CELEBRATE PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL BACKPACKING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

CELEBRATE PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL BACKPACKING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

With the celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, a unique opportunity for a backpacking trip into Joshua Tree National Park is being offered this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gets out his 30-pound backpack…
California’s desert communities are celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and highlighting the region’s protected public lands with free events through November. On Saturday, October 15th the public is invited to celebrate the centennial on an overnight backpacking trip in Joshua Tree National Park. Learn backpacking basics like safety and logistical planning, as well as the history, culture and nature so abundant in this National Park. Hike between three and five miles each day over rough terrain with a 30-pound pack, then camp under the star-studded, pristine night sky. Along the way you’ll see wildlife, interesting desert plants and geologic formations. Also learn about federally-designated wilderness areas and efforts to protect our national parks for the next 100 years. The trip is free, but you must register by contacting Seth Shteir of the National Parks Conservation Association at 760-332-9776.

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