Gear up for hiking season with free programs hosted by Friends of Rogers

Naturalist Intern Amanda Phillips celebrates a milestone during her journey on the Appalachian Trail. Learn more about her adventures – and prepare for your own – with special hiking programs hosted by Friends of Rogers during the month of April. Photo courtesy Friends of Rogers

As warm weather approaches, many look forward to extended walks and hiking excursions outside. In anticipation of this busy season, Friends of Rogers offers a series of free programs designed to encourage outdoor hiking adventures.

Naturalist Intern Amanda Phillips shares her journey “Along the Appalachian” on two different occasions.

Phillips left Friends of Rogers in 2015 to hike the 2,189.2 mile Appalachian Trail. Now she’s back to share her journey from the deep gorges of the south, through the balds of the mid-Atlantic, and into the rocky peaks of the northeast.

She will outline how the trail varies as one hikes further north, and she will share “hiking hacks” she learned along the way to help others prepare for their own adventures.

On April 4, the Bullthistle Hiking Club is offering “Along the Appalachian” at 7 pm in the Norwich YMCA Community Room.

Join the Chenango Canal Association and the Partnership for Community Development for “Along the Appalachian” on April 5 at 6:30 pm in the Town of Madison Historical Society building.

Anyone who spends a great deal of time in wooded or grassy areas should be aware of ticks and potential health challenges associated with them. On April 26, “Get Ticked-OFF” with the Chenango County Health Department. Beginning at 6:30 pm in the Visitor Center, participants will learn how to deal with these tiny arachnids who like to hitch-hike on warm-blooded mammals – including human beings and domesticated pets.

Rounding out this free series, the Bullthistle Hiking Club offers “Hiking Basics” at 9 am on April 29 in the Visitor Center. Topics include where to hike, proper gear, ideal clothing, and basic hiking tips. Attendees will be given upcoming dates for a variety of hikes hosted by the Bullthistle Hiking Club. A short, optional hike will begin after the presentation.

While all of these programs are being offered free of charge, donations are always appreciated to help support operations at Rogers Center.

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for all ages. Seasonal hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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