Building the Next Generation of Trail Conservationists

2024 Emerging Leaders’ Summit

The 2024 Emerging Leaders’ Summit will be held August, 2-4, in New Jersey


Are you interested in joining a diverse cohort of emerging leaders, ages 18-30, looking to expand skills and stewardship for the outdoors through connection, action, and expression?

The ATC’s Emerging Leaders’ Summit (ELS) offers participants trainings, workshops, and experiences with a focus on building skills and community through the lens of the Appalachian Trail.

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Summit at the New Jersey School of Conservation, in Sandyston, New Jersey, August 2-4, 2024.

  • Connect with ATC leaders and summit participants
  • Learn about Trail Stewardship and Conservation
  • Be Inspired through reflection and creative expression

ATC’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) aspires to cultivate greater strength and resilience within and beyond the organization as we work to manage and protect the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding natural resources.

Who Should Apply for the Summit?

  • Young Adults, Ages 18 to 30
  • Representing different education levels and work experience
  • Interested in learning about Appalachian Trail Stewardship
  • Passionate about empowering others to make the outdoors and the Appalachian Trail a welcoming place for all
  • Varying levels of outdoor experience
  • Looking to build community through shared learning and experience

*Priority will be given to those residing in the eastern United States.

Spaces are limited. Review of applications begins on June 25th and those accepted will hear back from ATC before the July 4th holiday.


If you have questions about the 2024 Summit, please contact We also hope you will consider attending another ATC event or joining our volunteer community!


All meals, lodging, and equipment are provided by ATC. Summit will begin around 3pm on Friday, August 2nd and finish after lunch on Sunday, August 4th.

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