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Commemorate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with the Appalachian Mountain Club

Find your event! – Do not miss this opportunity to join a monumental week-long celebration of Earth Day.  The AMC Delaware Valley Chapter has plenty of ideas to choose from.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10 percent  of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to raise awareness and promote action to save our planet.  This movement is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as one of the largest global events.

While the AMC has celebrated Earth Day in previous years, this 50th anniversary deserves special recognition and, at AMC, we are proud to sponsor events.

We Share the Vision – Its been our Mission. For nearly 150 years. This Earth Day will certainly draw global attention in exponential fashion.  Join us, and be part of the biggest Earth Day movement the world has ever seen.

Below are links to the many events, which will be updated regularly.  Can’t make it to a DV event?  Check out AMC’s other chapters which are also hosting many Earth Day 2020 events.

Sat April 18 Earth Day 2020 Waterfall Hike and Nature Journaling Moderate difficulty. Celebrate Earth Day 2020 with a mindful, scenic hike along one of NJ’s tallest waterfalls! We will do an 8-mile hike up Buttermilk Falls and then along the AT to Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond while enjoying valley views along the Kittatinny Mountain ridge. To capture the spirit of Earth Day, we will break for lunch and take extra time to sketch or write in our personal journals as we reflect on the day’s inspirations. This is the perfect intro to nature journaling for newcomers! There is a 1,000 foot elevation gain along the hike - the initial ascent (1.5 mi) and final descent (1 mi) are very steep (including some possible scrambling) with relatively level trails in between. Hiking poles are recommended for rocky and steep terrain. Please pack sufficient water, a lunch and snacks. Bring a rain layer just in case of April showers. Don’t forget a small notebook and a pen/pencil for your journal! Please register with the leader for the meeting time and location and feel free to reach out with any questions. Heavy rain/storms will cancel. Led by Kristen Falzon, AMC trip listing.

 

Sat April 18 Earth Day 50th Anniversary Erase The Trace III at Lehigh Gap Moderate difficulty. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Come out and celebrate this special 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with the AMC-DV! Hopefully you have heard about Leave No Trace and how important it is for protecting the environment (if not, please ask). In support of the conservation mission of Earth Day and the Appalachian Mountain Club, we are taking our efforts a step further and “Erasing the Trace.” While we enjoy a hike on the famous Appalachian Trail with “rocksylvania” terrain of the south trail, budding leaves, and spectacular views, we can also maintain that beauty by picking up items that don’t belong, left behind by others. This hike begins with steep elevation and rocky footing. Pace will be moderate as we take time to take in views and take out trash. Participants must bring 2 liters of water, wear sturdy hiking boots, and bring snacks and a lunch. Bring trash bags if you can, but we will have extras. Trash bags and gloves are recommended, but we will have extras. Registration is required as group size is limited to reduce human impact on the trails. Led by Jeff Fritzinger and Barbara Beatrice, AMC trip listing.

 

Sat April 18 Earth Day 2020 - Nockamixon State Park Clean Up Our chapter gets a lot of use out of Nockamixon State Park. We use the Education Center and Hostel for meetings; we hike there; we canoe and kayak there; we just go there to sit and enjoy the scenery. So join us to give back to the park by helping clean up a stretch of road running through the park, and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day at the same time. Meet at the Park Office on Mountain View Drive (563) at 8.30 AM. Wear long pants & sleeves (poison ivy around!). Gloves, safety vests and goggles will be provided, but bring your own if you have them. Event will take place rain or shine. Please Register with the leader so we know how many people to expect. This is a joint activity with the Friends of Nockamixon State Park and the DCNR. Adrian Noble, AMC trip listing.

 

Sun April 19 Earth Day 50th Anniversary Monocacy Way Clean-Up Hike Easy difficulty. Come out and celebrate this special 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with the Appalachian Mountain Club! If you are not an AMC member, curious about who we are, new to hiking, or simply looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day - This is the event you want to attend! The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Hopefully you have heard about Leave No Trace and how important it is for protecting the environment (if not, please ask). In support of the conservation mission of Earth Day and the AMC, we are taking our efforts a step further and removing trash along the trail while enjoying a fun and easy 5-mile hike. After the hike, please hang around to enjoy refreshments and learn more about the AMC, Earth Day and their collective missions as well as various short discussions on topics such as conservation opportunities, hiking gear, map & compass reading, among others. Can’t make it to the hike? Please join is for the post hike event starting about 12 pm at the Illick’s Mill Parking area! Gear and experience are not required. Registration for the hike portion is appreciated to manage group sizes, please contact Jeff Fritzinger at leadership@amcdv.org. Led by Jeff Fritzinger and Barbara Beatrice AMC trip listing.

 

Sun April 19 Earth Day 2020 Exploratory Bicycle Ride on the Mcdade Trail An exploratory bike ride on the McDade Trail along the Delaware River in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will begin at 10:00 AM at the Pocono Envronmental Education Center, 538 Emery Rd., Dingman’s Ferry, PA 18328. Registration is required. This ride is intended primarily for leaders and co-leaders of bike rides at AMC’s Fall Gathering in October, however others are also invited. We intend to ride from Jerry Lees access going north about 8 miles to White Pines access, return to Jerry Lees and then head south 8 miles to Bushkill Village access, and then back to Jerry Lees. The ride will be about 32 miles. The McDade Trail extends through most of the length of the Water Gap and presents views of the river, tributaries, open farm fields, forests, and historic landscapes. Our pace should vary from 8 to 12 mph depending on terrain. Most of the distance we will be riding will not be difficult, however short portions at the opposite ends may provide moderately challenging climbs over rolling hills. The trail itself is mostly dirt and gravel, some is coarse. A mountain bike or hybrid bike in decent condition with medium to wide tires is best. Bring lunch, a spare tube, a flat repair kit, sufficient water, and clothing to suit the weather. A bicycle helmet is mandatory. The ride may be cancelled if threatening weather is forecast, so please check the status before departing from your point of origin. Contact either of the leaders for registration and further information. See links below for driving directions and trail map. Led by Bob Liston and Tammy Brown AMC trip listing.

 

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