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All Things ASP: Allegany Nature Pilgrimage June 3-5

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Love Allegany State Park? You’re not alone! New York’s largest state park is a home away from home for many, and if you’re looking for a great way to learn more about it, now’s your chance! The 58th annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage takes place June 3-5.

Sponsored by Buffalo Audubon, Jamestown Audubon, Presque Isle Audubon, and Burroughs Nature Club, the pilgrimage is a weekend full of nature workshops, guided hikes and so much more, with “home base” being Camp Allegany on the Red House side of the park.

In the evenings, you might attend a presentation under the big tent in the company of hundreds of attendees. Other times of the day — from early morning to late at night— you choose from dozens of small-group programs. You might sit and talk, or take a hike. Some programs are designed to last an hour and a half, and there are also field trips that last four hours. Nature topics include trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks and signs, mammals, geology, astronomy, ecology, and more. You might also find a class in yoga, paper-making or photography.

Weekend admission for the pilgrimage is $40 for adults ($25 per day), or $5 for kids and teens ages 5-18. Lodging is not included, but be sure to visit reserveamerica.com to see what camp sites and cabins are  available in the park.

All this learning will make you work up an appetite, so plan ahead by bringing a picnic, or plan to treat yourself. Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs at noon on Saturday, and there is a chicken or vegetarian meal you can pre-order for Saturday evening. You can also stop by the Park Restaurant in the Red House Administration Building for a variety of soup, salads, entrees and much more.

What better way to enjoy ASP than a weekend full of informal field trips, including birding, wildflowers,pond life, mammals, butterflies, fungi, family nature walks, evening tent programs on Friday and Saturday, owl prowls, star gazing, early morning bird walks, bird banding demonstrations and much more?! Don’t miss this action-packed weekend that comes only once a year.

To register and pre-order Saturday dinners, or for more information, visit www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com or contact Marcia Nixon at (716) 304-1257.

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