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Want to know more about conservation?

Matthew Lane • Mar 7, 2018 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Are you interested in conservation? Would you like to learn how you can help improve and protect the environment?

In case you do, Bays Mountain Park is hosting a special presentation Saturday with local conservationist John Simcox. Simcox, a native of Kingsport, will present “The Conservationist in Appalachia” in the Discovery Theater beginning at 11 a.m.

The event will include a short Q&A, and a Bays Mountain Park naturalist will discuss internship opportunities available at the park.

Simcox, a conservationist by trade, will talk about careers in conservation, ways to get involved and conservation in general.

After the presentation, you’re welcome to join John and Bays Mountain Park staff on a conservation project that will get your hands dirty: the cleanup of Laurel Run Trail. It will take place beginning at 1 p.m. at Laurel Run Park. You can meet at the shelter near the Laurel Run Trail.

“Both sessions are great for high school students to receive volunteer hours either for school or scholarships,” said Megan Krager, senior naturalist at the park. “We are excited to have John use his expertise to help us spread conservation knowledge in our area.”

The cleanup is an outdoor effort, and participants should dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. You’re also encouraged to wear work gloves. The presentation will take place rain or shine, but the cleanup will be dependent on the weather.

The cost for the presentation is $3 per person, but is free for Bays Mountain Park members. In addition to the program fee, there’s a $5 gate fee, per car, to enter Bays Mountain Park.

For more information, visit baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.

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