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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008

TRAILS FOR PHILANTHROPY AND OUTDOOR RECREATION – HEIFER RANCH AND PETIT JEAN STATE PARK

The Global Village Trail teaches environmentally sound, sustainable methods for fighting hunger and poverty.

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Mobile workshop at the National Trails Symposium

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 (includes box lunch)

Heifer International's goal is to abate poverty and world hunger by working with families and communities on five continents stressing agroecology, animal well-being, gender equity, HIV/AIDS education, microenterprise, urban agriculture, and young people's initiatives.

This mobile workshop will visit Heifer Ranch where the organization provides group educational programs highlighting these initiatives. Participants will experience first-hand how Heifer uses the Global Village Trail to familiarize visitors with environmentally sound, sustainable methods for fighting hunger and poverty. The Trail includes an organic garden and demonstrations of small-scale farming with cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, bees and fish. Participants will eat lunch at the Ranch. Learn more about Heifer International and Heifer Ranch at www.heifer.org.

After lunch, the workshop will travel to Petit Jean State Park atop Petit Jean Mountain overlooking the Arkansas River. The Park's 20-mile interconnecting trail system is a huge draw for visitors. From 1933 to 1938 the Park was home to Company 1781 of the Civilian Conservation Corps who built many of the roads, bridges, buildings, and trails still in use today.

Leader: Steve Weston, Arkansas’ Safe Routes To School Coordinator, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

Workshop Leaders Bio:
The workshop will be led by Steve Weston, a seven-year veteran with Arkansas State Parks and a sixteen-year veteran with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department where he served as the state's first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator and managed National Recreational Trails Program funds. He is currently Arkansas' Safe Routes To School coordinator. Steve will rely heavily on local expertise at Heifer Ranch and Petit Jean State Park during the outing.

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