The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru Traveling Trainer team are partnering with ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), and other regional organizations to host community programs and education activities from August 7 to 14.
Part of the Leave No Trace In Every Park initiative, the Hot Spot seeks to raise community awareness about recreational use issues in the Eastern High Peaks, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste, and negative human/wildlife interactions.
ADK nominated its Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness as a Hot Spot for 2019, which was selected as one of 19 finalists, out of a pool of over 100 applicant locations.
During the eight-day program, there will be opportunities to speak with ADK volunteers at trailheads about Leave No Trace specific information, to participate in workshops about Leave No Trace practices, and to engage with other programs that will educate visitors about how they can help preserve the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness going forward. The list of workshops and events include:
Leave No Trace Information Tables: 9 am to pm, High Peaks Information Center (Lake Placid)
Leave No Trace Public Hike to Mt. Jo: 9 am, Adirondak Loj Information Kiosk
Heart Lake Nature Museum: 9 am to 5 pm, Heart Lake Program Center
One Time Events:
Community Service Day: August 8th, 9 am to 3 pm, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Sports Complex
Live Q & A with Traveling Trainers: August 8th, 7 to 9 pm, Adirondack Backcountry Hikers Facebook Group
Social Media Rendezvous: August 9th, 3 to 9 pm, ADK Education Yurt Village
What Would Bigfoot Do?: August 10th, 8 pm, Adirondak Loj amphitheater
Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop: August 12th, 9 am to 3 pm, ADK Education Yurt Village
Leave No Trace Backyard Session: August 13th, 5 to 9 pm, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
For more details about each event and to register, visit ADK’s website or contact them at (518) 523-3441.