Talbot Islands State Parks Leave No Trace Hot Spot Weekend -Jacksonville, FL

Event type: 
Awareness Workshops
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 12:00pm to Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:00pm
Event Street Address: 
Talbot Islands State Park 12157 Heckscher Drive

<p>The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be providing multiple events during their stay at Little Talbot Islands State Park, including a celebration of National Trails Day!</p>
<p>The following events are open to the public:</p>
<p><strong>Friday June 6th</strong>: &nbsp;10am-12pm- Awareness Workshop for staff, volunteers, and public: &nbsp;Learn ways to teach Leave No Trace to others. &nbsp;Ribault Clubhouse at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Rd East, Jacksonville, FL 32226.</p>
<p><strong>Saturday June 7th</strong>: &nbsp;National Trails Day: &nbsp;Come volunteer at the park for the North Beach Cleanup. &nbsp;Starts at 9am. &nbsp;Big Talbot Island State Park</p>
<p><strong>Saturday Evening Program</strong>: &nbsp;Campfire Talk: &nbsp;Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an evening program at the park&#39;s campground. &nbsp;For overnight campers only. &nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Sunday June 8th</strong>: &nbsp;Family Hike: &nbsp;10 am at Dune Ridge Traihead. &nbsp;The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and a local park ranger will lead a 4-mile hike through the park. &nbsp; The hike will take 1.5-2 hours, so bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and snacks.&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Sunday June 8th</strong>: &nbsp;North Beach Outreach at 1pm: &nbsp;Come by North Beach to chat with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers about ways to protect the places you play around the park. &nbsp;(Dune Ridge Trailhead and North Beach are located in Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Hecksher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226</p>
<p>What is a Leave No Trace Hot Spot?<br />
Many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use &ndash; we&rsquo;re literally loving the land to death. The reason is usually not malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife; rather it&rsquo;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 &ndash; the list goes on and on. We call these areas Hot Spots &ndash;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.</p>

Host Contact Name: 
Peter Maholland