Oct. 1: Walk in Penn’s Woods

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art today announced they would host a “Walk in Penn’s Woods” as part of a statewide initiative on Sunday, Oct. 1, from noon to 4 p.m.

NSCNA in partnership with the Dauphin County Woodland Owners Association and Boy Scout Troop #151 of Millersburg, led by Scoutmaster Doug Rubendall, will hold an informative Walk in Penn’s Woods along designated trails of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Millersburg, PA. The event begins at noon with the Ned Smith Center open for admission and the Dept. of Ag Hardwood Council Wood Mobile available to tour, the guided walks begin at 1:00 p.m and continue every half hour until 2:30. This event will include a children’s walk area, complete with self-guided activities and short activity booklet children can take on the trails. Watershed, wildlife and forestry experts will share details on recent forest management activity and the flora and fauna found on Berry’s Mountain. Participants should come prepared with good hiking shoes, the terrain may get rough and the walk will be both up and down hill. The event will be held rain or shine and no registration is required. All are welcome and invited to learn from the professionals and those who care for and about the woods in Pennsylvania.

The partnership coordinating these statewide events includes the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, Penn State Center for Private Forests, Penn State Natural Resources Extension, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Forest Stewards, and the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative. These partners, along with a number of additional supporters, are working energetically to fashion a group of diverse, informative, and exciting events to entice individuals, families, friends and neighbors, out into Penn’s Woods for an enjoyable learning experience. This statewide partnership hopes to make this inaugural walk an annual learning experience.

Pennsylvania’s woodlands are one of the state’s prized Crown Jewels. Not only do they provide a significant timber resource, but untold value as a water resource, pollution filter, carbon store, wildlife habitat, biodiversity reserve, urban refuge, and a priceless source of recreational and aesthetic enjoyment.

More information is available by visiting www.paforestry.org/walk-in-penns-woods/