Saturday, December 2, 2023

Venture the outdoors and learn about the environment – it’s ‘Forest Explorer Friday’ y’all

(WYDaily/ Gabrielle Rente)
The Greensprings Interpretative Trail connects to the Powhatan Creek Trail, with bridges running over creeks and waterways. (WYDaily/ Gabrielle Rente)

If you’re getting cabin fever again, then you might want to traverse the many walking and hiking trails James City County has to offer.

Or you can learn a little bit about your environment while you walk.

James City County Parks and Recreation is keeping up their Forest Explorer Fridays. This month, they are meeting at the Greensprings Interpretive Trail on Sept. 18 for a free educational hike.

Forest Explorer Fridays are on the third Friday of each month from March to October.

The educational hikes are typically led by Virginia master naturalists who work on staff. They are not able to lead the hikes this year, but Christopher McKnight, park coordinator for Freedom Park, will be leading the Greensprings Interpretive Trail hike.

“We’ll be talking about creeks and waterways to our area specifically, with regards to brackish water, tide changes, biodiversity, and things of that nature,” McKnight said.

Groups are usually from five to 20 people on average, but because of a drop in the program, McKnight said they will still run the hike with one to 35 people.

Hikers will be gathering at the trailhead at 3751 John Tyler Highway, behind Jamestown High School. The hike will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., weather permitting.


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