St. Andrews State Park Hot Spot Weekend- Panama City, FL

Event type: 
Awareness Workshops
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:15am to Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 8:15pm
Event Street Address: 
St. Andrew's State Park 4607 State Park Lane
Panama City


St. Andrew's State Park in Panama City, FL has been selected as a 2014 Leave No Trace Hot Spot!  


What is a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use – we’re literally loving the land to death. The reason is usually not malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife; rather it’s simply a lack of knowledge or skills. The end result, however, is usually the same: Litter, invasive species, habituated wildlife, dog waste, trail and campsite erosion, water sources polluted with human wastes, names carved in trees, filthy campfire rings, cigarette butts along a trail, damaged cultural and historic sites, pets chasing wildlife – the list goes on and on. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot Spots across the nation, we rapidly move toward recovering and protecting the places we cherish for future generations.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers travel throughout the country providing public education about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors. They will work with key St. Andrews park staff, volunteers, and the general public to implement Leave No Trace programs at St. Andrews State Park. The following is a list of events happening at the park that are open to the public:

Friday July 11: Volunteer Training-9am-11am. This awareness workshop will introduce the seven Leave No Trace principles, with a focus on teaching Leave No Trace to youth.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Friday July 11. Campfire Program-7 pm.  Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for a fun evening of Leave No Trace games and activities around the campfire. Come enjoy s’mores and more at the new amphitheater in the campground. 

Saturday July 12: Beach Clean-up 8am- 12pm. Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and the Florida Trail Association to clean up Shell Beach and the harbor surrounding the beach.

Sunday July 13: Community Ride- 8am-10am- Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for a bike ride around the park while learning a little Leave No Trace along the way.  Meet at the boat basin area by the camp store. The bike ride is ideal for families. 



Host Contact Name: 
Melissa Shoemaker