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Nature Museum 6th Annual Spring Hike-A-Thon

  |   March 30, 2012  |  Comment

Folks at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum are getting ready their annual Earth Day celebrations. If you’re a hiker or outdoor enthusiast be sure to mark Saturday, April 28 on your calendar and make plans to attend the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s sixth Annual Hike-A-Thon. The Hike is one of the Museum’s major fundraisers for the year.

An event for the whole family, the 2012 Hike-A-Thon will once again kick-off the Museum’s Earth Day Celebration at the Outdoor Discovery Center on Muser Drive off Angola Road in Cornwall. Earth Day activities will include a Family Fun Fair and Flea Market!

“Combining the Hike-A-Thon with the Museum’s Earth Day Celebration was a great success last year,” said Jackie Grant, Executive Director of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. “Friends of the Museum supported our unique fundraising “Hike with a purpose”, and returned from the hike to enjoy hands-on Earth Day activities, and even do a little shopping at the Flea Market. There was something for everyone – and this year promises to be filled with even more activities,” Grant continued. “Spending a morning hiking with family and friends – it’s the perfect way to support this unique and wonderful museum,” remarked Young Naturalist Preschool parents Julie and Bill Ormiston.

Now in its sixth year, the Hike-A-Thon has proven to be a very successful fundraiser for the Nature Museum. “For those interested in supporting the Museum, it’s easy to get involved with the Hike-A-Thon,” said Hike committee member co-chair and Museum trustee Susan Christensen. “Hikers are asked to form teams and seek support from friends, family, co-workers and local businesses to help them meet their fundraising goals.  There’s no registration fee, we simply ask hikers to try for a goal of raising $100 per hiker.”

Hikers will be able to choose from a variety of trails, as well as guided and independent hikes. Hikes range in difficulty from a very easy to a more vigorous hike, as well as the Museum’s moderate to slightly challenging trails for those hikers in between. The event will start at 9:00 a.m. with group warm-up exercises and hikers will set off soon after. The trails will be supervised until noon, giving everyone a chance to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors.  Earth Day activities and Flea Market will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The rain date is Sunday, April 29.

To become a 2012 Hike-A-Thon sponsor or team leader, to reserve a flea market spot or to learn more about any of the Museum’s Earth Day activities, log on to www.hhnaturemuseum.org or call 534-5506, ext. 204.

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