*This hike is now full.
Join us to celebrate the return of spring on Saturday, March 7, on a hike for girls in grades 1-3. We’re thinking positively that it will be here by then! The hike will take place from 2-4 p.m. on the trails at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. The hike is free, but girls must be registered. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
This two-to-three mile hike will begin with a loop on the River Trail, which takes us through lush forests to panoramic views of the Tennessee River. We will also hike other Ijams’ Discovery Trails, which meander between the Home Site, the Tennessee River and Ijams’ Lotus Pond. We will look and listen for woodland birds, such as nuthatches, woodpeckers and wrens, and perhaps we will get lucky and spot the resident barred owl.
When: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 7
Where: Meet in front of Ijam’s Visitor Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville 37920
Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file with Girls Outside. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form. You can scan and email the form to knoxgirlsoutside@ before the hike or bring the completed form on the day of the hike. This form will be kept on file for future hikes within the same calendar year, so you only have to fill it out once, unless the health history has changed, in which case a new form must be completed.
Each hike begins with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring water and light snacks.
While the mission of Girls Outside is to enjoy nature, we also hope these outings foster independence and so we encourage parents to let their girls do the hike on their own as a part of the group. Remember to leave electronic devices at home to better enjoy time in nature.
Every G.O. hike has at least four women volunteer chaperones, eager to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation. The minimum number of hikers is usually six, and the maximum is 12.
Sorry there is no rain date.