The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.
At Art Plus Studio, experienced instructors teach BYOB art classes in a relaxed and fun environment. Sessions focus on various crafts, such as drawing live models, fashioning colorful clocks, painting wine-glasses, or painting still-life scenes on 11"x14" canvases. The classes are geared toward apprentices and require no previous experience—just a bottle of wine, your favorite snacks, and good friends or whoever was available.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Mix Vocal Technique and Faber Piano Method
Pro Tip: Learn the #1 vocal technique of the stars or play the piano in just one lesson .
Winners of back-to-back conference championships, the Yale men's hockey team earned NCAA tournament appearances during the past two seasons, and is off to one of its best ever starts this season that includes a No. 1 national ranking. Rattle the bleachers with feet twitching in excitement as coach Keith Allain leads a Bulldogs charge against the Holy Cross Crusaders on January 2. Alternately, marvel at the scoring prowess of senior forwards Broc Little and Chris Cahill as they take on the Colgate Crusaders in the season's penultimate game on February 25. Whichever game is attended, fans will leave the rink with their heads buzzing and dreams filled with fleets of obedient zambonis.
The Yale Symphony Orchestra sets on stage Yale's finest undergraduate talent, rendering classic works and debuting new music. Its alumni have garnered worldwide renown, giving audiences the chance to experience soon-to-be hottest new virtuosos on the music scene. Music director Maestro Toshiyuki Shimada has studied with several noted conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, and collaborated with distinguished artists, such as Itzhak Perlman and Evelyn Glennie.
Performed by the Ireland-based Druid Theatre Company and directed by Tony Award–winning artistic director Garry Hynes, this production of The Cripple of Inishmaan has won nine major international awards and countless local fist-pumps for its laugh-infecting depiction of rural Ireland's reaction to Hollywood. Scribed by Academy Award–winning playwright Martin McDonagh, the story portrays a crippled Irishman as he tries to audition for a Hollywood movie being filmed near his hometown. The 2.5-hour comedic spectacle has been acclaimed by such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times as one of the best things to hit theater-going eyeballs since hands-free monocles.