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Partners in the Parks: Appalachian Trail
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Partners in the Parks: Appalachian Trail

5/25/2019 to 6/1/2019
When: May 25-June 1, 2019
Where: Appalachian Trail
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Please read the following before registering:



Affiliating yourself with your institution

If you are not the director of your program, or you do not hold a current NCHC Institutional, Professional, or Student Membership, and/or have not attended an NCHC program in the past year, you may not be in our new software system yet!

You must sign up as a "Contact" prior to registering for any NCHC program, using the link below. 

Sign up as a Contact!

Be sure to select “Contact” when creating a username for our website. If your institution has an Institutional Membership, signing up as a "Contact" will affiliate you with your institution, and you'll receive the member discount. If you sign up for any membership aside from "Contact," you will be asked to pay for that membership fee.

You'll receive an email notification, and THEN you may start registration for the intended institute.

(If your institution is not a member of NCHC, please proceed as a "Guest.")

*Members receive a 50% discount on NCHC Partners in the Parks registration pricing!

Questions? Contact the NCHC office at (402) 472-9150 or


Mandatory Documentation

This year, when you register, you will be required to turn in 3 forms stating your acknowledgement of different NCHC policies while you are a participant on your potential trip. To save you some time while registering, we recommend downloading these files now, digitally or physically signing them, and have them ready to be uploaded with your application.



Tentative Schedule

Friday – early arrivals participate in CPR / AED certification class



Fly in to Roanoke (ROA) airport or drive to Blacksburg, VA

Move-in to Mountain Lake Biological Station (MLBS)

Ice breaking activities | Overview of the week

2:00 – 5:00 SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class

Breakout into 2 cook groups – menu planning


Sunset at Wind Rocks (on the A.T.) near MLBS

Nightly campfire reflections



8:00 – 5:00 SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class*


Meet with ATC Southern Regional Representative

Nightly campfire reflections



8:00 – 5:00 SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class


Discussion with Lynn Davis, ATC Director of Federal Policy & Legislation

Nightly campfire reflections



Begin hike on A.T. – Pine Swamp – Rice Fields (Leave No Trace integrated into hike)

LNT with Jeff Marion (founder of LNT)


Nightly campfire reflections



A.T. Hike Day 2 – Rice Fields – 460 Celeneese (or Pocahontas, shorter)

Hike and discussion of pipeline impact on view-shed – Diana Christopolis

Stay at Holy Family Hostel – set-up camp | Trail magic – cook dinner for hikers


Artist in Residence – A.T.

Nightly campfire reflections



Trip down to Trail Town USA - Damascus Virginia | AT Visitor’s Center / NPS site

Camp – Grayson Highlands A.T. section


Nightly campfire reflections



Return from Damascus

Canoe/Kayak on the New River

Woods Hole Hostel

Time for presentation preparations


Evening Presentations

Nightly campfire reflections



Breakfast / Break camp / Transport to town for showers before departure

Shuttle people to airport



Program Size 10 Students
NCHC Member Price $800 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1600 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register April 15, 2019









If you have any questions regarding your trip specifically, please contact your trip facilitators listed below. They will be sending you more information regarding what to pack, and any supplies you may need for your trip.


Trip Facilitators

 Christina McIntyre, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

 Mark Peach, Southern Adventist University




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than thirty days in advance of the trip departure date.

  • Received prior to 30 days before trip departure:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 30 days before trip departure:            No refunds granted

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