About the AOC > General Info
Todd Biggs, Dawn Cain, Phil Tuck, Stacia Gessner
Amy Pickwick, Dawnmarie Oyler, Katherine Martin
The Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) was founded in the late Fall of 2000, when Amy Pickwick began
scouring the Web for an outdoor club in the Atlanta area that was for all ages, was close to
the city, and held events of all sorts (hiking, canoeing, biking, etc.) When the Web didn't
seem to offer any answers, Amy decided to use her web development knowledge to form an online
meeting and information place for a club. Today, the club has
approximately 40% male and 60% female, and caters to active adults over 21 years old (the
majority of members are in their 20's or 30's). Most participants are also recent transplants
to Atlanta looking to make a few new outdoor friends. More information available on our statistics
Although many of our members are active-minded singles, the AOC is not a singles club.
Couples are always welcome to join and participate either together or individually.
Since its inception, the AOC has had 2 primary objectives: 1) to help outdoor
enthusiasts share expertise and make new friends through outdoor events, and 2) to educate
outdoor enthusiasts on Georgia and the Southeast and the environment.
The AOC hosts more than 200 events over the course of each year including:
- Outdoor Events - hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, and paddling trips, etc.
- Monthly Social - where members & non-members alike can socialize and interact with officers
and volunteers, hear about upcoming events, ask questions and learn more about the club.
The AOC is 100% volunteer run. Volunteer positions include various aspects of running the club
as well as coordinating events (meet our volunteer team). Outdoor events can be led by any
member, so long as they have some level of expertise in the area and have been active in the
club for a period of time. We attempt to have events suitable for all levels of experience.
Regardless, the AOCís goal is to make all events fun and adventurous, but safe, for all members.
The AOC does not have annual dues or membership fees. Participants only pay for the
events they participate in and the majority of our events are free although member support,
in the form of both time and monetary donations, is solicited to keep the club running.
Funds collected are recycled back into the club for purchases of equipment, maintaining
the website, or supporting an event.
The website is the backbone of the AOC. Individuals can sign up for membership online
in a matter of minutes. They can network with other members, interact with the volunteers,
and register for upcoming events. The lack of overhead required by a physical office permits
the club to continue to offer free memberships.
or Membership Info
pages contain the
answers to the questions we hear most often from those who are signing up for membership.
Any questions for which you cannot easily find the answers online should be sent in
via our online form
or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org