— Happy Hikers Club —
A FREE social and recreational program of Metro Parks & YMCA of Central Ohio (ECRN+)
At Happy Hikers Club, we believe that ALL children should have access to the outdoors in order to play and build lasting friendships, participate in positive physical activity, and experience the sensory wonders of nature. On the first Saturday of each month, Jen Rosa, Metro Parks Naturalist, will lead us on a short walk or roll to explore a new Metro Park trail. Families can build their circles of support and connect with one another through nature, in a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment.
Happy Hikers Club activities are tailored to children and youth 18 years and younger (but all are welcome!) alongside their family. We are an all-inclusive social club, with children and families of all abilities/disabilities, fitness levels, ages, backgrounds, cultures, etc. Metro Parks and ECRN+ staff and volunteers will ensure the pack stays together and is having fun along the way. Rewards (park buttons, club patch, water bottles, etc.) can be earned for hikers who attend multiple hikes.
SEPTEMBER HIKE DETAILS:
— Terrain: Grass and gravel. Path is flat. Wheelchairs and strollers can be pushed with little effort.
— Trail Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
— Restroom available: Yes, but no running water.
— Activities: Naturalist-led hike around the lake along with a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Light refreshments are provided to wake our bellies up for the walk! After the hike, we encourage families to pack their lunch and picnic in the park or bring their own fishing poles for fishing in the kids pond.
— Wear comfortable shoes (close-toed and close-heeled) and clothes for the weather and trail environment.
— Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, bug spray, etc. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND bug spray as tick season is in full bloom this summer! Always do a tick check immediately following any outdoor play in Ohio.
— Club will be cancelled in case of rain or inclement weather. Registered participants will be emailed the morning of the event in the case of cancellation. In addition, check facebook.com/ECRNplus for cancellation updates.
— This program is open to both children and their families with special needs as well as the general community-at-large. We encourage an inclusive approach to friendship and fun… the way it should be! :)
— This is a family friendly event. At least one adult caregiver must be present and attentive on the trail at all times.
*Prairie Oaks Metro Park*
~~ Park map is here: metroparks.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/BLN-parkmap
~~~Meet up point: Please enter at the DARBY BEND LAKES entrance. Follow the park road until it dead ends into a parking lot. We will meet at the picnic shelter next to the restrooms.
ECRN+ Family Support Team
» Name: Amanda Biel or Cassie Kranz
» Email: [email protected] [email protected]
» Phone: 614.835.6073 614.300.7867
Metro Parks Staff
» Jen Rosa — Metro Parks Naturalist
» Email: [email protected]