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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Charity Profile
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. Our mission is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, scenic vistas, wildlife and opportunities for simple recreation and renewal along the entire Trail corridor.
Formerly known as the Appalachian Trail Conference, the ATC is an 80-year-old organization whose roots are traced to the vision of Benton MacKaye, who convened and organized the first Appalachian Trail "conference" – a gathering of hikers, foresters and public officials – in Washington, D.C., in 1925. Today, we work with the National Park Service Appalachian Trail Park Office, 30 maintaining clubs and multiple other partners to engage the public in conserving this essential American resource.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is the only organization that has responsibility to protect and promote the A.T. experience. Established in 1925, the ATC has cared for the world's most famous long-distance hiking trail for over 80 years. Running 2,175 miles from Maine to Georgia, the A.T. is the nation's longest national park. ATC coordinates the management and protection of the Trail in conjunction with the National Park Service Appalachian Trail Park Office.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Volunteer Information
Volunteers built the Appalachian Trail, and volunteers keep it alive and flourishing today. More than 6,028 men and women contributed more than 196,000 hours of their time last year to the trail. Volunteer programs are designed to appeal to people with diverse talents, interests and experience levels. Some volunteer opportunities are available trail-wide, while others are regional.
The thirty clubs, from Maine to Georgia, do the real day-to-day work of the Trail. Opportunities to volunteer include maintenance, group work trips, outreach, and corridor monitoring.
ATC Program Support Volunteers:
Volunteers and interns at ATC’s headquarters in Harpers Ferry can serve in a variety of ways and are always welcome.
Spend a week or more living in the backcountry to rehabilitate, relocate, and maintain the A.T. It’s hard work and lots of fun.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Donation Information
By making a gift online, you ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, scenic vistas, wildlife and opportunities for simple recreation and renewal along the entire Trail corridor. ATC accepts the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, as well as its own ATC credit card through Bank of America (both Visa and MasterCard). Credit card gifts can also be made by phone
Giving a gift membership is a wonderful way to spread the knowledge about the Appalachian Trail and the thousands of volunteers who protect and maintain this national treasure