Education and Outreach
Kids and Families
Whether you’re home on a cold, blustery day wishing you could get outside, or trying to plan your first day hike as a family – this is the page for you!
The Appalachian Trail is a Trail for all – young and old, experienced and novice alike. That means it’s a Trail for you, too!
Here you’ll find resources for kids and families to help you learn about and explore the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, including:
- The A.T. Adventure Book
- ATC’s Family Hike Planning Guide
- Suggestions of family-friendly day hikes along the A.T.
- Games and activities to play on the Trail or in your backyard!
Skill Development and Training
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is committed to helping create a new generation of A.T. stewards. In the face of the growing impacts of climate change, population growth, energy development, and other threats, we believe that we must engage the full spectrum of society and strive to incorporate groups that are underrepresented among ATC staff, A.T. visitors, and ATC constituents in order to continue to preserve and protect the Appalachian Trail.
To help us achieve this mission, we offer a variety of programs to help people who are interested in careers in conservation develop the skills they will need to preserve and protect the Appalachian Trail and our public lands. By offering opportunities ranging from two-day skills workshops to year-long advisory council commitments, ATC hopes to inspire and train the future leaders of conservation.
Resources for Educators
We strive to give educators across the country tools to teach a new generation about the Appalachian Trail and the national treasures that are our public lands. Whether this means visiting the Trail with your students, learning about Trail stewardship by cleaning up a local greenway, or calculating hike itineraries in math class, teachers can utilize the outdoors for their lessons and foster students’ skills and appreciation for the local environment.
Place based education and service learning is an effective method of teaching that combines academic classroom curriculum with community service. This method of teaching encourages students to solve local community problems while offering a hands-on learning experience. Studies have shown that this method can increase student achievement, community involvement, and environmental responsibility.
The curricula provided below was developed by teachers. The curricula may be replicated or modified to meet the diverse learning needs of students at different grade levels and within different academic disciplines.
Please keep in mind the following:
- Within each curriculum there may be typographical or formatting errors, present when the curriculum was forwarded to the ATC, which the editors were unable to take the time to correct.
- Teacher and/or school contacts may have changed since the curriculum was developed. Therefore, it is possible that the curriculum at individual schools may be no longer implemented.
- Further resources cited, such as specifically named ATC staff, community leaders, and/or professional or academic personnel, may be no longer available and/or relevant.