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Girls Outside’s youngest explorers have the opportunity to inaugurate the UT Arboretum as the next Girls Outside hike location on November 1 from 1 – 3 pm. Click here for a description of this “outdoor classroom” and here for the location and map to the site.
In addition to offering well maintained easy to navigate trails through a variety of habitats, the UT Arboretum’s trails are designed to teach and highlight ecological points of interest. The mix of habitat types and variety of tree species make this an ideal location for finding birds and enjoying vibrant fall colors.
We’ll be doing about 2 miles of hiking through the arboretum from Old Kerr Hollow Rd to Arboretum Drive. From there we will make our way to the Program Shelter. Then we’ll take the Heath cove trail shortcut and then take Valley Road back.
When: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, November 1.
Where: Meet in the parking lot for the UT Arboretum just past the Visitor Center: 901 S. Illinois Ave. Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
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, closed toe sturdy shoes, 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.
These hikes are free and the entire organization is run by volunteers! To learn more about how to help support Girls Outside’s mission to get girls outside see our Give page. In addition, you can help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing our link and this Nov. 1st flyer. To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.