Winchester, VA (Feb. 18, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to assist with the 2015 Biennial Conference “Hiking Through History,” co-hosted by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland. Scheduled for July 17 to 24 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, the conference will feature hikes, workshops, entertainment, and more. Volunteers are needed to lead hikes and excursions, help with registration and provide information to guests, support workshops, promote the conference and assist with parking, camping, and reception coordination.
Volunteer shifts range from 4-hour shifts to full-day commitments and are open anytime during the week. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and are invited to attend a special volunteer appreciation reception on the evening of Tuesday, July 21.
“Volunteers have always been critical to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s operations, and this conference is no different,” said Steering Committee Co-Chair Lee Sheaffer. “We are expecting well over 1,200 people to attend, so we need hundreds of volunteers to make the event a success.”
The Biennial Conference brings together hikers from across the United States who are passionate about the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The event features hundreds of organized hikes on the A.T. and other trails in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and attendees will also have the chance to attend informative workshops and go on a variety of adventure and history excursions. Each evening of the conference includes music by local bands and inspirational presentations on a wide array of topics.
For more information about this event, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.atc2015.org.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]