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Hilliard, OH 43026

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- 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 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 ages 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.


SEPT HIKE DETAILS:
- Terrain: Grass and gravel. Path is flat. Wheelchairs and strollers can be pushed with little effort.
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Trail Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
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Restroom available: Yes, but no running water.
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Activities: Naturalist-led 1 mile 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.


REMINDERS AND NOTES:

- 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 in Ohio. Always do a tick check immediately following any outdoor activity.
- 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.


LOCATION & DIRECTIONS:

*Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Darby Bend Lakes entrance.*
2755 AMITY ROAD, HILLIARD OHIO 43026

Directions can be found here
Park map is here
Meet up point: Follow the park road until it dead ends and we will meet at the picnic shelter next to the restrooms.

*Please note, our meetup point is NOT in the main park. We will meet at Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park. Google Maps or your GPS may take you just down the road from the entrance to our meetup. See above map for details.

- From I-70 turn right onto Plain City Georgesville Rd./St Rt.142.
- Go 2.25 miles past the main park entrance.
- Turn right onto Lucas Rd.
- Turn right at the stop sign onto Amity Rd. and Darby Bend Lakes entrance is a 1/2 mile on the right.
- Follow the park road until it dead ends and we will meet at the picnic shelter next to the restrooms.

QUESTIONS?
ECRN+ Family Support Team
» Name: Amanda Biel or Cassie Kranz
» Email: abiel@ymcacolumbus.org ckranz@ymcacolumbus.org
» Phone: 614.835.6073 614.300.7867

Metro Parks Staff
» Jen Rosa - Metro Parks Naturalist
» Email:
rosa@metroparks.net


Hosted by: Metro Parks and ECRN+

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