2017 AMC Women's Conservation Leadership Program

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AMC Noble View Outdoor Center

635 S Quarter Rd

Russell, MA 01071

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The 2017 AMC Women's Conservation Leadership Program

AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club): Recreation, conservation, education are three principles of the AMC

This program is designed to understand and respond to conservation needs on the Appalachian Trail (AT) while learning about leadership skills and behaviors drawing on insight, and revelations while enjoying the great outdoors on hiking trips at Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA. We will hike to a spot on the AT and learn about invasive plants and assist in removing these. Some of these grow in our own backyards and it is good to know their impact. See link: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/land-protection-and-management/invasive-species/invasive-plants.html.

Our efforts will follow with activities at Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA where we will explore leadership, conservation while taking a few hikes, practicing yoga and bonding with other women to form new friendships while expanding our support systems.

Each of us will explore through hands-on learning and exercises how we incorporate leadership in our daily lives and within group dynamics. Sometimes, obstacles get in the way, and like invasive species we need to understand how to manage these or remove them. Over a two day period, with an overnight at Noble View Outdoor Center's double cabin (with kitchen and beds, facilities and a view of the Pioneer Valley), we will gather together to discover and explore how nature and leadership are often closely aligned.

Our leaders are trained to lead hikes with wilderness trained as trail leaders with skills in safety and nature, as well as leadership.

Noble View Outdoor Center's 358.5 acres of rural solitude maintain the ambiance of the original 1800s New England farmstead. A quiet, pristine mountaintop location offers breathtaking views of the Pioneer Valley east to Mt. Wachusett.

Easily accessible from major highways, Noble View is a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Beautiful trails wind through woodlands and abandoned farm fields, passing brooks, stone walls, cellar holes, and diverse habitats including an old growth hemlock stand.

On-site and nearby attractions include hiking, swimming, biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, camping, fishing, and the many historic and cultural resources of Western Massachusetts.Noble View is an ideal site not just for outdoor activities


Women interested in the Appalachian Trail (AT) and work performed on it to protect the indigenous/rare species and who are interested in helping conservation efforts to remove invasive species on the AT

Women who are interested in an opportunity to bond with other women who are like-minded

Women who are interested in exploring leadership styles and enhancing their own

Women who want a weekend to learn, hike and build new relationships

Women who want to explore the Berkshire AMC to learn more about the organization and enjoy one of our many programs.


Learn about an aspect of conservation. This includes indigenous and invasive species found on the AT that may well be also found in your own backyards. We will also learn how to remove invasive species working with various tools provided to us by the AMC Appalachian Trail Maintenance Leaders who will lead this segment of our weekend experiences.

Learn, share and discover from each other while offering a more intimate environment to build new relationships and receive more personalized attention. Given the size of this group will be limited to 20 or less, the opportunity to bond with others and build new relationships will be fostered.

Apply tools to strengthen indigenous species is liken to applying tools to strengthen ourselves as women leaders striving to achieve their goals and potentials while removing invasive species (tools provided)

Experiment through exercises through hiking/walking to illustrate how we lead and how these define us, or not, help us or not, in leading along with the balance of leadership and group dynamics. These will be facilitated with leaders trained in conservation, leadership training, and safety which will be shared during these exercises, before and after.

Build teambuilding skills reflected in responding to invasive species and throughout the program in exercises and communications that also incorporate learning how manage daily challenges while building new relationships.

Discover insights with respect to our own leadership styles and approaches and what is working for us and not, as we learn from each other.

Our agenda includes:

June 10

9am- 3pm - Conservation Hike on the Appalachian Trail and invasive species removal with Steve Smith, and

Deena Gilbert (we meet at Tyringham Cobbles, Tyringham, MA)

3pm - 5pm - Clean UP/Unpack take showers and relax (everyone)

5pm - 8pm - BBQ dinner and chat about conservation and leadership discussion/presentation about

the relationship between conservation and leadership (removing invasive species/obstacles)

8pm to 10pm - Night Hike: an experiential exercise in listening and learning/leadership with Fred Evans, Bess

Dillman and Deena Gilbert

June 11

7am-9am - Breakfast (GroupDynamic/Leadership exercise - Everyone)

9am-10am - Cleanup kitchen…chat/relax (everyone)

10am-11am - Yoga Outside (mats, towels)

11-noon - Showers / relax/ socialize and rest)

noon to 1 - Kristen Sykes, Director AMC Conservation; Presentation on Conservation &

Lunch and round table discussions (pizza or subs)

1:30pm to 3pm - Experiential Day hike with Laura Stinnett & Deena Gilbert (experiential leadership)

3pm - Collective discussion, pack, clean up and clear out


a. Please advise if you have special dietary or other needs.

b. Accompanying you to Noble View you will need to bring (sleeping bag or sheets (twin), pillow & case; for hiking and outdoors - yoga matt (or towel) if you have one, or let us know if you need one, bug spray, hiking shoes, long pants and long shirt sleeves, sunglasses, sunblock, flashlight/headlamp, novelties for shower/grooming).

c. Please share with organizer and leaders if you need any further accomodations based on physical or heath related needs.

d. This event is subject to cancellation by May 10th if participation falls below minimum required costs for the event. In such a case, full refund will be returned to participants. If the event remains scheduled, any cancellations by participants will receive a 50% refund up and until May 10, 2017. After May 10, 2017, no refund will be provided.

Any questions please contact Deena Gilbert, 413-881-4009/203-898-3131 or dgilbert968@gmail.com.

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