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Friends of Glimmerglass To Kick Off OCCA Nature Walk Series at American Hiking Society National Trails DayR Event

May 17, 2011

Friends of Glimmerglass To Kick Off OCCA Nature Walk Series at American Hiking Society National Trails Day® Event

COOPERSTOWN – On Saturday, June 4, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park will host a number of activities in celebration of the American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day.® This event, co-hosted by the Otsego County Conservation Association, will be held at Glimmerglass State Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center with instruction by Ryan Hudyncia on the basic tenets of the national “Leave No Trace” program: plan ahead and prepare, be prepared for surprises, respect the land, dispose of waste properly, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors. Hudyncia will then lead participants along the park’s Beaver Pond Trail for observations and clean-up. The group will return to the Nature Center for instruction on how to make a safe campfire and to cook lunch (hotdogs).

This event is for all ages and will be held rain or shine. Those taking part are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions – hiking boots and work gloves are recommended – and may bring small work tools. Lunch and water will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling the park at friendsofglimmerglass. Participants should use the Mill Road entrance to access the Nature Center.

The Beaver Pond Trail hike and clean-up mark the beginning of OCCA’s 2011 Nature Walk Series. Since 2001, OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails. Other confirmed dates, venues and hike leaders for 2011 are: June 12, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; July 2, Lordsland Preserve, Connie Tedesco and Dick deRosa; July 9, Hooker Mountain, Terry Bliss; September 10, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Joe Ritton; October 23, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; and January 15, 2012, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, snowshoe hike with the Kents. The OCCA hike schedule is still taking shape – for more information, e-mail admin.

The slogan for NTD 2011, “Made With All Natural Ingredients,” is an open invitation to all Americans to get outside and connect with local hiking clubs, outdoor retailers, local parks and recreation departments or federal land management agencies to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer. National corporate sponsors include “Backpacker” magazine, Columbia, Eastern Mountain Sports, Fetzer®, Merrell, The North Face, and partners REI and American Park Network.

A long-standing celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers, National Trails Day is celebrated in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips and other activities. Event hosts include local hiking clubs, federal agencies, municipal parks, retailers, land trusts, and many other businesses and organizations. For more information about National Trails Day®, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.

Founded in 1976, the American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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