Celebrate National Trails Day with the Mercer County Park Commission’s Naturalist Department on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The following programs are suitable for all age groups and encourage participants to enjoy the outdoor opportunities in the county parks.
Sensory Hike for Families will lead you through the trails of Mercer Meadows where you will search for different clues to utilize a number of senses. The hike will begin at the newly renovated Historic Hunt Barn where members can pick up a map for a self-guided, family-friendly sensory hike. This program will take place Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; no registration required.
Give Back to the Trails will be held at Baldpate Mountain on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Get in a hike, some exercise and hands-on fun led by the Park Commission’s Land Steward while maintaining the trail system. The program will begin at the Pleasant Valley parking lot where basic instructions, hand tools and gloves will be provided. Participants should wear durable footwear, thorn-resistant clothing and bring plenty of water. Give Back to the Trails is a free program appropriate for ages 12 and over; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Nature Programs at (609) 888-3218 or follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/.
Scouts who are interested in National Trails Day can meet their badge requirements through fun, hands-on activities at the Tulpehaking Nature Center,located at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. Workshops are $8 per Scout for county residents and $10 per Scout for non-county residents. Programs will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.; participants are encouraged to bring a snack. Finding Your Way forCub Scout Wolveswill take place Saturday, June 2, and Outdoor Adventure Badgefor Girl Scout Brownieswill take place Sunday, June 3.Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; please call (609) 888-3218 or register online by visiting the calendar page at www.mercercountyparks.org.
The Mercer County Naturalist Department offers a variety of programs and activities for adults, children and families. Offerings include hikes, birdwatching, hands-on programming and visits to wetlands, grasslands, streams, lakes and more. For information on the Nature Programs, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.