Welcome to the Trail To Every Classroom Blog! This space was created for teachers and educators to share information, resources and curricula in using the Appalachian Trail as a learning tool. We welcome all questions, ideas, techniques, lessons learned and enthusiasm surrounding Place-Based Education and Service Learning on the A.T.
October 19, 2012 the Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC), the Franklin, NC based Appalachian Trail (A.T.)
maintaining club, provided 8 hike leaders to support Cartoogechaye’s annual
hike to Siler Bald.
70 students and parents participated on the hike from Wayah Crest to Siler
Bald and return on the A.T. The field
trip introduced hiking as a life look health living activity. On the hike students learned about various
plants and trees and the work required to maintain the A.T . (the “Peoples Trail”)
as a primitive hiking trail.
to the hike the NHC gave a presentation to the students on the history of the
A.T., the preparations needed for a day hike (www.hikesafe.com)
and the principles of Leave No Trace (www.lnt.org).
outreach to our local schools provided by the NHC is part of the Appalachian
Trail Conservancy’s Trail to Every Classroom program. The program’s key tenants are place based
education, service learning and volunteerism.
To learn more about local hiking and volunteer opportunities to care for
first National Scenic Trail, which is literally in our backyard, visit www.nantahalahikingclub.org or