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The Outdoors Club's mission is to provide its members with activities that educate, and make them aware of the need for conservation/preservation while encouraging healthy exercise by walking and hiking in the outdoors.
Some of the outings offer members an education in geology, botany, and history. Members are encouraged to develop outdoor skills, and are given the opportunity to visit new places. We hike in parks, the greenbelt, city streets, nature preserves, gardens, and the aqueduct. We go bird watching, and to museums, restaurants and concerts.
Our city walks may provide educational information about the history of a neighborhood. For instance, on our walks through Williamsburg our members will be seeing its transition from a rundown waterfront area to a luxury one.
The Outdoors Club Inc. provides information about its outings to the general public, companies, and organizations, and supports conservation groups, public parks, nature centers etc. Currently we will be participating in the New York Public Library's Fun and Fitness Fair this year.
The Outdoors Club Inc. was established and chartered in 1978 in New York, NY, and is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) volunteer run organization open to all adults 18 and over which engages in hiking, biking, wilderness trekking, canoeing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and skiing, nature and educational city walking tours of varying difficulty. We currently have 500 members and volunteers, and publish a schedule every four-months.
Members pay dues every two years. However, one year dues are available at a higher rate. Some leaders will be asking members for proof of membership so please carry your membership card or Wanderings newsletter on outings (the expiration date is on the top line of your mailing label). Nonmembers pay one-day membership dues of $3. Membership dues are used to pay for postage, printing, office supplies, etc.
Outings are free to members but they must pay transportation costs and admission charges. They are scheduled all-year during the week and on weekends. Mostly all activities are accessible by public transportation. We hike/walk around the New York City area, and nearby areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Individual participants are expected to engage in activities suitable to their ability, experience and physical condition. Leaders may refuse to take anyone who lacks ability or is not properly dressed or equipped. These precautions are for your safety and the well being of the group. Your participation is voluntary and at your own risk. Remember to bring lunch and water on all full day activities. Read the description carefully, and follow its directions. If unsure what to wear or bring with you on an activity telephone the leader.
- Helen Mangione
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