*Update 9-23-14: This hike is now full and registration has closed.
Autumnal colors will be in full swing for the Oct. 5 hike for girls in grades 1-3, which takes place from 2-4 p.m. on the trails at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville.
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., Sunday, October 5
Where: Meet at Ijams’ entrance near Visitor Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville 37920
Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form, and this can be obtained from your pediatrician. 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, so you only have to fill it out once.
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.