CARLISLE, Pa. (April 6, 2016) – Step out on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this summer with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) during Third Thursdays, a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. The Third Thursdays series kicks off at 6 p.m. April 21 with an easy, 3-mile “Native Roots” hike that will allow participants to learn about the native trees and wildflowers of the Cumberland Valley region.
The ATC and the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club will partner together to offer the hike, which will be held in Carlisle, PA, along one of the flattest sections of the A.T. Participants will explore a variety of native trees and plants, how they fit into the landscape, and how native wildflower charm can be added to a garden to support local wildlife, insects, birds and pollinators.
Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Scott Farm Appalachian Trail Work Center, 301 Bernheisel Bridge Road, Carlisle, PA
The Third Thursdays Native Roots hike is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Register by calling 717-258-5771 or online at http://atcthirdthursdays.eventbrite.com.
The ATC’s Third Thursdays series runs through October with a different event every month. Additional hike topics will include birding, geology, yoga, Leave No Trace, music and film, and local history. A complete schedule of Third Thursdays events is available at www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]