The Richmond Register

November 10, 2013

A walk in the park

Richmond Parks, EKU host educational hike

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Richmond’s Parks and Recreation Department, along with volunteers from Eastern Kentucky University, hosted a nature walk Saturday afternoon to educate families on local plant and animal life.

Parks assistant Chris Cantrell led about 30 people on a hike along Camp Catalpa Park’s half-mile trail, stopping along the way to highlight local plants and point out signs of animal life in the area.

Children were given paper bags to collect bits of nature as they walked. When they returned to the park’s shelter, the children found craft stations for them to create something out of what they found in the woods.

In addition to crafting, EKU volunteers set up educational stations displaying different types of rocks found in Kentucky and offering information about the local ecosystem. Participants could also make s’mores over a campfire at the shelter.