A walk called "Snowshoe Discovery Tour: GPS mapping skills" is set at 10 a.m. Sunday at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center.
Rick Landenberger will lead the program and provide an introduction to GPS technology including principles for mapping points and routes, with particular emphasis on central Appalachian forest ecology and wildlife applications. Participants can bring their own GPS if they'd like, but Landenberger will have loaner units for first-timers. All are welcome.
Snowshoes for the walk will be provided by White Grass free of charge, so it is a good way to try out this sport. Landenberger is the executive director of a nonprofit geospatial research and education network, and West Virginia University faculty member in Geology and Geography.
These free Sunday walks are offered at White Grass each year as an effort to expand appreciation of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. More information is available at www.whitegrass.com or 304-866-4114.
The event is co-sponsored by the Refuge, White Grass and the Friends of the 500th.