Ranger Rick will be at Griffith Park greeting participants in this Saturday's Hike & Seek event, a family-friendly one mile hike that includes exciting activities along the way including a scavenger hunt, nature games and crafts, and stations with volunteer naturalists.
"It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned hiking family, it’s a way to slow down those busy family schedules, enjoy being together, and appreciate the simple joys only nature can deliver," say Karoline Hurd, NWF's Director of Events.
During the hike, you can learn about local wildlife at the fun stop and study stations. Volunteers from Los Angeles Audubon will teach about birds, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles will offer activities about insects. Disney VoluntEARS will help participants learn about trees and the National Park Service will show people the wonders of frogs and amphibians. Friends of Griffith Park will introduce attendees to the mammals that live in their city, including it's most famous critter-P22, Griffith Park's resident mountain lion.
After the hike, Wildlife Care of Ventura County will be on-site with a live barn owl, screech owl, possum, skunk and a California king snake.
At basecamp, national supporter, REI, will offer a GORP Station where you can make your own trail mix, and NutriFit LLC will teach families about healthy eating on the trail. The National Wildlife Federation California will have a display about how you can help wildlife in your backyard, schoolyard, business or place of worship through the Wildlife and the City and Certified Wildlife Habitat programs.
Hike and Seek is a family outing that inspires a child’s sense of adventure by combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. The event brings families together for a few hours in the great outdoors for some fresh fall air and fun and provides an opportunity to rediscover nature.
People are encouraged to sign up at www.hikeandseek.org early to register and then show up ready to spend some family time in nature. The one mile go-at-your-own-pace hike will have interactive “Stop & Study” nature stations with engaging learning activities including fun nature crafts, live wildlife displays, and much more. Every child participant is given a Map & Mission Guidebook to direct their path and will receive an Honorary Junior Naturalist badge from Ranger Rick at the end of the hike.
Hike & Seek is made possible by support from Disney, REI, Mattel, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, and National Recreation and Park Association. Be Out There™ is NWF’s movement to reconnect families with the outdoors. NWF’s practical tools and information help make being outside a fun, healthy and automatic part of everyday life. For other helpful resources and to learn more about NWF’s goal to get 10 million more kids spending regular time in the great outdoors visit: www.BeOutThere.org.
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