American Hiking Society

SILVER SPRING, MD   |  www.AmericanHiking.org

Mission

Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our 2020-2014 Strategic Plan will be launched later this year, and we will add it to our profile.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Dr. Kate Van Waes

Main address

8403 Colesville Rd Suite 1100

SILVER SPRING, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

51-0211993

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Trails Day

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY is the first Saturday in June, and is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteer Vacations are a series of trail building projects on America’s public lands. Each crew consists of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Trips involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. More than a program that rehabilitates trails, Volunteer Vacations fosters public land stewardship and provides volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it!

Population(s) Served
Adults

American Hiking Society works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. Our efforts ensure funding for hiking trails, the preservation of natural areas and the protection of hiking experiences. Through our national advocacy/Hike the Hill® and regional initiatives American Hiking protects trails and the hiking experience in areas of the country where specific and urgent needs exist.

Population(s) Served
Adults

American Hiking Society’s Alternative Breaks are volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.

Population(s) Served
Students

Brings together diverse rising stars in the outdoor community, ages 19 - 39, to serve as Ambassadors for a year for American Hiking, participating in advocacy campaigns and Hike the Hill; promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the hiking community; and leading trail service events.

Population(s) Served
Activists

Where we work

Awards

Together We Are a Force Award 2018

Outdoor Industry Association

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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; advocate for the protection and expansion of hiking spaces; foster trail stewardship; and collaborate with partners whose strengths are complementary.

1. We Are Hikers
We share our love of hiking. We achieve our mission through uniting the diverse hiking community.

2. Hiking Matters
We believe in hiking’s transformative power: It boosts mental and physical health, engenders respect for ourselves and our surroundings, and creates and strengthens a sense of community.

3. Trails Are for Everyone
We believe that everyone should feel welcome as a hiker on all trails. Hiking offers low-threshold access to a positive outdoor social activity available to all.

4. We Share the Trail
We collaborate with partners that complement our strengths and weaknesses, rather than competing. We convene, amplify, and lead, rather than direct.

5. Hiking Inspires Sustainability
We protect the places we love. Because hiking directly engages hikers with their surroundings, it invites deeper personal connections with that land, leading to a commitment to care and advocate for its health and preservation.

We have been advocating for the diverse national hiking community since 1976, bringing to bear our strong nonpartisan relationships with Congress and federal government, our far-reaching social media presence and member engagement, our long-standing trail service projects in public lands across the country, and American Hiking Society's National Trails Day (a national celebration of water and land trail stewardship and protection of public lands).

In 2018, American Hiking Society:

-- Reached over 2 million people with its advocacy posts on social media, with a total engagement of almost 41,000 and over 2,000 messages sent from members and supporters directly to Congress through our calls to action.
-- Ran the Vote Public Lands education campaign around the midterm election.
-- Co-hosted the largest-ever Hike the Hill advocacy week, with other 135 participants from trail organizations across the country.
-- Helped to secure a $27.6 million increase in trail funding; advance permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Every Kid Outdoors Act; get signed into law the wildfire funding fix to prevent erosion of trail maintenance funds and still protect funding for fighting wildfires; reverse the National Park Service plan to increase national park entrance fees; and release the Forest Service National Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System; and served on the steering committee for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Scenic and Historic Trails System.
-- Launched the NextGen Trail Leaders program, which brought together rising stars in the outdoor community to speak out in protection of public lands and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors.
-- Provided $3.3 million in volunteer labor for trail service.
-- Improved over 4000 miles of trail through 380 trail service projects.
-- Improved trails in 36 national parks, 51 national forests, 12 national wildlife refuges, 15 Bureau of Land Management sites, 104 state parks and forests, and 86 municipal and county parks.
-- Fielded majority female trail volunteer teams across all of our programs.
-- For the first time in the history of the American Hiking Alternative Break program, ran the program with an Historically Black University.
-- Improved almost 4000 miles of trail in one day through our national hikers' pledge on National Trails Day.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Hiking Society

Board of directors
as of 12/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bradley Ellis

Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Sarah Morgan

International Red Cross

Term: 2018 - 2020

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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