Boiling Springs, PA (April 2, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is looking for volunteers to help at its visitor center in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania from May through October. During this peak hiking season, the visitor center is expected to welcome nearly 6,000 visitors looking for information about the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and the ATC.
Volunteers will be responsible for answering questions and providing information related to the A.T. and the ATC. They will also give directions, share information on local history and offer suggestions for local hikes.
“Volunteers at the Boiling Springs Visitor Center are essential to supporting the large number of visitors seeking information about the Appalachian Trail,” said Kelly McGinley of the ATC. “The Appalachian Trail Conservancy looks forward to working with new and returning volunteers this year.”
Volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of three-hour shifts available on weekends and holidays throughout the summer months. All training will be provided by the ATC.
The Boiling Springs Visitor Center is located on the A.T. overlooking Children's Lake. The center features information on hiking, the A.T., the ATC and local Trail maintaining clubs. Visitors can also purchase guidebooks, maps, A.T. souvenirs and ATC memberships, and a hiker lounge is available for public use.
For more information about volunteering, call 717.258.5771, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.appalachiantrail.org/volunteer.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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]