PANAMA CITY, FL-- Northwest Florida is known for our incredible beaches where visitors and residents alike come to enjoy the crystal blue water and sugary white sand. Keeping our beaches clean, and preserving them, is a responsibility we all share.
Tracy Howard joined us Thursday morning telling us about a special weekend long community clean up and education event that will happen at St. Andrews State Park July 11-July 13.
Leave No Trace recently designated Florida's St. Andrews State Park as one of the nation's eight 'hot spots' in the U.S. this year as part of the nonprofit organization's campaign to address and help public lands that are facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage.
The weekend long event conducted by the Subaru/Leave No Trace traveling trainers will help communities raise awareness and take action using Leave No Trace principles.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace traveling trainers travel aorund 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.
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.