Appalachian Trail Recognition Programs
The NPS-Appalachian National Scenic Trail office (known as NPS-APPA) and the ATC have several programs that can help you recognize your volunteers. If you have questions about these programs, contact [email protected]
Awards for Hours and Years of Service to the A.T.
ATC provides awards – pins, patches, caps and vests – to volunteers based on the number of cumulative hours they have completed. The guidelines/order form is provided below.
Presidential Lifetime Service Award
ATC has been certified to obtain this award for volunteers who have contributed at least 4,000 hours of service to the Appalachian Trail, the Trail-maintaining clubs, and ATC. The award includes a framed certificate, a letter from the president and a presidential "Call to Service" pin. To order, the Trail club should send the volunteer's name (as it should appear on the certificate), the number of volunteer hours, the Trail club name, and the shipping address for the award to [email protected] A Trail club leader must affirm that the volunteer meets the criteria found here: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/the-award.
Volunteer Recreation Pass (formerly America the Beautiful Pass)
The NPS-Appalachian National Scenic Trail office provides a Volunteer Recreation pass for volunteers who accumulate 250 hours of service. It provides free access to and use of Federal recreation sites for one year, beginning from the date of award.
Silver and Gold Service Awards
NPS also recognizes volunteers who have completed 25 and 50 years of service to the A.T by giving them Silver or Gold awards at ATC's biennial conferences. Information on nominating those volunteers is provided to club leaders prior to those meetings.
Each month, the ATC features an A.T. volunteer
on our website and our e-newsletters. the intent is to showcase the wide variety of work done by hard-working volunteers on and for the Appalachian Trail. There is no need for nominees to have completed a certain number of hours or years or service. Nominations may be made using the Recognize a Volunteer form
, or by email to [email protected]