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American Hiking Society

Silver Spring, MD | http://www.AmericanHiking.org
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Joined in April 1997


About Us

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society's mission is "Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience". We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. We will achieve this vision by empowering all communities to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience; advocating for the protection and expansion of hiking spaces; fostering trail stewardship; and collaborating with partners whose strengths are complementary.

At our core, we are a community of hikers, or more simply, a community of people who more broadly share a love of foot (or assisted) travel outside along paths, trails, sidewalks, and more. However, we know that being able to move freely outside is not an opportunity available to all communities. Issues of systemic oppression, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism, ageism, bigotry against LGBTQIA-2, and more, have prevented individuals and communities from readily having financial and proximity access to hiking and trails, feeling safe and welcome while hiking, and seeing their identities and values reflected in the hiking community and outdoor industry. To ensure we are truly moving toward our vision where everyone feels a sense of belonging in the hiking community, it is our responsibility to understand and address historic and current barriers, disadvantages, and mistreatment experienced by people as they hike or consider hiking. It is our responsibility to serve as a catalyst for positive change in service of a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI) hiking community.

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society's mission is "Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience". We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to…

Issue Areas Include

  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Philanthropy
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Volunteering

Location

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    8403 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
    Suite 1100

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