Celebrate Earth Day with Girls Outside! Hike for grades 4-6 on Sunday, April 26th

P1010268Cross Roads Trail UT Arboretum

Celebrate Earth Day with Girls Outside by getting out in nature! Join us for our final hike of the spring season on Sunday, April 26th from 2-5 PM. Please mark your calendars! This hike will be for girls in grades 4-6 at the UT Arboretum. This hike location was so successful for the younger girls we decided that the older girls would enjoy this hiking location as well!

This hike begins at 2 PM sharp at the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot (the only parking lot) at the UT Arboretum.  Location map.  Address:  901 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

The hike will finish at the same spot at 5 PM. The hike will be no longer than 3 miles.

The UT Arboretum is 15 minutes from West Knoxville.  A project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center, it is free and open to the public.  It is a wonderful place for young explorers to see over 800 species of plants, and the history of land use in our area.

On our hike, we will cover approximately 3 miles on several different trails.  Be sure to look for “trees with knees” as we start out on the White Pine Trail and Marsh Area, as well as awesome views up above a river bed and through a natural forest. Further along on Rock Pile lead we’ll look for evidence of early settlers tied to the name of this trail.  We will end up back where we started and extra time can be used to explore the Visitor’s Center Wildflower Garden.

Your leader for this hike will be Lisa Silverman. For further information please feel free to contact Lisa at knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.

Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file. You may access, download, and print the form here. 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@gmail.com 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.

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 we have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this hike. Please check back for future hikes in the fall of 2015.

This event is held in partnership with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.

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