'Go Take a Hike' outdoor activities being offered through Massena library, nature center
“Go Take a Hike,” a walking and hiking program during May, is being offered by the Massena Public Library and Nicandri Nature Center. Badges are being given for each completed local trail. Photo submitted by Massena Public Library.
MASSENA – A new program, “Go Take a Hike,” is offering family walking and hiking activities during May, including free badges for each local trail completed.“The Massena Public Library and the Nicandri Nature Center have partnered to designate the month of May as Massena Hiking Month. Plan on joining in on some great family activities that help you learn about and explore our beautiful North Country walking and hiking trails,” said Massena Public Library Director Elaine Dunne.
“We’re really excited to be partnering with the nature center. We love the idea of providing opportunities for families and people to be safely outside, enjoying nature,” said Dunne.
Both the Massena Public Library and the Nicandri Nature Center will be reading local author William C. Hill’s book “Hiking: The Trail to Yesterday, a Collection of Northern New York Hikes and their Histories.” The book is a collection of hiking trails close to home. Contact the library or nature center for a copy of the book.
An author visit with William Hill is Tuesday May 11, at 7 p.m. at Massena Public Library and also available via Facebook Live. Bill will talk about his trail experiences and trail histories.
William Hill will also lead two historical hikes on local trails. He will be the guide for the Lampson Falls hike on Saturday, May 15 and Catamount Mountain on Sunday, May 16. Interested hikers can meet him at 10 a.m. at the hike’s trailhead.
Hikers are encouraged to join the hiking challenge and possibly win prizes. Photos of hikers or hiking families can be emailed to the library or nature center, or shared on the library’s or nature center’s Facebook page. Submitted photos will be entered into a drawing to win one of the nature-themed gift baskets.
The library and nature center will collect all the hiking pictures that are sent and present a photography exhibit of the North Country hiking trails in the library throughout the month of June.
Kids receive a hiking badge for each of the hikes they complete in William Hill’s book.
“Get outside and go take a hike!” says Librarian Emily Dunne.