Matthew Ritter, Section Manager, Operations, Maintenance and Programming, Delaware State Parks 302-739-9187, Matthew.Ritter@state.de.us; or Caroline Foltz, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9185, Caroline.Foltz@state.de.us
Delaware State Parks participating in
Trails Day on June 7
DOVER (June 4, 2014) – Delaware State Parks will take part in the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) on Saturday, June 7, for the 22nd annual celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more. Delaware State Parks will offer programs statewide Saturday in different parks.
Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington will host a creek cleanup at 9:30 a.m., working to help keep the Brandywine beautiful. Cape Henlopen State Park, along with the park’s Friends group, will also sponsor a Volunteer Trail Day Cleanup in Lewes on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, which may include trail maintenance and minor construction projects. Killens Pond State Park in Felton will host a free hike at 2 p.m. to celebrate NTD and provide participants a great way to get moving and learn about the park. In addition, Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, those interested in birding can enjoy a Saturday morning Bird Walk at 8 a.m.
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,” says Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president. “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.”
For those taking to Delaware’s parks Saturday to celebrate NTD, state parks marketing assistant Caroline Foltz reminds park goers to participate in the Delaware State Parks Trail Challenge. “It’s a great way for you and your family to celebrate National Trails Day,” Foltz says. “By hiking this weekend at any of the parks listed on the Trail Challenge card, you can take in the gorgeous views of our parks and be one trail closer to earning your Trail Challenge Badge and Certificate.”
Information about the Trail Challenge and a printable Trail Challenge card are available at http://destateparks.com/trail-challenge/. Information about the Delaware State Parks Programs listed above can be found by contacting the offering park or visiting destateparks.com/programs.
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