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This Weekend: Hikes, Birds and Prepare to Get Lost

You may be planning on eating too much next week, making this weekend a good time to get outside and walk. The following area organizations have activities planned this weekend. Remember to check their websites for details, as some require pre-registration and some charge fees.

On Saturday morning, you can head to Churchville Nature Center or John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to explore the area with birding experts, or participate in Beginning Birding for Adults at Palmyra Cove Nature Park. On Sunday afternoon, the staff at Rancocas Nature Center will teach you about the eight species of owls that over-winter in New Jersey.

Rancocas Nature Center and Natural Lands Trust (NLT) are offering hikes on Saturday morning; NLT will be talking turkey at ChesLen Preserve. In the afternoon, Friends of the Wissahickon have planned a kid-friendly hike along Forbidden Drive. On Sunday afternoon, the Wissahickon Watershed Association has tours and a trail walk planned at the Evans-Mumbower Mill.

Silver Lake Nature Center wants to make sure you are well prepared and on Saturday afternoon can teach you how to build a natural shelter if you are lost in the woods.

Kimberly Yavorski
Kimberly is a freelance writer, mom of four and former Girl Scout Leader. She loves the outdoors and believes that we would all be happier and less stressed if we took more time to "just be" in nature. You can find more of her work at