Campers, boaters and river users are invited to attend a free one-hour workshop that will provide tips and insight to camping on beaches and islands in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge following the Leave No Trace principles. A team of Leave No Trace trainers will lead the workshop which will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, from 5-6 p.m. at the Winona History Center, 160 Johnson Street, Winona.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics selected the refuge for its 2018 Hot Spot Program from over 200 applicants due to increased trash on islands, damaged vegetation and trees, and dispersal of invasive species over recent years. The Hot Spot Program is in its seventh year of raising community awareness and bringing solutions and preventive measures to popular natural areas around the country facing the impacts associated with heavy recreational use.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Its Subaru/Leave No Trace traveling trainers are mobile teams of educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs such as Hot Spots to over 15 million people.
For additional information on the free camping workshop, contact the refuge at 507-454-7351.