Harpers Ferry, WV (June 29, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will host Junior Ranger Day, an event that aims to connect families with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), on July 21, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Center at 799 Washington Street in Harpers Ferry, WV. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is designed to get families outside and active while learning about the A.T. near Harpers Ferry. Participants will visit the ATC's Visitor Center to pick up an Adventure Guide packet, a guide developed by the National Park Service and the ATC, to complete while hiking the Trail. Hikers will learn about the history of the A.T., Trail maintenance, hike planning and the ATC's role in managing the Trail.
“The beauty of programs like Junior Ranger Day, is that we are able to introduce children, teenagers and families to the Appalachian Trail while learning the history in Harpers Ferry,” said Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
After exploring the A.T., participants will receive a badge and certificate of completion, and have the opportunity to have their picture taken outside the Visitor Center.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, ranging from Maine to Georgia, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours each year on Trail-related work and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the A.T.
For more information about this event, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: (304) 535-2200 ext. 117
Email: [email protected]