Hatch Run Conservation Area Preparing for Annual ‘Walk in Penn’s Woods’

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The excitement is growing for the fifth annual Walk in Penn’s Woods on Sunday, October 3, happening near you:

2021 Walk in Penn’s Woods at Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area
Time of Walk: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Walk Address: Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area Trail Head parking lot located approx. 1.25 miles from the intersection of SR62 & Hatch Run Rd. Look for Walk in Penn’s Woods signs.
Walk Description:  Come join the Warren County Conservation District Staff & Partners, for a short guided walk at Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area, where we will go geocaching & learn more about our local forest. There are also many self-guided activities to do on your own at the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area. This walk has limited stroller and wheelchair accessibility. Pets are allowed on leash and must be cleaned up after.

We are one of various sites across the state where Pennsylvanians of all ages will be getting out in the woods, building appreciation for and learning about the forest, the people who own them, and the importance of caring well for them.

Pennsylvania’s woods bring us values that we sometimes take for granted. The trees and ground cover provide nutrients for the soil, food and homes for wildlife, clean air and water, wood products that we use daily, and peace and tranquility for us to enjoy. The woods “work” for us. Walk in Penn’s Woods raises awareness about the importance of forests to our lives and the effort that goes into caring for them. 

Since 2017, the first Sunday in October has been designated as opportunity for Pennsylvanians to join hosted walks to learn more about Penn’s Woods and gain easy access to expert forest and wildlife professionals. Some walks have children’s activities; others highlight managed wildlife habitat or watersheds; you may see the results of harvesting activities or plantings of native trees and shrubs; still others may demonstrate the effects of urban tree cover or riparian buffers. Walk in Penn’s Woods also features a growing number of sites with wheelchair and stroller accessible walks. For a complete list of individual walk locations, times, descriptions, ways and places to discover Penn’s Woods all year round, and more, go to www.walkinpennswoods.org. The website is regularly updated as new walks are added, so keep checking!

What are folks saying when they take a Walk in Penn’s Woods:

“…our Walk in Penn’s Woods…was a smashing success! The weather was perfect, the presenter was outstanding, and the diverse group of attendees made for a wonderful afternoon.”

“It was just the program that I was looking for!”

“…we ended up talking about invasive plants and insects and management of those, the importance of forests to our watershed, streamside forests, and beavers!”

“There’s more about a forest than can be said in two and a half hours, but we had a great time walking together among such a great legacy of trees.”

The 2021 Walk in Penn’s Woods organizing partners include the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, The Center for Private Forests at Penn State, Penn State Forestry and Wildlife Extension, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Forest Stewards, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative. 

Come join us in the woods on Sunday, October 3 at the Walk in Penn’s Woods near you! 

 

Find out more about Walk in Penn’s Woods at: 

  • Website: http://www.walkinpennswoods.org
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walkinpennswoods