#10Trail Challenge focuses on local hiking hotspots
Posted on June 28, 2018
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SAWYER — Throughout the month of July, Chikaming Open Lands (COL) and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country are organizing the #10Trail Challenge, a program designed to highlight local hiking trails in Michiana while offering food prizes for participating.
At any time during July, participants in the #10Trail Challenge will hike any or all of the following 10 trails in the area: COL’s Robinson Woods Preserve, Jens Jensen Preserve, and Turtle Creek Preserve; Berrien County’s Galien River County Park and Love Creek Nature Center; Chikaming Township Park and Preserve and Harbert Road Preserve; Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s Kesling Nature Preserve; the Village of Three Oaks’ Hoadley Nature Trail; and Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve (in Michigan City).
Along the trail in each of these natural areas, COL and Rotary will install picture frame “selfie stations.” Participants are asked to take a photo of themselves at these stations, and tag COL on Instagram using #10trail and #chikamingopenlands, and/or post the photo on Facebook tagging @chikamingopenlands.
Those not using social media may email COL their photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. COL will track the photo submissions throughout the month. Participants who hike any three to four trails will win a free cup of coffee (or other beverage of their choice) at Infusco Coffee Roasters in Sawyer.
Those who hike any five to nine of the trails will receive a sandwich of their choice at David’s Delicatessen in New Buffalo. Participants who hike all 10 trails will win a pizza from Patellie’s in Three Oaks. Photo submissions will be tallied and prizes awarded on August 1, 2018.
Participants must register before beginning the #10Trail Challenge by filling out an online registration form, found on the website at www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge. Registration is available now through the end of July.
The #10Trail Challenge is the latest program in an ongoing partnership between COL and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country. Along with providing funding to support the program, Rotary volunteers have assisted in the planning process and in building and installing the selfie stations.
For the past two years, Rotary has also supported COL’s environmental education program for local elementary school children, the Mighty Acorns.
Chikaming Open Lands is the local land conservancy dedicated to preserving the open spaces and natural rural character of southwest Berrien County. COL works to protect and restore native plant and animal habitat, improve water quality, and permanently preserve ecologically signifi cant forests, prairies and wetlands, as well as prime farmland and other open spaces in this area. COL serves nine townships in southwest Berrien County, and has been instrumental in preserving 1,755 acres of open space since its founding in 1999.