Thursday, February 20, 2020

Annual Cherry Pie Hike Set For Feb. 22 At Jennings Environmental Ed Center, Butler County

Come enjoy a taste of history and a taste of pie at the same time! February 22nd is the day to dress warmly and come to Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road in Slippery Rock, Butler County for a special event which combines the annual "Cherry Pie Hike" and "Washington's Trail Hike.” 
The February 22nd activities will commemorate George Washington's birthday and the Virginia Colony mission demanding French withdrawal from British territory that precipitated the French and Indian/Seven Years War. 
To learn about the history surrounding Washington’s 1753 mission, hikers can sign up for a half-hour “history hike” that includes the reenactment of the attempt on Washington’s life that happened on Dec. 27, 1753 near today’s Evans City. 
There are six history hikes on the 22nd, starting at 9:30 a.m. 
The day-long event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. It will also feature 75-minute winter nature walks led by Jennings’ staff, and a 7-mile hike along a section of the North Country Trail where Washington may have traveled. 
For those interested in the 7-mile long hike, it will most likely last from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m., depending on hiking speed. This long hike will cover 7 miles from the boat launch located under the Route 528 bridge in Moraine State Park to Jennings. 
The long hike is recommended for ages 12 and up. The long hike is rated “moderate,” and will traverse varied terrain, with some slopes and winter trail conditions (it is NOT suited for tennis shoes). 
Participants should park and meet under the 528 bridge to begin the hike. They may hike back or return via shuttle. 
Call 724-290-2129 if you have questions or are not able to register online.  Online registration is available on Jennings Environmental Education Center webpage (scroll down).
Participants can choose one or more favorite hike options and enjoy a taste of cherry pie, cookies, and cider, courtesy of North Country Brewing Company and the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau. 
The event is free and open to the public, although a $3 per person donation will be encouraged for participation in the guided hikes/walks. 
Reservations are required for hikes and nature walks by February 21. Carpooling is encouraged, because parking may be limited.
Many thanks to the generous sponsoring organizations: Washington's Trail - 1753; Butler Chapter of the North Country Trail; Harmony Museum, Jennings Environmental Education Center.
For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition website.

(Reprinted from The Catalyst newsletter by the Slippery Rock Watershed CoalitionClick Here to sign up for your own copy.)
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[Posted: February 20, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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