Spots still available for GO! Workshop in Roan Mountain

Published 6:08 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tennessee State Park is offering an initiative to promote the love of environment for young women across the state.
Roan Mountain State Park will be one of the host sites for a Girls Outdoor (GO!) Workshop Saturday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 1. All activities of the camp will be held at the park.
GO! Workshops are geared toward girls ages 12 to 15 years old and provide an “authentic experience” in the outdoors, according to Tennessee State Parks. Campers will participate in a multitude of projects, including a  wilderness safety lesson, camping, a creek stomp, archery, astronomy, nature hikes and a stewardship project. This year mark’s the first time Roan Mountain has hosted a GO! Workshop.
“I think that this event could be extremely influential in the lives of girls from our community,” Roan Mountain State Park Ranger Meg Guy recently told the Elizabethton Star. “Much is said about increasing the numbers of women in the scientific fields, and I believe that this workshop could encourage young women to explore conservation and outdoor fields.”
Guy added female park rangers, EMTs, park managers, TWRA officers, TDEC biologists, Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and outdoor professionals, astronomers and others will be in the lineup for the workshop.
Interested campers have until Monday, Sept. 25 to sign-up for the camp. Registration is $35 per person and includes all meals during the workshop.
For more information about the workshop, email Guy ( and Katie Wisniewski ( with Tennessee State Parks.
Tennessee State Parks also has a special event coming up for the ale aficionados.
RMSP Manager J.R. Tinch recently told the Elizabethton Star the park will be hosting a celebration Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the park’s conference center for the Tennessee State Parks’ new blonde ale beer. Different celebrations will be held at parks across the state as Tennessee Brew Works will offer on-site sampling of the product. A portion of proceeds from the beer will benefit the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy. During the evening, Bob’s Dairyland will also be selling food.
To learn more about the different events happening at the park, visit the Roan Mountain State Park Facebook page.

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