First Hike of the Season for Both Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6 on Sept. 20th!

Usher in the Fall season with Girls Outside by getting out in nature! Join us for our first hike of the 2015 fall season on Sunday, September 20th at 2 PM. For the first time, we are opening up this hike to both younger and older girls by having two groups of hikers divided by age, both starting at the same location and at the same time. Therefore, girls in both 1-3rd grades and girls in 4-6th grades are welcome to sign up for this hike! Please mark your calendars! This hike will be at the UT Arboretum. This hike location was so successful for the younger girls last spring that we decided that the older girls would enjoy this hiking location as well!

This hike for both groups will begin 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 and will be no longer than 3 miles. The 1-3rd grader hikers will finish at 4 PM and the 4-6th grade hikers will finish at 5 PM.

All hikers must be pre-registered by Thursday, September 17th.

Registrations for both 4-6th grade and 1st-3rd grade are closed for this hike, but please look for our 4-6th grade hike on Oct. 4th or our 1-3rd grade hike coming in November that we will be posting.

Your leaders for this hike will be Lisa Silverman and Sarah Darby. For further information please feel free to contact Lisa at knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.com. 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 for each group is usually six, and the maximum is 12.

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.

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.

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.

Sorry there is no rain date.

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

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

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