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BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (Aug. 2, 2016) –

Beginning on Aug. 13, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will host Hiking 101 orientations for its upcoming Wild Adventures hiking series taking place throughout central Pennsylvania. This series will run through the fall and aims to introduce hikers of all ages to the natural wonders that can be found on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The Hiking 101 orientations will serve as fun and engaging introductions to hiking and effective stewardship of the A.T. Led by ATC staff, these events are hands-on, interactive experiences designed to familiarize participants with the history of the Trail, hiking etiquette, Leave No Trace principles and having fun in the woods while also building a strong conservation ethic. Orientations will include games, educational discussions, puzzles and more before culminating in a short hike in a local park.

The Wild Adventures series will include a variety of activities for participants of all ages, including discussions about the various habitats that exist along the Appalachian Trail. Image courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

While the Hiking 101 events are optional, they will prepare hikers for future Wild Adventures sessions taking place during late summer and fall in Lebanon, Perry, Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Each session will be led by members from five of the ATC’s partner organizations, including the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, the York Hiking Club, the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club, the Mountain Club of Maryland and the Duncannon Outdoor Club. Activities will be appropriate for hikers of all ages -- including elementary and middle school-aged children -- and offer the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. Participants will be able to use binoculars to learn about wildlife, make habitat photo albums, venture out on tree scavenger hunts and much more.

Wild Adventures Series – Hiking 101 Orientations Overview

  • South Hills Park Orientation
    • Date: Aug. 13
    • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Location: 1100 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042
  • Boiling Springs Orientation
    • Date: Aug. 13
    • Time: 2-5 p.m.
    • Location: Appalachian Trail Conservancy Mid-Atlantic Regional Office 4 East First Street, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
  • Adams-Ricci Park Orientation
    • Date: Aug. 27
    • Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Location: West Enola Pavilion, 100 East Penn Drive, Enola, PA 17025

The Wild Adventures series is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Register by calling 717.258.5771 or online atatcwildadventures.eventbrite.com. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about this event and a complete schedule of ATC’s Wild Adventures series, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact: Javier Folgar

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Tel: 304.885.0481

Fax: 304.535.2667

Email: jfolgar@appalachiantrail.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike

Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

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