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Partners Snake Avoidance is On A Mission to Keep Your Dog Safe in The Desert

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. -- Partners Snake Avoidance has trained over 17,000 dogs to avoid the scent and sound of a Rattlesnake. This protects the dogs and their owners from the deadly venom of a rattlesnake. A Rattlesnake bite can cost several thousand dollars to treat and may prove deadly. Partners Snake Avoidance recommends every dog to have this type of training if they are going to be in a desert environment and especially if they are curious or active in nature.

Partners Snake Avoidance wants to keep you and your dog safe in our wonderful desert environment. As the weather warms up and the creepy crawlers are more pronounced the risk of a snake bite dramatically increases.

Treatment of a Rattlesnake bite can cost thousands of dollars in anti-venom and could still prove to be deadly. Not to mention the emotional cost of a traumatic experience. The alternative is to take your dog to Partners Snake Avoidance in Cave Creek, Arizona and undergo just 15 minutes of training in order to create a negative association with the scent and sound of a rattlesnake.

The methods used by Partners Snake Avoidance are incredibly safe for both the dog in training as well as the rattlesnake. Upon arriving, your dog is fitted with the training equipment and taken out onto the course in a real desert environment. Partners Snake Avoidance's instructors and handlers walk your dog up to double-mesh wire cages and once your dog shows curiosity to the scent or sound of the rattlesnake a small stim from an E-Collar is applied. This gives the dog a negative association with that scent or sound and a flight response is created.

While training is not guaranteed as many variables in the wild can affect results, they have 100s of 5-star reviews that speak to the efficacy of training.

In an interview, one client, Jon Hegreness, said: "Through the years I have taken three dogs to this location for Snake-proofing. I spend a lot of time in the desert with my dogs and can attest to the training being effective. All three of the dogs I put through their program had times they encountered snakes and none of the dogs wanted anything to do with them. The side effect of their avoidance was also to alert me to the snake's presence near our trail. Having watched a neighbor's dog go through the pain and treatment of a bite, and see the financial pain that caused the neighbor, it is a good idea to give these guys a go."

Partners Snake Avoidance is starting this year's training on February 22, 2020 but the first few sessions are already booked out. Costing only $100 and less than 15 minutes of time, this training is a no-brainer for any dog in the desert.

You can book your dog's session in minutes using their online scheduler HERE: http://partnersdogs.com/snake-avoidance/#signup

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Partners Snake Avoidance
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480.595.6700

4640 E Forest Pleasant Pl.
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331
https://partnersdogs.com/

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First 20-degree Baby Sleeping Bags Hit Store Shelves in REI Exclusive

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Morrison Outdoors, just 7 months removed from their launch campaign on Kickstarter, have brought their line of Little Mo Baby Sleeping Bags to over 60 REI locations across the U.S.

Available in 20-degree (F) and 40-degree (F) temperature ratings, the Little Mo Baby Sleeping Bags are designed to comfortably fit infants from 6 months up to 24 months old. Having no hood or drawstrings, these sleeping bags meet all AAP Guidelines for SAFE Infant Sleep, and both models weigh less than 1 pound each for use in backpacking.

Tavis Malcolm, founder of Morrison Outdoors, explains: "It made no sense to me that we should be sleeping in cozy down sleeping bags when we went camping while our baby was wrapped up in layers of clothes and blankets. We wanted to make something for our baby to sleep in that was warm, comfortable, and safe to use. Now we hope our Baby Sleeping Bags can help parents have at least one less thing to worry about."

For full details and in-store locations, check out the Little Mo 20 and Little Mo 40, both at https://www.rei.com/b/morrison-outdoors.

About Morrison Outdoors:

Morrison Outdoors was born from a desire to make camping with a baby just a little bit easier. Their patent-pending Little Mo Baby Sleeping Bag is the first 20-degree sleeping bag designed to meet all AAP Guidelines for SAFE Infant Sleep.

Tavis Malcolm, an Eagle Scout, designed their line of Baby Sleeping Bags with his wife, Amber Malcolm, a registered nurse with pediatric experience. Using techniques he learned online and a 1970s-era sewing machine that Amber had found being given away for free, Malcolm turned their unheated Denver-area garage into a makeshift sewing studio in order to develop their patent-pending design.

For more information, please visit Morrison Outdoor's website: https://www.morrisonoutdoors.com/.

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Galileo Camps Coming to South Irvine CA Summer 2019

IRVINE, Calif. -- Galileo Camps (Galileo Learning, LLC), one of the most renowned summer day camp providers in the country, will be continuing to put down community roots in Irvine this summer, this time at Alderwood Elementary School on June 17, 2019.

Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. This work is more important today than ever before. There are two primary programs-Camp Galileo (preK-5th grade) and Galileo Summer Quest (5th-8th grade). In a whimsical, one-of-a-kind, joyful summer setting, kids and staff learn what it means to be a true innovator. Through imaginative themes and majors, they learn to apply a comprehensive yet straightforward framework called The Galileo Innovation Approach(R), which has been proven by a Stanford study to have lasting impact.

Founded by CEO Glen Tripp in the Bay Area in 2002, Galileo first expanded to Southern California in 2015. After three years in the region, SoCal camps have grown to serve 26 communities.

"As a SoCal native and parent, it has been so fulfilling to bring Galileo magic to the families who are closest to my heart. This program really does teach kids how to be hopeful, bold-thinking changemakers at a time when the world needs it most," says Sarah McDonald, VP of Southern California Operations.

More information: https://galileo-camps.com/our-camps/locations/cg-irvine-alderwood-elementary/

About Galileo:

Galileo operates 100+ summer camps throughout California and Illinois where more than 35,000 kids and over 2,500 staff will invent, design, create and play in summer 2019. Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. Founded in 2002 by Glen Tripp, Galileo is a certified B Corp, a Real Leaders' 2019 Top Impact Company, and was also named one of Forbes' Best Small Companies in 2017. Learn more at: https://galileo-camps.com/

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Galileo Camps Coming to Arcadia, California Summer 2019

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Galileo Camps (Galileo Learning, LLC), one of the most renowned summer day camp providers in the country, will be putting down community roots this summer at Barnhart School on June 17, 2019.

Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. This work is more important today than ever before. There are two primary programs-Camp Galileo (preK-5th grade) and Galileo Summer Quest (5th-8th grade). In a whimsical, one-of-a-kind, joyful summer setting, kids and staff learn what it means to be a true innovator.

Through imaginative themes and majors, they learn to apply a comprehensive yet straightforward framework called The Galileo Innovation Approach(R), which has been proven by a Stanford study to have lasting impact.

Founded by CEO Glen Tripp in the Bay Area in 2002, Galileo first expanded to Southern California in 2015. After three years in the region, SoCal camps have grown to serve 26 communities. "As a SoCal native and parent, it has been so fulfilling to bring Galileo magic to the families who are closest to my heart.

"This program really does teach kids how to be hopeful, bold-thinking changemakers at a time when the world needs it most," says Sarah McDonald, VP of Southern California Operations.

Learn more at: https://galileo-camps.com/our-camps/locations/cg-arcadia-barnhart-school/

About Galileo:
Galileo operates 100+ summer camps throughout California and Illinois where more than 35,000 kids and over 2,500 staff will invent, design, create and play in summer 2019. Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. Founded in 2002 by Glen Tripp, Galileo is a certified B Corp, a Real Leaders' 2019 Top Impact Company, and was also named one of Forbes' Best Small Companies in 2017. Learn more at: https://galileo-camps.com/

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Brainy Camps Association Launches ‘Be Gluten Free Family Camp’ for Youth with Celiac Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Brainy Camps Association, which provides camps for children with chronic health conditions, announced that it will be launching a family camp for youth with celiac disease in summer 2019. Adding to its consortium of 12 condition-specific camps, Be Gluten Free Family Camp, or BG Free for short, was founded in conjunction with the Gastroenterology Department of Children's National Health System.

Registration has officially opened for the 3-day, 2-night program, as well as for Brainy Camps' other summer programs. The camp is scheduled to run July 12 to July 14, 2019.

BG Free will provide opportunities for children and their families to learn about celiac disease in an environment that is supportive, safe, fun, and of course, gluten-free. Brainy Camps, which works in partnership with departments at Children's National, is a subsidiary of the Washington D.C.-based pediatric hospital.

"Camp Be Gluten-Free represents an opportunity for kids with celiac disease and their families to build a support system by connecting with other children and families living a gluten-free lifestyle," said Vanessa Weisbrod, gluten-free diet education director at Children's National. "We plan to offer activities to benefit the entire family, including cooking classes, support groups and social outlets like bonfires with gluten-free s'mores and a family talent show. We hope to build camaraderie and a truly celiac strong community."

Susan Mehlman, assistant director of Brainy Camps, said: "Brainy Camps is excited to add a thirteenth camp to our consortium of medically managed, residential camps serving children with chronic health conditions. Be Gluten Free Family Camp will allow kids to meet others like themselves and their families to gain support from one another as they learn about the condition from experts in the field. We welcome the gastroenterology team from Children's National as they guide the families through their first summer with Brainy Camps."

The campsite is located in Saint George, Va.

About Brainy Camps:

Brainy Camps Association, a 501(c)(3) charity and subsidiary of Children's National Health System, is a consortium of residential and family camps, retreats and services for children with chronic health conditions. With the help of over 150 volunteers, the organization serves more than 500 children each year. Brainy Camps' mission is to help youth with chronic health conditions live well and reach their potential.

Through week-long condition-specific camps and support and leadership programs, Brainy Camps offers children the opportunity to meet peers, mentors and counselors with the same conditions and to learn skills in medical self-management. Since its founding in 1994, Brainy Camps has expanded to host condition-specific camps for children with a range of health conditions, including neurofibromatosis, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, heart disease, Down syndrome, hemiplegic/diplegic cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, high functioning autism spectrum disorder, celiac disease, Tourette syndrome and childhood obesity, as well as a program for youth transitioning to adulthood.

To learn more about Brainy Camps visit: https://www.brainycamps.com/.

Twitter: @BrainyCamps @childrenshealth

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Brainy Camps Association Announces Race for Every Child Team to Support Programs for Children with Chronic Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Brainy Camps Association, which provides camps for children with chronic health conditions, has announced its participation in the Race for Every Child fundraiser in Washington, D.C. The annual event, scheduled for Oct. 20, 2018, is sponsored by Children's National Health System and helps to raise funds for the pediatric hospital's many departments and causes.

Brainy Camps, a subsidiary of Children's National, has participated in the fundraiser for the past two years. The non-profit organization successfully raised more than $17,000 through the fundraiser last year and has set its goal at $25,000 this year. Donations made to the Brainy Camps Team will support camper scholarships, programming and future growth.

A schedule for the day's events includes pre-race activities, a 5K walk/run and a 100-yard kids dash. The event will be held at Freedom Plaza, several blocks from the White House.

"The Race For Every Child follows on the heels of our camp season, making it the first fundraiser of the new camp year," said Susan Mehlman, assistant director of Brainy Camps. "Many of our counselors and camp families join us at the event, making it a mini reunion for all those who are already counting down the days to next summer's camp.

"It is a fun way for us to raise money for camper scholarships while allowing us to spend quality time with our Brainy Camps friends, families and supporters. And for all those who give-big and small - it is a wonderful way of showing how important the camps are in the lives of the children we serve."

About Brainy Camps:

Brainy Camps Association, a 501(c)(3) charity, is a consortium of residential and family camps, retreats and services for children with chronic health conditions. With the help of over 150 volunteers, the organization serves more than 500 children each year. Brainy Camps' mission is to help youth with chronic health conditions live well and reach their potential.

Through week-long condition-specific camps and support and leadership programs, Brainy Camps offers children the opportunity to meet peers, mentors and counselors with the same conditions and to learn skills in medical self-management.

Since its founding in 1994, Brainy Camps has expanded to host condition-specific camps for children with a range of health conditions, including neurofibromatosis, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, heart disease, Down syndrome, hemiplegic/diplegic cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, high functioning autism spectrum disorder, Tourette syndrome and childhood obesity, as well as a program for youth transitioning to adulthood.

To support the Race for Every Child team visit https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/TR/FundraisingTR/Race2018?team_id=2381&pg=team&fr_id=1200

To learn more about Brainy Camps visit: https://www.brainycamps.com/.

EVENT DETAILS:
Where: Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
When: October 20, 2018
7:00 a.m. Pre-Race Activities
8:45 a.m. 5K Run/Walk
10:15 a.m. Kids Dash

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Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation Names Ian Roberts as New Executive Director

NEWBURY, Ohio -- The Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation is pleased to announce that Ian Roberts has been named as Executive Director of the organization. Roberts is returning home to Ohio from Colorado, where he served most recently as Director of Overnight Camps for Avid4 Adventure in Boulder, Colorado. Roberts has more than 20 years of experience working for and providing leadership to summer camp organizations. Ian began in the role on October 1, 2018.

"We are thrilled to have Ian step into our new Executive Director role," said Ted Rusinoff, Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation Board Chair. "His non-profit leadership and management experience make him well positioned to lead us forward. His passion and commitment to our cause, along with his significant camp experience, will enable him to build our camp capacity, expand our reach, and offer even more impactful programming to our campers."

As Executive Director, Roberts will report to the Foundation's Board of Directors and be responsible for directing and managing strategic work, programs, and administrative operations of the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation in a manner consistent with the organization's mission: To help children living with Type One Diabetes to grow in mind, body and spirit through an outdoor camp experience that strengthens confidence and creates a community of children.

"I am very grateful and honored to be assuming this new role with Camp Ho Mita Koda," said Roberts. "This opportunity represents the culmination of my journey and the work I have accomplished throughout my career. I truly look forward to working with the Board, dedicated staff, and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make Camp Ho Mita Koda the most special, magical, and life-changing 'home away from home' it can be."

About the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation:

The Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 2017 to save and operate Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio. Camp Ho Mita Koda was founded in 1929 by Dr. Henry and Betty John as the nation's first camp for children with juvenile diabetes. Each summer, hundreds of campers come to our 72-acre camp to make friends, to have fun, and most importantly, to learn how to manage their disease. Campers receive around the clock medical care provided by our community's leading hospital systems including the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, and University Hospitals.

For more information about Camp Ho Mita Koda, please visit https://www.camphomitakoda.org/.

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Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation to Host Annual Fundraiser 2018

NEWBURY, Ohio -- The Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation is proud to announce that its 2018 Backpack Bivouac fundraising event will take place at the Helmsley Pavilion at Camp Ho Mita Koda on Saturday, September 29, 2018, beginning at 6 p.m. This year's theme, "A Night to Light the Future," will raise critical dollars to help Camp Ho Mita Koda host children with diabetes as campers well into the future.

As Camp's largest fundraising annual event, Bivouac is critically important as we work to continue the mission and vision set forth in 1929 by Dr. Henry and Betty John at the nation's first camp for children with juvenile diabetes. The Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation was able to host over 150 children with diabetes for the 2018 camp season and we look forward to hosting even more campers in 2019.

A "bivouac" is a French term for a temporary encampment, shelter or lodging. These shelters are frequently out under the stars, like Camp Ho Mita Koda, which is set on 72 beautiful acres in Geauga County. Campers sleep in cabins organized by age group, enjoying camp fires at night and traditional camp activities each day including swimming, horseback riding, rock climbing, and more.

Campers receive around the clock medical care provided by our community's leading hospitals systems including the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, and University Hospitals.

Camp Ho Mita Koda relies on contributions to operate. This summer, overnight camp was offered at $650 per week for each camper. This is a 50 percent discount to the roughly $1300 per week that it costs the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation to provide camp to each camper. Camperships are also available, as the cost of managing juvenile diabetes is very high and a struggle for many families. The Camp Ho Kita Koda Foundation's goal is that any interested camper be able to participate, regardless of family income, with help from our campership program.

This year's event promises to be the best yet with a silent auction, great food, and a growing, robust camp community. Come join us as we celebrate our successes and look forward to the future!

If you would like to sponsor this event, donate an auction item, or attend, please visit https://www.camphomitakoda.org/bivouac/.

About Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation:

The Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) that was formed in 2017 to save and operate Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury, Ohio. Each summer, over 150 campers come to our 72-acre camp to make friends, have fun, and learn how to manage their disease. For more information about Camp Ho Mita Koda, please visit https://www.camphomitakoda.org/.

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MAG Instrument and Maschmedt and Associates collaborate on marketing of MAGLITE products in Western US

ONTARIO, Calif. -- MAG Instrument Inc. has inked a manufacturer's representative agreement with Maschmedt Group, a full service sales and marketing firm, to greatly increase its reach in the critical retail sectors of sporting goods and hardware. The deal is expected to boost sales of MAGLITE(R) products in these sectors especially in the Western United States where Maschmedt & Associates concentrates its efforts.

The strategic timing of this alliance is ideal, given the impending introduction of new MAGLITE(R)-branded products that are well suited to drive increased market share in the flashlight and accessories sections of the sporting goods and hardware retail sectors.

"This is a great opportunity for Maschmedt & Associates to represent a globally recognized brand - MAGLITE - and increase the success of both organizations," said Tony Maglica, founder, president and CEO of MAG Instrument, Inc.

Maschmedt & Associates has decades of experience in increasing sales for an A-List of companies in the hardware and sporting goods sectors and prides itself on the dedication of its salesforce to the goals of its clients. Maschmedt focuses on the Western United States and is active in 17 states including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

"We are really pleased to have forged this strategic alliance with the iconic MAGLITE(R) brand - an alliance that will help a great American company to reach its goals," said Don Maschmedt, CEO, Maschmedt & Associates.

About Mag Instrument:
Mag Instrument is the epitome of the American dream and is dedicated to the highest standards of integrity. Each Mag Instrument flashlight represents a culmination of decades of research, development and continuous state-of-the-art refinement in every precision feature.

Mag Instrument is proud to be a U.S.A. manufacturer. Each flashlight is a result of an obsession with fine engineering, craftsmanship and a commitment to perfection. Founder, owner and president Anthony Maglica has guided his company's growth from a one-man machine shop in 1955 to an enterprise that has proudly employed thousands of American workers since it produced its first flashlight in 1979. Mag Instrument is committed to a performance and a reputation reflecting the very best we can achieve.

For more on Mag Instruments go to: http://maglite.com/

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NC’s Gorges State Park a Prime Viewing Location for Total Solar Eclipse

SAPPHIRE, N.C. -- The Friends of Gorges State Park is sponsoring "The Eclipse at Gorges," a 3-day celebration leading up the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. This free, family-friendly event, hosted by Gorges State Park, promises to be an unforgettable experience for park visitors. Attracting adventure seekers and astronomy enthusiasts from all over the country, The Eclipse at Gorges will feature live music, food trucks and educational talks/hikes with Park rangers.

The solar eclipse, frequently billed as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, will travel a path of totality over the entire U.S. for the first time in 99 years. Everyone in the lower 48 states will get to see at least a partial eclipse but only those in the path of totality will experience the true total solar eclipse. Residing fully within the path of totality, Gorges State Park has been identified as one of the top ten viewing locations by CNNtravel (*note 1). Located entirely in Transylvania County, it is the only North Carolina State Park in the path of totality and is a center of eclipse activity.

Bob Andrews, president of the Friends of Gorges State Park, is eagerly anticipating the event. "We're proud of the collective efforts from volunteers, friends and Park staff that are culminating in three days of events to showcase the eclipse and the park itself," he said. "Thanks to the leadership from Gorges State Park Superintendent Steve Pagano, this extraordinary event is set to exceed all expectations for visitors."

EVENT DETAILS:

Saturday, August 19, 2017, Nature Day:
State rangers and naturalists will direct hikes from the Visitors Center to specific destinations in the park. Discussions will include flora, fauna, and geology.

Sunday, August 20, 2017, Fun Day:
Sharon Becker, Regional Director of Interpretation and Education Programming for N.C. State Parks, will offer a hands-on educational experience about the history of eclipses in the world and the actual science behind eclipses. Curtis-Wright Falconry will offer close-up experiences, educating participants about the ancient sport of falconry. Live music will be provided by Land of Waterfalls Dulcimer Players, Blue Ridge Bakery Boys and Tina Eno Music. On-site food will be provided by Lola's, Coffee Carts, Sugar & Snow Gelato and more. Exhibitors will include Let's Face It - Face painting, Paintings by Sharyn, Boutique of Blue Ridge, Mud Dabbers - locally produced pottery, North Carolinas Friends of State Parks, Rosman High School Seniors, and many more.

Monday, August 21, 2017, Eclipse Day:
Gorges State Park will open to the public at an unprecedented 5 a.m. Park staff recommends that all visitors be in their selected viewing locations by 11 a.m. The eclipse will begin at 1:07 p.m., with totality beginning at 2:36 p.m. and lasting for over 2 minutes. The eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m.

Safety is a priority for all. Safety glasses and an informational brochure will be shared with visitors, while supplies last, as they enter the park on eclipse day. The eclipse glasses are provided by the Friends of Gorges State Park and made possible through funding from the North Carolina Friends of State Parks.

This Eclipse at Gorges has been designated as an official "2017 Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party" through a joint effort between North and South Carolina, coordinated by the Morehead Planetarium and funded by the NC Space Grant and SC Space. For more information on the eclipse parties, please visit http://moreheadplanetarium.org/eclipse.

Along with the North Carolina Friends of State Parks, the Transylvania County Tourist and Development Authority has supported the efforts of the Friends of Gorges State Park in coordinating the weekend events.

For more information, please refer to the following resources:
Friends of Gorges, Eclipse at Gorges (http://friendsofgorges.org/eclipse-at-gorges/)
Great American Eclipse (https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/)
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) (http://www.pari.edu/things-to-do/2017-eclipse/).

*NOTE 1: Where to See the Total Solar Eclipse by CNNtravel (http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/where-to-see-total-solar-eclipse-2017/index.html).

About Gorges State Park:
Gorges State Park is set in Western North Carolina in upper Transylvania County, the Land of Waterfalls. The gorgeous park is punctuated by plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species. Exploration of this unique environment often begins at the expansive, Gold Level LEED Certified visitors center with its educational exhibits, retail center, beautiful stone fireplace and unbeatable vistas. The center is surrounded by picnic areas that are perfect for a family pit-stop before hitting the trails.

About the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TCTDA):
The TCTDA is responsible for promoting Transylvania County to the wider world. Funding for the organization is provided by a 5% occupancy tax on Transylvania County accommodations. The TCTDA's mission is to: "generate and enhance tourism opportunities in Transylvania County through strategic promotion coordinated with tourism-related businesses and local government and to contribute to a vibrant, sustainable economy." In addition to advertising and promotion, the TCTDA annually sets aside funds for marketing and sponsorship grants. Local businesses, civic groups and individuals can apply for the funds to help support their tourism-oriented events and programs. The TCTDA also manages a year-round Visitor Center, located at 175 East Main Street in downtown Brevard. For more information about the TCTDA, contact Clark Lovelace at (828) 883-3700 or clark@brevardncchamber.org.

About Friends of Gorges State Park:
Friends of Gorges State Park was formed in March 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt, tax-deductible public charity supporting Gorges State Park. FOG members develop, encourage and promote public awareness; serve as a philanthropic volunteer organization for support of programs, development of facilities, and promotion of recreational facilities for Gorges State park; solicit, hold, and expend funds for such purposes; and render assistance as requested by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. For more information, please visit our website at http://friendsofgorges.org/.

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