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19 August 2014  

7th Annual Hiking Spree Kickoff Saturday, September 6th at the Highlands Center, Recognizing 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Encourages Friends and Family to Explore New Wilderness Areas

PRESCOTT, AZ – August 18, 2014 – This year’s Hiking Spree enthusiasts will start their morning at the Highlands Center at 9:00 AM, September 6th with a free presentation by Sam Frank, Central Arizona Director for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC), in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “This presentation will include inspiring photos, history of the AWC, take-home maps, and a Q&A session. As it is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Hiking Spree will have a special focus on wilderness trails, with six wilderness trails (two new and four previous trails), chosen for hikers to explore,” commented Dave Irvine, Executive Director. A Highlands Center naturalist will lead the first hike following the presentation.

“Participants hike at least eight of the 12 provided hikes and then can enter into a drawing for a $200 gift card to the Hike Shack. Trails consist of various skills but at least eight are fine for any participant,” Irvine added. Participants do not have to complete the hike to count it. Entry for the drawing will close on December 10th, and then within a week one participant will have a $200 gift certificate to the Hike Shack. Hikers can pick up forms at the kickoff event, or at the Highlands Center’s Benson Family Nature Store, Hike Shack, or the Prescott National Forest Offices on Cortez Street.

“Several of the hikes this year have been highlighted for families, and are a wonderful way for new and avid hikers alike to explore new trails and be invigorated for the upcoming winter holiday season. Trail maps will be provided highlighting interesting points along the way,” Irvine added. Pre-registration is required for the free bi-monthly guided hikes also available. Check highlandscenter.org for dates.

Color map packets will be available at the Highlands Center for $5; Wilderness Map packets will be available at the Highlands Center for $3; Maps and all information will be downloadable off the Internet. Black and white copies will be available at the Prescott National Forest Cortez Street office and at the Hike Shack. Once Hikes are complete, participants are able to purchase a special hiking medallion for their hiking stick.

About The Highlands Center for Natural History

Formed in 1996, the Highlands Center for Natural History is a non-profit organization developed to foster an appreciation for and knowledge of the natural wonders of the Central Highlands of Arizona. Operating on an 80-acre campus near Lynx Lake through a Special Use Permit with Prescott National Forest, the Highlands Center is a regional hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite discovery of the wonder of nature through on and offsite programs, supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners. Visitwww.highlandscenter.org http://www.highlandscenter.org/ for more information.

This year’s Hiking Spree medallion features the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.