‘Leave no trace’ workshops set

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service invites the public to join Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for a free workshop to learn how to help protect natural resources while enjoying the outdoors. The workshop is set for Monday, June 20, from 10 am to noon at Acadia National Park headquarters in Bar Harbor, and repeated on Friday, June 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (Moore Auditorium) in Winter Harbor.

Workshops will be activity-oriented with slideshows, games, and information on the Leave No Trace program. Participants will walk away from the workshop with the tools necessary to teach others how to reduce impacts on favorite outdoor places. Topics include how to cook, clean, camp and interact with wildlife and other visitors in a way that minimizes any negative impacts.

“We are thrilled to work with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to help educate our park staff and raise awareness on how visitors can enjoy Acadia National Park in ways that help protect it for the future,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly, according to a statement. Mobile teams of educators visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs to over 15 million people.

The National Park Service and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics have joined forces to highlight this need by naming Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Center “Hot Spot” for the week of June 20– 27. Hot Spots are areas that have experienced heavy recreational use and visitor-created impacts including excessive trash, damage to vegetation and trees, trail erosion, and disturbance to wildlife.

The Leave No Trace trainers will be in Acadia during the week conducting workshops and raising awareness for the public and park staff.

Other public events include a volunteer work project in the park on Thursday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Trainers will be at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center with a display table on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Talk of the Towns” on WERU Community Radio will also feature a conversation with the trainers on Friday, June 24, 10-11 a.m.

For more information about the Leave No Trace workshops and other events, please contact Charlie Jacobi at 207-288-8727 or [email protected]

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