GO BIG 2017: Leave No Trace evening program, July 15

Oneida, TN (2017-07-10)  Earn points towards your 2017 GO Big patch by joining a ranger for a program introducing the seven principals of the Leave No Trace program on Saturday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m. (ET).  The future of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area depends on all of us working together.  The seven principles help guide land managers, visitors and communities on ways to protect our public lands.  Join us for fun, educational activities and learn some techniques to keep the Big South Fork wild.

The National Park Service (NPS) hosts ranger programs on a variety of topics every Saturday evening starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at the Blue Heron Campground.  The Blue Heron Campground is located in the Kentucky portion of Big South Fork, nine miles west of Stearns off of Highway 742.  This program is free of charge, handicap accessible and all are welcome.

The GO BIG 2017 Challenge is a year-long park-wide event designed to motivate visitors to go out and explore their park.  Participants will earn points by answering questions about the park, becoming a volunteer, taking part in NPS programs and events as well as hiking, biking or paddling in the Big South Fork NRRA.  If you earn 100 points, you will receive a GO BIG 2017 Challenge patch, and awards will be given at the GO BIG 2017 Celebration on December 9.  Download your GO BIG booklet at www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2017-challenge.htm.