Outdoor Kids and Families at the AMC Annual Meeting

The Appalachian Mountain Club will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 30, at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore (formerly the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort) in Danvers, MA. This event is open to members and non-members — and to AMC’s youngest audience, children.

AMC is offering a special rate for young outdoorsfolk ages 12 and under: $15 for the full event program — the AMC Showcase Expo, workshops, and dinner. Dinner also includes the keynote speaker, adventure writer and photographer Jonathan Waterman, who will be talking about his journeys into Alaska’s Arctic Refuge. The expo opens at 8:30 a.m.; the workshops run in one-hour segments between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The dinner and keynote begin at 6 p.m. (registration required).

Several workshops are of special interest to outdoors families:

Staying Found. This workshop talks to kids and their parents about the principles of preparation and safe travel in the woods, as well as what kids can do if they get lost. The workshop includes a video and hands-on activities for parents and kids, as well as a demonstration of what every kid should carry into the woods so they can stay Safe and Found.

Adventure Travel with Families. Have you ever thought that you have to give up on adventure when kids join the family? Think again. Bring the kids along to enjoy a presentation about the joys of big travel with the whole family. Leaders will share their experiences and photos of their favorite outdoor adventures with kids ranging in age from toddlers to teens.

Climate Change for Families. Bring the family for an interactive workshop about how climate change is affecting New England’s mountains, waters, and trails, and what you can do at home to reverse the trends. This program includes an overview of climate change and how New England may change over the next 100 years. It also explores what individuals, families, and communities can do to take action on climate change. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

AMC’s Historical Film Fest. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show, as librarian and archivist Becky Fullerton presents historic films from AMC’s collections. These range from “home movies” of AMC trips to the White Mountains in the 1930s, hikes on Katahdin in the 1940s, and whitewater paddling in the early 1970s. Some are narrated, others are silent, but all have fascinating stories to tell.

Favorite AMC trail games. This participatory workshop especially for kids will be held concurrently with the business meeting, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more
Registration information, online sign-ups, directions, and more on the AMC website.

Great Kids, Great Outdoors” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Kristen Laine.

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