CARLISLE, Pa. (April 8, 2016) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has launched Wild Wednesdays, a new series that encourages the public to step onto the wild and wonderful Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Central Pennsylvania region. The series, which is geared toward elementary aged children and their families, will kick off May 4 at the ATC’s Visitor Center in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
Birds are the focus of the first Wild Wednesdays event, and participants will learn about the area’s native birds and their behaviors as well as how to identify birds in their own backyards. There will also be a special introduction to phenology, or the study of seasonal changes in plants, and attendees will conduct the first of a series of observations on a local tree. Return for each subsequent Wild Wednesdays event to track the tree as it changes throughout the year!
It is free to attend Wild Wednesdays, but space is limited. Register by calling 717.258.5771 or by visiting http://atcwildwednesdays.eventbrite.com.
Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: ATC Visitor Center, 4 East 1st St., Boiling Springs, PA
Each Wild Wednesdays event is 60 minutes in length and will feature a variety of activities, games, hikes and more. Learn about wildlife, native plants, water cycles, habitats and all the A.T. has to offer all while spending quality time with family and friends. The series runs on a quarterly basis throughout the year with events in May, August, November and January. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
ATC's Wild Wednesdays is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and a grant from the Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]