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Habitat Hike: Explore, Discover, Protect

Franklin Park teen to lead hike in Linbrook Woodlands

Nadine Oury, 17, is working towards Girl Scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award, by encouraging people to get outside to explore and connect with natural treasures right in our backyard.

Oury has partnered with the Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) to develop and map a loop trail through their newly protected property, the Linbrook Woodlands Conservation Area in Franklin Park, encompassing one of the most biodiverse regions in Allegheny County. On April 21, she will lead a 3-mile discovery hike that engages sight, smell, hearing and touch to explore habitats defined by natural or man-made boundaries. The hike, which begins at 10:30, is part of the April Venture Outdoors activities calendar.

“It’s amazing to think that our community contains some of the most biodiverse habitats around, yet many people don’t even know that they are there,” says Oury. She hopes that developing online and printed resources for the ALT Habitat loop and leading the inaugural hike on April 21 will enhance the ability of community members to “navigate new trails, get some exercise” and develop the knowledge “to form a new connection with nature and a new interest in exploring and protecting it.”

“Nadine’s project is very timely, bringing together environmental awareness and healthy lifestyles” says Alice Johnston, the Venture Outdoors volunteer and Board member that is coordinating this hike. “I’ve been impressed with her passion for both, and with the effort she has put into learning about Linbrook Woodlands. The hike will be a wonderful celebration of Earth Day.”

All ages are welcome! Be prepared for some mud and a few steep areas.

Cost: Free, but registration is required.

Date & Time

April 21, 2018

10:30AM - 1:30PM

More Info

Event Website

Free, registration required

Nature & Outdoors