Ambassadors 2013!

Have you heard of all the great things our 2012 cohort of A.T. Community Ambassadors are doing and have interest in trying it out yourself? Well, you are in luck!

ATC is looking for 15 A.T. Community Ambassadors in 2013.

Franklin Ambassador Mary Bennett

Benefits include:

  • Announcement of your role in community program enewsblog and highlights of your efforts in enews and in other media outlets
  • An Ambassador package – including a t-shirt and business cards
  • Opportunity to learn about and play a key role in Appalachian Trail cooperative management partnerships
  • Training in A.T. history, management, ATC programs, and hike leadership
  • Free registration at the ATC Biennial Conference (up to $100 value, does not include lodging meals or transportation)
  • Support from ATC staff
  • A $1000 honorarium to support community and volunteer activities
  • Sharing A.T. experiences with a network of 15 A.T. Ambassadors
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the protection, management and maintenance of the A.T. and growing the next generation of A.T. stewards.

Check out the position description and details for application on ATC’s website here.

Read more about what Ambassadors have been doing this year here:  The Power of Voice ATJourneysNovDec2012

Eco Arts Awards Gives Back

Eco Arts Awards is currently calling for environmentally themed entries in six creative categories: Fine Art, Photography, Literature, Short Videos,  Songwriting and Repurposed Materials in Art & Design.

Deadline is  Jan.15, 2013.

Be sure to put Appalachian Trail Conservancy i.e. ATC  in the: How did you hear about us – field on their entry form. $10 of your entry fee will be donated to ATC!

You could win $2,000 for the Grand Prize, $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place or $250 for third place!

Eco Arts Awards is dedicated to creating a movement in culture that keeps the idea of ecology close to our awareness.

Let’s Go Questing!

What is a Quest?

Delia Clark, who is an author, facilitator, trainer, speaker (and this just scratches the surface of the multitude of gifts she has), describes it like this: Quests are playful and informative installed treasure hunts that encourage people, young and old, to actively explore the natural and cultural heritage of special places, make exciting discoveries, build strong connections, and become stewards in the process.

Teachers and A.T. Communities are beginning to see the value in creating Quests for visitors and locals to discover the landscape , history and culture in their place.  Here are ones we have so far:

Front Royal and Warren County have created 5 Quests, called Quest Shenandoah!
Hot Springs , NC Discover Quest
Purcellville, VA Old Town Quest

We’ll be adding these as they come about to the individual webpages on ATC’s website, as well as on our Trail To Every Classroom Blog, and probably on this site too – if I get my blogging skills in line:)

A Quest in the making: at Grayson Highlands State Park, photo by Jan Onan

If you are interested in learning how Questing can be used as an attractive tool for building family, school, and hiker engagement in the Appalachian Trail, then come to Delia’s presentation and workshop in Cullowhee, NC next summer as part of ATC’s Biennial Conference – an event not to miss!  And if you do have to miss it, and want to dive right into questing – check out her book on the matter: Questing: A Guide To Creating Community Treasure Hunts or there are some great examples of others on her co-author’s website:

Hope to see you out-a-questing on the Trail!