The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is an annual outdoor learning experience, now in its 60th year. It combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities, centered around Allegany State Park’s Camp Allegany on the Red House side of the park. This traditional weekend of natural history and outdoor education welcomes both the experienced naturalist as well as the inquisitive beginner.
Arrive at the pilgrimage and you are instantly part of a community; there is a sense of family. Each nature enthusiast is eager to explore the forests, fields, lakes, and streams, to share knowledge, to embrace learning, to celebrate this incredible planet, and to soak up the salve that nature is to the soul. Old friends reunite; new friends are made. Evenings you might attend a presentation under the big tent in the company of hundreds of pilgrims. Other times of the day – from early morning to late at night – you choose from dozens of small-group programs. You might sit and talk, or take a hike. Some programs are designed to last an hour and a half. There are also field trips that last four hours. Nature topics include trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks and signs, mammals, geology, astronomy, ecology, and more. You might also find a class in yoga, paper-making, photography, and more.
For more info, and to register, visit www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.