Trails Day activities will begin with an early morning bird hike at 8 am. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center to join local birder David Raines in seeking out the birds who call Breaks Park home.
A Stream Ecology class hosted by James Stapleton will give children and adults alike hands-on experience in collecting and identifying aquatic bugs. This information will be used to determine the health of a stream inside the park, and will be recorded in the Park’s official flora and fauna species list. Participants can anticipate getting wet during this exercise, and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It will be a wonderful opportunity to have fun, and be a part of the Breaks Park official scientific record. Those who wish to participate in this scientific adventure should meet at the Visitor Center at 1 pm.
A hike on the Geological Trail is planned at 3 pm. Geologist and Author Tony Scales will lead the hike and explain how the Breaks gorge was formed, as well as what types of rocks, minerals, and geological formations can be found at the park. Participants should meet at Stateline Overlook. The hike is considered moderate, and closed-toe footwear is required.
Additional programs are planned during the day, including making homemade bird feeders, and animal track bandannas, and also a scavenger hunt. Seasonal programming can be found on the park website here.
National Trails Day (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more.