Hike-a-thon Invites Everyone to Get Outdoors November 26-28
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA — Looking for a great way to enjoy a late-fall weekend in a fun and healthy way? Check out Mass Audubon’s annual “Hike-a-thon,” taking place Friday through Sunday, November 26-28.
For this year’s Hike-a-thon, Mass Audubon continues to mark its 125th Anniversary by inviting individuals and families to discover the benefits of time spent outdoors by hiking at least 1.25 miles over the three-day period (or all at once!).
During the pandemic, more and more people have found respite and solace in nature; they’ve learned a simple walk in the woods or a park can do wonders for mental and physical health.
In its five-year Action Agenda, Mass Audubon has committed to substantially growing the number of people from all backgrounds and experiences who connect with nature, including those who have not traditionally enjoyed access.
As part of Hike-a-thon, people can hike anywhere over the three days; the statewide conservation organization also is offering registration-required free guided hikes at select Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. Participants who sign up to participate in Hike-a-thon are also eligible for a drawing to win a free guided hike at a future date for them and eight friends.
Mass Audubon’s more than 60 wildlife sanctuaries can be found throughout the Commonwealth, from Cape Cod and the Islands to the Berkshires.
The sanctuaries invite visitors to enjoy a remarkable array of rambles that show off the natural beauty of the Bay State: coastal walks along bays and across salt marshes; short hikes around a pond for newcomers; woodland paths that follow whispering streams before ascending to clearings where hikers are rewarded with memorable views; and All Persons Trails across the state that welcome people of all ages and abilities.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.