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Workshop on Using GPS Technology in Acadia

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Date: May 4, 2009
Contact: Michael Marion, 207-288-8823

Acadia National Park Education Staff will be offering a free three-hour field workshop on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) units at Acadia National Park’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center on Tuesday, May 12, from 3–6 p.m. and again on Thursday, May 14, from 3–6 p.m. GPS units will be available for use during the workshop. Pre-registration is required by Monday, May 11.

The hands-on learning opportunity will provide background information on the technology of GPS systems, allow participants to become familiar with the operation of a GPSunit, and offer a GPS-based “scavenger hunt” to search for various park features. The workshop will include discussion of the educational potential of GPS technology, as well as presentation of examples of its use by NPS employees and researchers in the management of natural and cultural resources in national parks. The workshop will provide participants with the experience they would need to be able to successfully complete the Acadia EarthCache program, a separate self-guided activity which encourages visitors to learn about the park’s geology with the aid of their GPS units. Although the  workshop is primarily designed for formal or informal educators, the general public is invited to participate on a space-available basis.

For more information about the workshop or to register, contact Lead Education Ranger Michael Marion at 288-8823 or via e-mail.

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.