Spring is right around the corner and if the warmer weather has you yearning for an outdoor adventure, consider a Volunteer Vacation with American Hiking Society. Whether you need a kick-start to organize your next outing, are interested in traveling to a new destination, or are eager to meet others who share your passion for the outdoors, American Hiking Society offers over 50 trail-building vacations across the country allowing you to give back to the places and trails you love!
With a wide range of projects and a variety of accommodations for volunteers, American Hiking’s Volunteer Vacations program offers something for everyone. If you are new to trail work and don’t have a tent, consider the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest trip, which offers indoor lodge accommodations in the picturesque Pacific Northwest in July. If you want to experience a rugged, backcountry adventure and sleep under the stars, consider the Sawtooth National Forest trips in Idaho in August. If you are pining for a tropical beach vacation, but still want to give back in the sun, consider the Hawaii Nature Center trip in August or the St. John, Virgin Islands trips in November and December.
“While the trips are ‘working vacations,’ you can expect plenty of down-time for hiking, local attractions, and campfire camaraderie,” notes Gregory Miller, President of American Hiking Society. “No special skills are required to Get Out and Give Back, so whether you are an experienced trail builder or have never held a Pulaski, there is a trip that is right for you!”
Your crew will consist of 6-15 volunteers and you will have the guidance and supervision of an experienced crew leader. Food, park entrance fees, campsite or cabin use, tools and a one-year membership with American Hiking Society are all included in your registration fee of $275, making American Hiking’s Volunteer Vacations an inexpensive way to adventure travel, while doing something good for the trails and your spirit.
To learn more about American Hiking Society and view the 2012 Volunteer Vacation’s trip schedule, visit www.AmericanHiking.org or call (800) 972-8608.