2015 ATC Biennial Conference at Shenandoah University

2015 ATC Biennial logoThe theme of the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Biennial Conference is "Hiking Through History." Shenandoah University is the host of this ATC Biennial Conference to be held from Friday, July 17th through Friday, July 24, 2015.

It's too late to register online, however, you may still sign up onsite when the event opens. Not all of the options for activities will still be available at that time.

The main campus of Shenandoah University (SU) lies (lays?) on more than scenic 100 acres in Winchester, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, 70-miles west of Washington, D.C.

SU offers vibrant outdoor activities, such as hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, canoeing the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, camping in national forests and the (insane) exploration of limestone caves.

The 2015 ATC Biennial Conference is co-hosted by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and Mountain Club of Maryland (MCM) and is open to the public (IOTTP).

Shenandoah University

"Hiking Through History" at Shenandoah University includes camping on the field behind the Brandt Student Center, workshops in Henkel Hall, evening presentations in Armstrong Concert Hall, registration and exhibits in Shingleton Gymnasium, receptions and musical entertainment in the BSC Ferrari Room. Some attendees will stay in residence halls and dine in the Allen Dining Hall.

Volunteers are needed to lead the [many] hikes that take place during the conference and to lead excursions, help with workshops, registration and other duties. Shenendoah University

2015 ATC Biennial Hikes

From Saturday, July 18th through Thursday, July 23rd, there will be 70 carefully selected, unique guided hikes, some offered up to four times - a total of 180 hiking opportunities in six days.

In addition to amazing scenic areas, there will be 50 nature-, 70 history-, and 15 photography-themed hikes, plus five sunset hikes. Many of the excursions include a swim, and/or a stop at an ice cream shop, restaurant, winery or brewery.

Family hiking specialists have designed 30 hikes five miles or less that are suitable for most families, plus 115 hikes suitable for most children eight years and older that are nine miles or less.

2015 ATC Biennial Workshops

Workshops will be held during the day on Saturday, July 18th through Monday, July 20th, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Evening Workshops will be held on Monday, July 20th, from 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

Topics of 11 Workshops

  • "A.T. - The Trail" (ATT)
  • "A.T. - The Communities" (ATC)
  • "Creative Arts" (CA)
  • "Environment" (ENV)
  • "Hiking and Backpacking Skills" (HBS)
  • "History" (HIS)
  • "Natural Wonders" (NW)
  • "Other Trails" (OT)
  • "Trail Maintenance & Management" (TMM)
  • "Volunteer Leaders and Club Management" (VCM) and
  • "Youth/Outreach" (YO).

Come to the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference in Winchester, VA. There's no better way to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and to meet those who love it.

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