'Come Out of Your Shell' with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on National Trails Day

Date Published: May 29, 2014

Boiling Springs, PA (May 29, 2014) – In honor of National Trails Day, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites you to the family friendly, turtle-themed “Come Out of Your Shell” event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Information Center at 4 E 1st St. in Boiling Springs, PA. All activities are free and open to the public.

Children can enjoy a giant turtle tunnel, as well as plenty of turtle games and activities, including Tic-Tac-Turtle, Box Turtle Bingo, Painted Turtle Puzzles, a turtle craft and a Turtle Habitat Coloring Page. The Lancaster Herpetological Society will also be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with several turtles for a hands-on, interactive presentation, and there will even be a visit from the ATC’s costumed turtle friend, Shelly, before the event concludes at 3 p.m.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is happy to offer such an exciting lineup of events to engage families and youth on National Trails Day,” said Karen Lutz, regional director for the ATC. “As a celebration of American’s trail system, National Trails Day is a great time to remember the importance of recreation in the natural world.” 

In addition to the “Come Out of Your Shell” activities, the Boiling Springs A.T. Information Center will be open throughout the day and A.T. Clubs and local conservation organizations will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Event overview:
“Come Out of Your Shell” at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a presentation by the Lancaster Herpetological Society from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: A.T. Information Center, 4 E 1st St., Boiling Springs, PA

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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
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

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