Leave No Trace™ Workshop Offered to Teach People How to Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly

Date Published: Aug 15, 2012

Boiling Springs, PA (August 15, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Kings Gap State Park, and Pine Grove State Park will co-host a Bigfoot Boot Camp workshop on September 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center at Kings Gap State Park in Pennsylvania. At 3 p.m. participants are encouraged to travel to nearby Pine Grove Furnace State Park to meet with trail maintainers from local Appalachian Trail (A.T.) clubs at the Appalachian Trail Museum, check out their equipment, and learn about ways to volunteer along the A.T. A short hike along the A.T. will follow the demonstration, concluding around 5 p.m.

Entitled Bigfoot Boot Camp, the workshop will teach children, families and youth groups how to minimize their impact on the ecosystem while spending time outdoors. Participants will be asked to take the Bigfoot Challenge, aimed to encourage acts of environmental activism and Leave No Trace™ principles. Attendees will also be educated on techniques to responsibly enjoy the outdoors in order to ensure the long-term health of the environment.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to team up with some of Pennsylvania’s best state parks to promote the Leave No Trace™ principles”, said Mark Wenger, Executive Director and CEO of the ATC. “The lessons learned will help protect natural resources, like the Appalachian Trail, for years to come.”

 The Bigfoot Boot Camp is part of the South Mountain Outdoors Festival in south central Pennsylvania. South Mountain Outdoors 2012 includes events tied together through a Passport that highlights weekend-long happenings. Passports can be picked up at participating locations prior to the festival, during the festival, or printed from the South Mountain Outdoors 2012 website at any time. Participants move from one venue to the next, enteringeach site specific code into their Passport. Passports then can be left at participating locations at the completion of one’s enjoyment of South Mountain Outdoors to be eligible for a random drawing of prizes.

Event Overview
Bigfoot Boot Camp Workshop
Date & Time: September 2,2012 at 1 p.m.
Location: Kings Gap Environmental Education Center - 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle, PA

A.T. Trail Maintainer Demonstration and Guided Hike
Date & Time: September 2,2012 from 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: Appalachian Trail Museum - 1120 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA

For more information about this event visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.

About South Mountain Outdoors
South Mountain Outdoors is anevent of the South Mountain Partnership as part of Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Conservation Landscape Initiative—an effort to engage communities, local partners, state agencies and funding opportunities to conserve the region's high-quality natural and cultural resources while enhancing its economic viability. The 40,000-acre South Mountain region is at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information about the South Mountain Outdoors 2012 festival visit http://southmountainoutdoors.blogspot.com

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 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 x117
Fax: 304.535.2267
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

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