Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Ozark Tours for National Public Lands Day
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Daily from September 28, 2013 until September 29, 2013
Over the past year, the Shawnee National Forest and a variety of interested citizens and civic groups have been working together to reintroduce Trigg’s Trails, Tours and Detours, also known as the Ozark Tours, to southern Illinois. In celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the non-for-profit Friends of the Shawnee National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service – Shawnee National Forest, and a variety of outdoor recreation advocates will again be hosting an Ozark Tour! On Saturday, the group will load into air-conditioned buses for a weekend of recreation, sightseeing and exploration around the Shawnee. The tour will visit many of the sites that Col Trigg visited during the 1930s, including High Knob, the Pounds site, Rim Rock and Garden of the Gods, as well as Cave-in-Rock, the Rose Hotel in Elizabethtown and many other historic and scenic sites. The cost of the weekend tour is $100 and includes three meals (BBQ and all the fixings, a fish fry supper, and a pancake and sausage breakfast). Sign-up early and save- An early bird registration of $85.00 will be accepted through September 6th. Please join us for an Indian Summer weekend of hiking and camping, storytelling under southern skies, sunsets, outstanding mealtime camaraderie, and few experiences you are not likely to have anywhere else -- except on an Ozark Tour! Pre-registration is required for the Ozark Tour, please contact the Friends of the Shawnee National Forest at 618-713-5352 (Susi Vacek) or online. In addition, for those wanting to volunteer for NPLD, there will be other out-of-door activities on the Forest, including trail work in the Panther Den Wilderness, invasive species mapping, an educational aquatic adventure program and litter removal at Garden of the Gods. The Shawnee is also offering free camping at the Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek in honor of National Public Lands Day. Please note that concessionaire operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver. Pre-registration is also required for all service projects and can be done so by contacting the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District office at 618-833-8576. Participants under the age of 18 signing up for service work will require parental consent, and participants under the age of 16 will also need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer work will kick off at the hands-on projects at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m.Return to event list.
NPLD is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands and is a part of the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Public Lands Every Day Program, which encourages Americans to enjoy, protect and maintain public lands through public engagement, professional development and partnerships. For more information on NPLD, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org.
To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee and follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/shawneenf. National information about the U.S. Forest Service can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/.
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