Press Release

The Landing School partners with Appalachian Mountain Club to offer student memberships

ARUNDEL, Maine — The Landing School and the Appalachian Mountain Club are pleased to announce they have entered into a partnership that provides Landing School students with a membership to the renowned club.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.

With the creation of this partnership, Landing School students have the opportunity to participate in AMC activities ranging from cycling Acadia National Park to flyfishing workshops to backpacking excursions. The variety of activities offered by the AMC provides a chance for each student to experience Maine in a way that suits their outdoor interests. The partnership also provides an outlet for students who wish to participate in the conservation efforts that are key to maintaining the beauty of Maine.

“When a student chooses to continue their education they largely select a school that fits their career goals. Because we are a boat building, yacht design and marine systems school in Maine, we attract as many students who are as excited about the school as they are about living in Maine,” said Bob DeColfmacker, President of The Landing School. “This state has so much to offer, from our oceans to the mountains, that this partnership is ideal. For students who hail from the area, it’s a way for them to get even more involved in the outdoor activities and conservation efforts that they love. For those new to the area, it’s a chance to experience Maine with local guides who have a great deal of knowledge to impart.”

The Landing School’s class of 2014 is made up of 81 students from 20 states and three countries. 24 of the 81 students are from Maine. With dozens of trips and workshops planned each month, students can experience Maine from land as well as from the water. The AMC offers many opportunities that involve island exploration, ocean skills, seakayaking and other water-based activities that mesh well with students who will soon become part of the marine industry.

“We are honored that The Landing School has provided its students with memberships in the Appalachian Mountain Club, and we are delighted to welcome these new members to the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization,” said Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Membership Director Teri Morrow. “We encourage them to participate in the wide variety of activities offered by AMC’s Maine Chapter, and to visit our Maine Wilderness Lodges and White Mountain huts, where countless opportunities for outdoor exploration and discovery await.”

Headquartered in Arundel, The Landing School is a full-time post-secondary school that blends education in modern yacht design, boat building and marine systems technology under one roof. Founded in 1978, The School’s inaugural program focused on Wooden Boat Building. Today, the school has grown to incorporate diploma and Associate’s degree curriculums with concentrations in five programs: Wooden Boat Building (Small and Cruising Boats), Composite Boat Building, Marine Systems and Yacht Design. The Landing School’s driving force is to bridge the gap between theory and practice, providing graduates with the skills and understanding necessary for current employment opportunities and future career growth. The Landing School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Landing School is also approved as an institution of higher education by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs. For more information about The School and their programs, please visit