wild & Scenic Rivers…

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

    On Saturday, June 3rd, people across America are invited outside for a fun trail experience during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. On National Trails Day, people are encouraged to hike, bike, paddle, pitch in…

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  • American Hiking Society Announces Kathryn Van Waes as New Executive Director

    American Hiking Society (AHS) is pleased to announce Kathryn Van Waes, Ph.D. as its new Executive Director. Van Waes will step into the leadership role on June 5, 2017. “The AHS board underwent a thorough…

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  • Thousands of Americans to Hit the Trail this National Trails Day

    Silver Spring, MD – Thousands of events will have hundreds of thousands of Americans outdoors and having fun on American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® this Saturday, June 3, 2017. Every trail beckons adventure and…

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  • 2017 National Trails Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

    SILVER SPRING (January 17, 2017) – American Hiking Society is accepting applications for the 2017 National Trails Fund through February 17th, 2017. This exclusive grant program gives trail clubs and land managers the financial means necessary to complete critical hiking trail projects…

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  • An Altruistic Alternative for Spring Break

    SILVER SPRING, MD – A leader in volunteer tourism, American Hiking Society is inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards and offering millennials impactful, adventure-filled volunteer opportunities for their next spring break. Their just-released 2017 Alternative…

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  • Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Drawn to Trails

    Golden, CO—American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) motivated outdoor enthusiasts all across America to venture into parks and forests on June 4, 2016. Individuals, trail clubs, non-profits, businesses, and land managers hosted thousands of events…

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  • American Hiking Society Receives The North Face 2016 Explore Fund Grant

    SILVER SPRING, MD- June 28, 2016 –American Hiking Society (AHS) is proud to announce The North Face awarded a 2016 Explore Fund grant in support of Volunteer Vacations, a trail stewardship program that engages individuals, families,…

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  • A Summer Adventure Awaits

    Golden, CO – With summer just getting under way, American Hiking Society has just the thing to get everyone out of the house and having fun: National Trails Day®. This Saturday, June 4, is American…

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  • Urban Trails Offered as Solution to America’s Physical Inactivity

    SILVER SPRING, MD – May 27, 2016 – At a media event on Capitol Hill yesterday, American Hiking Society released a report supporting the creation of trails, especially in urban areas where 81% of Americans live, as a way to…

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  • Hiking – Healthcare in Hightops

    SILVER SPRING, MD-May 26, 2016—In a just-released report, Hiking Trails in America:  Pathways to Health, American Hiking Society cites the critical need to make getting healthy fun so that people stick with it not just until…

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  • Summer Adventure Made Easy

    Golden, Colorado—Finding time to plan a unique weekend adventure is often the biggest barrier to enjoying a weekend in the great outdoors, but American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day makes it easy to kick-start a…

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  • Get Healthy – Take an Urban Hike

    SILVER SPRING, MD-May, 2016 – In a nation where home gym equipment frequently ends up gathering dust shortly after it’s purchased and only 1 in 5 American adults meet the CDC’s minimal physical activity guidelines, we…

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  • National Trails Day® Beckons Americans to the Outdoors

    Golden, Colorado – Launch into the summer season with a fun and fulfilling day out on the trail during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. On June 4, 2016, hundreds of thousands of individuals will…

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  • Getting Healthy Can Be…Fun?

    SILVER SPRING, MD-May, 2016 — American Hiking Society makes the case that some of the best gym equipment in the world is already inside your shoes in its new report, Hiking Trails in America:  Pathways to Health. The…

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  • Major Victory for Conservation of America’s Great Outdoors

    As America prepares to celebrate Earth Day, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). First passed in 1964, LWCF has been absolutely critical to the conservation…

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  • Find Your Adventure at the Nation’s Largest Trails Celebration

    Golden, Colorado – Across the country, individuals eagerly await fun summer adventures, and American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will kick off the season of good times outside on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The largest annual…

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  • Celebrate 40 Years of Trail Stewardship on an Outdoor Service Vacation

    All across America, the American Hiking Society is celebrating 40 years of trail stewardship through its Volunteer Vacations program and invites all Americans to join the party on a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor volun-tour trip.   They have…

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  • Americans Resolve to Hike 40 in 2016

    Silver Spring, MD—American Hiking Society challenges every American to make 2016 the year you spend more time getting active in the great outdoors. In celebration of American Hiking Society’s 40th anniversary, people of all ages are committing to…

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  • American Hiking Society Offers Outdoor Service Vacations for Students

    Fun times in the great outdoors while protecting wild lands and paying it forward – this is what American Hiking Society is offering in their just-released 2016 Alternative Break trip schedule. Offering a variety of…

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  • Michelob Ultra Partners with American Hiking Society to make the Outdoors Superior Again

    NEW YORK (Sept. 1, 2015) – Michelob ULTRA, a Superior Light Beer, is tapping the American Hiking Society (AHS) for a toast to the great outdoors. Through its Superior Trails program, the brand has worked…

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