The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special nature hike along a stretch of Opequeon Creek in Berkeley County on Saturday, June 7.
The hike is intended for families with children, and children of all ages will be welcome.
The hike will last from 9 a.m. to about 12 noon. It will be led by Jan Hummer, an experienced natural science educator. The idea will be to explore the creek in an up close and personal way. Participating children and their families will gain a better understanding of the role such streams play in our natural landscape, including the ways in which they provide habitat for a wide variety of native fish, birds, insects and other animals.
Enrollment in the hike will be limited and pre-registration will be required. There will be a modest fee of $5 per child.
The area of the creek that will be visited will be in the vicinity of Route 45, east of Martinsburg. Exact directions will be provided on registration.
Participants should bring water and a snack, and dress for the prevailing weather.
River shoes or old tennis shoes are recommended.
This hike is part of a Potomac Valley Audubon program, called "Outdoor Explore!", which is intended to give youngsters and their parents a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world in a safe, supervised way. Its activities include hiking, exploration of different local habitats, plant and animal identification, and other natural science activities.
The program was initiated in 2012 with the help of a grant from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.