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					County of Rockland Youth Bureau

NEWS RELEASE
Date: April 20, 2009 For Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Galione 845-708-7307

Two guided group walks to take place this Saturday, April 25th
New City, NY – Two unique guided group walks will take place this Saturday, April 25th at Demarest Kill Park in New City and at Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack, beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. The first walk will be held at Demarest Kill Park in New City from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. This easy nature walk is a special event that is geared towards families with small children. Children will be entertained by Sparkle the clown, fake tattoos, Earth Day education, and a scavenger hunt. In addition free, healthy snacks and other prizes will be provided. Don’t miss this fun for all event co-sponsored by the Eat Well Play Hard Program of the Rockland County Department of Health. Walkers should meet in the parking lot. The afternoon walk at Hook Mountain State Park in Nyack from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. is geared toward the more serious hiker. Participants will traverse some steep and demanding terrain. The 7.5-mile strenuous loop will start from Nyack Beach State Park river level parking lot, participants should meet there. Please note, the parking lot may be crowded, so plan accordingly. The first 1.25-miles will track along the river before starting a gentle climb. This will be followed by a 1-mile climb from the river to the intersection of Rockland Lake’s Landing road and the Long Path. A brief (<1.0 mile) but very steep climb will follow to the top of the Palisades with a panoramic view of the Hudson River valley. From here, walkers will follow the Long Path as it meanders up & down for about 3.5-miles to the crest of Hook Mountain. Walkers will then descend 1.5miles to the parking area. For those looking for a less strenuous walk, you can return to the parking area before ascending the Palisades, an estimated distance of about 2.5 miles. Participants of both walks should wear proper footwear (close-toed shoes). It is recommended that Hook Mountain hikers wear hiking boots/shoes or sneakers/shoes with considerable tread. In addition hikers must bring water and snacks, and sunscreen is recommended. - more -

Guided Walks / Page 2 Walks are sponsored by the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Rockland County Youth Bureau’s AmeriCorps program and the Rockland County Department of Health’s Steps to a Healthier Rockland program. Pre-registration for walks is recommended, but not required. To register for upcoming walks call 845-708-7307. Stay tuned for a list of docent led guided walks for May and June. For more information about the guided walks visit www.rocklandsteps.org. You will receive notification of upcoming walks after registering to attend one guided walk. For more information about upcoming walks, including directions, please call 845-7087307 or e-mail rcamericorps@co.rockland.ny.us. For a copy of the brochure or for more information about the trails visit www.rocklandsteps.org.

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