Every two years, five of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC) Southern maintenance clubs gather together for workshops, updates on hiking gear and excursions. The event, known as Cullowhee 2013, will be held July 19th through the 26th at Western Carolina University (WCU). More than 1,000 people are expected.
Attendees will learn about hiking, all kinds of spiffy gear, history, and Trail maintenance techniques, as well as have the opportunity to meet new people who are passionate about the Trail and its management.
Volunteers are needed to make Cullowhee 2013 a success.
Our friends at Tennessee-Eastman Hiking and Canoeing-Club posted this information on their Facebook page:
"A slate of 70 workshops have been compiled to run during the day on Saturday and Sunday July 20-21 and on Monday and Tuesday evenings July 22-23.
There are seven tracks: Cultural Heritage, Environmental Issues, Hiking & Backpacking Skills, Natural Wonders, Outreach, Trail Management, and Volunteer Leadership Development.
Volunteers are needed to help with the workshop program in three areas. The most volunteers are needed as "moderators" for the workshops - introduce the speaker, watch the time, call for questions at the end, thank them etc.
This is a good way to get a ringside seat at workshops that interest you, and although the conference program will not be published until spring, we can share the workshop schedule if you'd like to select one or more workshops to moderate.
We also need volunteers to cover a desk in the building where the workshops will be held to assist attendees and presenters. Finally, there will be a workshops desk that will be staffed in the main registration area from the opening day until the last workshop on July 23."
If you are ready, willing and able to lead hikes, register guests, support workshops, distribute information or assist with parking, camping, and reception coordination there's a place for you at Cullowhee 2013.
Volunteer shifts range from four-hour shifts to full-day commitments and are welcome anytime during the week. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt and are invited to attend a special volunteer reception on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Steering Committee Chair Lenny Bernstein put it this way: "Volunteers have always been critical to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's operations, and these events are no different. We need volunteers to make it a success."
Tags: Events, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
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