UCF’s Green Sanctuary and Adult RE Committees are pleased to announce a second 2021 spring nature hike, led by botanist and UCF member Tom Wentworth on Friday, June 18, 2021. We’ll hike the Roosevelt Nature Trail in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area at the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM and take about 2 hours, depending on how often we stop. The trail traverses one of the finest remnant tracts of maritime forest on the southeast Atlantic coast. According to Wikipedia, “The 1.5-mile (2.4 km) Roosevelt Nature Trail is accessed from [the] west end of the aquarium’s parking lot, and aquarium admission is not required to use the trail. The out and back trail transverses a dune ridge, through an old-growth maritime forest, and it takes hikers by sound-side and interior marshes.”
Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, and otherwise dress for the weather. Recommended comfort items include a water bottle, light snack, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, and sunglasses. If you enjoy birdwatching and photography, don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera. A light daypack is recommended for carrying all your “stuff.” Please bring an appropriate COVID-19 protective face mask; we’ll decide as a group whether or not we wish to wear masks. This trip is limited to 15 people, and you must pre-register for the trip, first come, first served. Please contact Tom Wentworth if you wish to participate, or if you have questions about the trip, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom will provide more information about the meeting location, liability waiver, etc. Please join us for a fun experience at a unique and beautiful natural area!