Harpers Ferry, WV (March 20, 2013) - The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will host a variety of events this year at the ATC Visitor Center at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The events will promote awareness of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and foster community involvement and stewardship of the Trail. All events are open to the public and are free of charge.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to be able to offer these fun-filled events to the public to provide them an opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and the ATC,” stated Laurie Potteiger, Information Services Manager at the ATC.
This year’s schedule of events includes:
Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Community Art Walk – April 27-28: Visitors to Harpers Ferry will have the opportunity to view artists' work on display at local businesses along Washington Street and High Street during business hours throughout the weekend. The ATC Visitor Center will host photographer Ron Roman, whose A.T. themed photography will be on display. His photograph, “Appalachian Trail Mist,” adorns the cover of “The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail.”
African American History Hike – June 1: Celebrate National Trails Day by going on a guided hike to learn about the rich African American history of Harpers Ferry. This event is in partnership with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Retired National Park Service superintendent, Clark A. Dixon will be a guest speaker and hikes will be led by David Fox, National Park Service ranger. Space is limited for this event. Pre-Registration is required; email Claire Hobbs at [email protected] by May 30th.
National Get Outdoors Day – June 8: Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with the ATC. Get expert information on local hikes in the Jefferson County area and get the chance to meet an A.T. thru-hiker.
Jennifer Pharr Davis Book Signing Event – July 14: Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis and get a personal signed copy of her newest book entitled “Called Again: Love and Triumph on the Appalachian Trail.” Davis has hiked over 11,000 miles of long distance trails, has trekked on six continents and currently holds endurance records on the A.T., Long Trail and Bibbulmun Track.
Family Hiking Day – September 28: The ATC invites people of all ages and hiking abilities to get outside and experience the adventure of being active on the A.T. Visitors will be able to go on self-guided hikes around Harpers Ferry and children will have the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger patch.
Annual Holiday Open House – December 7: Celebrate the holiday season with the ATC! Enjoy homemade refreshments and meet with ATC staff and volunteers. This event is the perfect opportunity to shop for A.T. merchandise for the hiker on your list.
For more information about these events visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
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 please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]