Harpers Ferry, WV (June 25, 2014) – Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) for the educational program “Wildlife on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)” on Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at the ATC Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, WV. Last year’s event gave participants a chance to interact with a skunk, owl, turtle, and snake, and this year participants may see animals such as a fox, raptor, possum, and more. This event is free and open to the public, and children must be accompanied by an adult supervisor.
The 45-minute program will feature animals found along the 14 states that the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) passes through. A representative of the BRWC will discuss the history of these animals, as well as their anatomical functions and features of adaptation in the environment. This is a combined effort of the ATC and the BRWC to provide participants with a learning opportunity about wildlife conservation and how human interaction affects these creatures.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s collaboration with the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center introduces members of the community to wildlife commonly seen along the Appalachian Trail,” said Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications. “The opportunity to form a personal connection with these animals gives participants a chance to learn how to respect wildlife.”
After the program, there will be a “prize-punch” carnival game, which gives kids a chance to win a goody bag of A.T. animal-themed snacks. There will also be an opportunity to take a photo with the ATC’s special friend, Crumbsnatcher the shelter mouse.
“Wildlife on the A.T.” Demonstration
Date: Saturday, July 26
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV
For more information about the event, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
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]