CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY AT TYLER ARBORETUM
Discovery and activities for all ages offered during country’s largest celebration of trails
MEDIA, Pa (May 13, 2014) – Did you know that Tyler Arboretum is home to over 17 miles of beautiful and interesting hiking trails, right here in Delaware County? Hiking is an excellent form of exercise and relaxation for people of all ages and is a perfect way to connect with nature. Lace up your hiking boots/shoes and come down to Tyler Arboretum on Saturday, June 7 for special hiking, orienteering and geocaching activities from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to celebrate National Trails Day.
The day will kick off with volunteer opportunities doing simple maintenance on our trails from 8 a.m. – noon. Anyone interested in volunteering (children under 13 must have a chaperone) should meet at the Maintenance Building at Tyler. Your generosity will pay off with free admission to the Arboretum for the rest of the day, including all of our special activities!
National Trails Day at Tyler is open to the public, free with admission and no pre-registration is required. Activities for National Trails Day at Tyler Arboretum include:
- Orienteering demonstrations led by the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA) and self-guided hikes from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. They will offer maps with a shorter family hike and maps for a longer adventurer hike, perfect for Boy Scout requirements.
- Adult Critter Hike from 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
- Bluebird education from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., with a Bluebird Hike appropriate for all ages at 11:30 a.m.
- Adult History Hike from 1:30– 3 p.m.
- Geocaching from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Educational displays
“This is the first time we’ve celebrated National Trails Day with various activities and educational opportunities. Our trails are part of what makes Tyler such a special place to visit, and we encourage people to take this opportunity to explore outside of our core garden area,” said Amy Mawby, Director of Public Programs.
This is also the first time Tyler is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania to offer a special opportunity for “Bigs” to introduce their “Littles” to the world of hiking. Participants of BBBS will receive free admission for a child with paid discounted admission ($10) for the adult, with valid voucher provided by BBBS. Those interested in this promotion should contact Adrienne Hessert, Manager, Community-Based Match Support & Match Activities for BBBS at (215) 790-9200.
“Tyler Arboretum prides itself on providing opportunities to connect children with nature. This partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters is important because we believe all children should have the chance to explore and appreciate the natural world, regardless of what circumstances they come from,” said Mawby.
National Trails Day encourages all Americans to connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate, and share the natural places we cherish.
“Twenty years ago, American Hiking built National Trails Day around the idea that for one day each year we should come together outdoors and give back to our favorite trails. Since then, people from all walks of life have been coming out in increasing numbers on NTD to celebrate our trails and the great outdoors,” said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president.
Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired millions of individuals and community groups to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well-being, protect green space, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails and instill excitement for the outdoors.
About Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum, one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, is an important community resource and cultural destination. Tyler provides a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, history and the natural world. Its 650 acres of meadows, wetlands, and unbroken forest can be enjoyed via over 17 miles of hiking trails. Additional information is available at www.tylerarboretum.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA is a donor-supported organization that enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships. Volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister is about making a measurable difference in a child’s life by sharing new perspectives and experiences; in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, nearly 3,000 children annually are more successful socially and academically because of the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA.
About National Trails Day and the American Hiking Society
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects.
Founded in 1976, 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. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org or call (301) 565-6704.