With participants coming from as far away as Texas for the weekend, the 55th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage promises to be worth the trip.
Hundreds of eager participants will gather for this annual outdoor learning experience on Friday through Sunday, May 31 – June 2, at Camp Allegany in the Red House area of Allegany State Park. The park’s cabins and campsites provide a home for many, while others commute from home or prefer local motels.
Dozens of knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts will lead hikes and field trips, offer classes and workshops, and present programs and demonstrations. Their topics will range from trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks, mammals, geology, astronomy and ecology to yoga, papermaking, photography, sketching and nature games. Participants are welcome to just relax, visit or hike, as well.
The park abounds with wildlife, and it is not uncommon to see deer, porcupines, raccoons and the occasional black bear. There are also incredible numbers of wildflowers, birds, butterflies and trees.
Volunteers from the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and the Buffalo, Jamestown and Presque Isle Audubon Societies organize the annual outing.
To register and for more information about the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, visit http://alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.
Reservations at the Red House area of Allegany State Park can be made from http://nysparks.com/parks/73/details.aspx, at http://www.reserveamerica.com/ or by calling 1-800-456-CAMP.