With participants coming from as far away as Texas for the weekend, the 55th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage promises to be worth the trip.
Hundreds of eager participants will gather for the annual outdoor learning experience from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, at Camp Allegany in the Red House area of New York's Allegany State Park. The park's cabins and campsites provide a home for many, while others commute from home or prefer local motels.
Dozens of knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts will lead hikes and field trips, offer classes and workshops, and present programs and demonstrations. Their topics will include trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks, mammals, geology, astronomy, ecology, yoga, paper-making, photography, sketching and nature games. Participants are welcome to just relax, visit, or hike, as well.
The Splash Hike led by Lon Myers of West Chester, Pa., is a regular feature at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, this year planned for Friday to Sunday, June 2. The outdoor weekend at Allegany State Park is organized by volunteers from the Audubon organizations of Buffalo, Erie, Jamestown and Rochester.
The park abounds with wildlife, and it is not uncommon to see deer, porcupines, raccoons and the occasional black bear. There are also incredible numbers of wildflowers, birds, butterflies and tress.
Volunteers from the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and the Buffalo, Jamestown, and Presque Isle Audubon Societies organize the annual outing.
To register and for more information about the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, visit alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.
Reservations at the Red House area of Allegany State Park can be made from nysparks.com/parks/73/details.aspx or at www.reserveamerica.com, or by calling 800-456-CAMP.