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Hiking, stream ecology class set at Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Park will celebrate the American Hiking Society’s 22nd Annual National Trails Day with hiking, stream ecology, and educational events on Saturday, June 7.

Trails Day activities will begin with a bird hike at 8 a.m. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center.

A stream ecology class will collect and identify aquatic bugs, and the information will be used to determine the health of a stream, and will be recorded in the park’s official flora and fauna species list. Participants can anticipate getting wet during this exercise, and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Those participating in the class will meet at the Visitor Center at 1 p.m.

A hike on the Geological Trail is planned at 3 p.m., explaining how the Breaks gorge was formed, as well as what types of rocks, minerals, and geological formations can be found at the park. Participants will meet at Stateline Overlook. The hike is considered moderate, and closed-toe footwear is required.

Additional programs are planned throughout the day, including making bird feeders, and animal track bandannas. A snake program is planned, as well as a scavenger hunt. A full list of programs for the weekend can be found on the park website.

National Trails Day (NTD) is a celebration of America’s Trail System, on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Breaks Interstate Park is on the Kentucky – Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres and is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, visit www.BreaksPark.com.

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