Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. The Cayuga Trails Club will sponsor the 28th annual Earth Day Hike on the Cayuga Trail on Sunday, April 23.
The Earth Day Hike will follow a 4.4-mile-long section of the Cayuga Trail in the beautiful Monkey Run Natural Area of Cornell Botanic Gardens. Tom Reimers will lead the hike from the community gardens beginning at 1:00 p.m. Transportation will be available at the end of the hike to take participants back to the beginning.
The Cayuga Trails Club started building the Cayuga Trail in 1964; it has been expanded several times in its history. This trail takes hikers along the high banks and water’s edge of Fall Creek, through hardwood forests, pine plantations, and interesting areas of lush ferns and hawthorns. This hike features early spring wildflowers, birds, breathtaking vistas, interesting geological features, and the beauty of very wild sections of Fall Creek and one of Cornell’s off-campus natural areas. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drinking water and rain gear if needed. Be prepared for steep ups and downs; the trail is challenging in some places.
The Cornell Community Garden Plots, our meeting place, are located off Freese Road about halfway between NY Route 366 and Hanshaw Road. To get there turn onto one end of Freese Road from NY Route 366 or onto the other end from Hanshaw Road. Watch for an obscure driveway entering the parking area on the east side of the road. Contact Tom if you would like more information.
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