Outdoor Edutainment, LLC is a small, two-person company based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC. Mark Hanf, our founder, is a middle school math and science teacher, eagle scout, and game designer whose home sits just over a mile from the A.T. in Madison County, NC. Kristin Peppel brings a background in conservation planning, trail community development, and environmental education. Kristin worked closely with the ATC to design the current A.T. Community Program and has spent countless hours hiking on the A.T.
The Appalachian Trail Game was born on one of Mark's regular hikes between Max Patch and Hot Springs, NC after passing by Walnut Mountain shelter. It had been completely trashed, and after cleaning up the site and packing up the trash, he began envisioning a fun and engaging way to teach people about responsible trail ethics. Mark transformed his idea into a board game, and two years later, thanks to a small grant awarded through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC) License Plate grant program, we were able to develop the prototype game.