Since its foundation in 1931 An Óige hostels have been providing access for young and not so young people to both the town and countryside environments of Ireland. The An Óige Conservation group is a group of An Óige volunteer members dedicated to promoting a deeper appreciation of our natural and built environment. The group achieves this through the promotion and support of environmentally sustainable policies and practices within the the hostelling association and by providing practical opportunities for members to engage in nature conservation works and learning. Activities are also organised for the appreciation of our cultural and built environment.
A major achievment of the conservation group has been the organisation and support of the introduction of waste recycling systems at many of our hostels, with several achieving a recognised eco accreditation.