To continue from the success of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, rangers at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park are intent on keeping the momentum of such an exciting year through their programming called “Learn Your Park” as part of the National Parks 101 series.
“National Parks 101 will continue that excitement by providing park neighbors and visitors additional powerful and diverse hands-on opportunities to become Dream Rangers and fully immerse themselves in exploring the mysteries of nature, uncovering centuries of hidden history or learning a mountain culture pioneer skill,” said CGNHP Ranger Carol Borneman.
Dream Rangers is a way for visitors of all ages to attend events, learn something new and gather ‘credits’ which will give them access to future field trips to other area parks such as Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area located in Kentucky and Tennessee, Obed Scenic Riverways located in Tennessee and heritage sites along the route of the Wilderness Road in Virginia.
This weekend is the upcoming “Surviving the March” on March 11 and 12. In this living story of wilderness survival, visitors will meet 1775 pioneer Steve Ricker in his 18th century encampment and meet modern day hiker and park volunteer Jan Brown as she prepares to hike the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Future events also include topics such as hiking, dancing, natural medicines and photography, to name a few. More information on these can be found at www.nps.gov/cuga under the Schedule of Events tab.
The events are not only being planned by employees of CGNHP, but they have teamed up with American Conservation Experience college interns Nicholas Fitzsimons and Andrew Christopher.
“Visitors come from throughout the world to explore this very special place. To have a national park in one’s backyard is priceless. To be able to participate in such an array of programs is priceless,” said CGNHP Ranger Pam Eddy.
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