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July 3, 2014

Head to WMNF for free programs

GORHAM — National forest visitors and residents alike are invited to enjoy free programs each Wednesday and Saturday evening this summer.

White Mountain National Forest Androscoggin Ranger District, in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club and White Mountains Interpretive Association, will host new opportunities to learn about the natural world, investigate current and historical events, discuss National Forest management, and celebrate the Wilderness Act.

The Wednesday Night with a Ranger series will be held at the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at 8 p.m.

The Dolly Copp Campground series will be at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps visitor center inside the campground on Saturday evenings, with most programs starting at 7 p.m.

Special guests from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will kick off the series with “Creatures of the Night: A Live Animal Encounter” on July 5. These one-hour programs will include time for conversation about the evening’s topic or any other National Forest issue.

“Sled Dogs,” “Prehistoric Stone Tool Making,” and “Skins and Skulls of White Mountain Mammals” are just a few of the upcoming family-friendly topics.

There will also be opportunities to learn about current issues impacting the forest, such as black bears, Eastern coyotes, and white nose bat syndrome.

Programs are made possible by the White Mountains Interpretive Association. Visit wmiaofnh.org for a forest-wide list of programs or to learn about membership opportunities. For more information about these programs or other related topics, visit fs.usda.gov/whitemountain, or call 466-2713.

American Sign Language interpreters and assistive listening device can be available through prior arrangement.

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