Hitting the Trail this Fall

septlight1It might still be 90 degrees and muggy outside, but we’ve noticed a slight yellowing of the leaves. The low mellow light of September beckons us to hit the trails before the winter dark sets in.

Two hikes are planned for this month and next, so mark your calendars!

Due to the rain, the Saturday, Sept. 21 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2-4 p.m. Same time, same place. See details and the link to register below.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, we will lead a hike for girls in grades 1-3 at Ijam’s-Ross Marble Quarry natural area. This hike begins at 2 p.m sharp in the parking lot of Mead’s Quarry (map) and will finish at the same spot at 4 p.m. The hike will be no more than three miles. The trail features woodlands, unique rock formations, scenic overlooks, and the mysterious “key hole” with its carved pink marble shelves and rock faces. Your guides for this hike are Catherine Crawley (lead), Miriam Davis and Diana Moyer. Registration is now closed.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, we will lead a hike for girls in grades 4-6 on part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop near Anderson School. The hike begins at 1 p.m. sharp (note earlier start time) and goes to 4 p.m. The hike will feature a creek, woods, changing leaves and possibly even some fall wildflowers. Exact hike meeting spot will be shared closer to the hike date. This will be an easy to moderate hike, which we will take at a slow pace, and is approximately 2-3 miles. Your  guides for this hike are Kelly Sturner (lead), Trena Paulus and Catherine Crawley. Registration is now closed.

Each hike begins with a fun get-t0-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Bring water and light snacks as we take a few breaks along the way.

Girls Outside hikes are limited to a total of 12 girls with three Girls Outside adult guides. Participants must be registered, and an adult must sign the liability waiver, which will be provided at the trail head on the day of the hike. 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, without parents.

This hike is free! Help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing our girlsoutside.org link. Here’s a handy flyer for posting! To see the fun with have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.

These two hikes conclude our hikes of 2013. Watch for more hikes in spring 2014!

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