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Family nature hike at Maryland Heights

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special nature hike on the Maryland Heights Overlook Trail across from Harpers Ferry on Saturday, Apr. 19.

The hike is intended for families with children, and children of all ages will be welcome.

It will last from 10 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.

It will be led by Jan Hummer, an experienced natural science educator. She will help explain the plants, animals, and other natural features found along the way.

Everyone is welcome but enrollment in the hike will be limited and pre-registration will be required. There will be a modest fee of $5 per child.

To register or get more information go to the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Jan at janhummer@hotmail.com or 304-839-5128.

Participants will meet at 10:00 a.m. in Harpers Ferry, at the Potomac River overlook near the railroad trestle. Parking may be available at the Harpers Ferry Train Station but if visitor traffic is heavy, you will have to park at the park’s Visitor’s Center and ride the bus to the lower town. Please allow time for this.

Participants should bring insect repellent, water and a snack, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the prevailing weather.

The Maryland Heights Overlook Trail is located on the ridge across the railroad bridge at Harpers Ferry, and it offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. It is part of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and maintained by the U.S. Park Service.

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.