Free Guided Meadow Walks and Kayaking to Celebrate ‘Trail Day’ at White Lake on June 10

(HARDWICK, NJ – May 25, 2016) -- The Ridge and Valley Conservancy, the Warren County Health Department, and the Warren County Department of Land Preservation will partner to hold the Choose Healthy - Warren County Trail Day at the White Lake Natural Resource Area on June 10.

This event will start in the main parking lot on Stillwater Road (County Route 521) in Hardwick, NJ, and run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Trail Day will include free guided walks with local naturalist Dennis Briede at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and a free Introduction to Kayaking class at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Those interested in the kayaking class can sign up upon arrival on a first come, first served basis. The event is open to anyone; families and pets are welcome, and there will be a first aid station on site.

Trail Day began following the opening of two 30-minute walking paths on the White Lake park property in 2016.  These paths are meant to encourage the use of the surrounding environment to promote health and activity. “These paths are designed to encourage people who might normally be intimidated by hiking or who just want to get in a quick walk to enjoy the outdoors,” said Sarah Perramant of the Warren County Health Department. Also, visitors can now hike around the entire lake, with the recent addition of a trail on the lake’s western side.

The creation of the 30-minute paths, the Trail Day event, yoga at White Lake, and the free, public-use kayaks are part of the grant-funded project “Choose Healthy - Warren County.” These health initiatives are funded by Shaping NJ Healthy Communities, a grant program which is designed to help communities by enhancing the built environment and developing policies to support healthy eating and active living.

The grant supports collaborations and projects which strive to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and its primary purposes are to encourage healthy environments, behaviors and policies within communities and to increase funding for local level primary prevention.

More information about this event as well as updates on the rain date, June 11, and open kayaking times later in the season can be found on the Ridge and Valley Conservancy website or the Ridge and Valley Conservancy Facebook page.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Perramant
Public Health Epidemiologist
908-475-7960