Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
With declining Covid cases and increased vaccinations, this spring is looking a lot rosier than last year with a full season of activities planned. “While we may start off maintaining our reduced size and some of our Covid precautions, there’s a chance by end of summer/early fall that we may be able to if not move back into ‘fully normal,’ then something that looks much more like normal by the end of the summer,” says Herb Zoota, the Facilities and Services Chair for the AMC New York-North Jersey Chapter.
Zoota oversees the Harriman Program Committee, Wilderness First Aid, the Fire Island Cabin, and the Trails Committee. He’s looking forward to a full season of hiking, canoeing, kayaking, yoga, and activities for members at The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. The 26-acre camp on Breakneck Pond in Harriman State Park is located about 35 miles from New York City.
“We’re looking forward to having a diverse group of programs, from the type of activities and the different themes and skills as well as the different interests of our members that we want to come out,” Zoota says. New activities will increase access to the outdoors, with Introduction to Camping and car camping activities planned. Volunteer cleanups at AMC’s new project in Harriman State Park, the Baker Camp on Lake Sebago, are also in the works.
In terms of accommodations, Zoota anticipates that camping will continue through at least June, with cabins potentially opening back up in August or September. The season opens the weekend of May 15, so keep your eye on the Activities Database for new trips and come out and join us! If you have ideas for new programs or want to volunteer, contact Zoota at firstname.lastname@example.org.