Monday, September 20, 2010

Bike & Hike at Line Creek Nature Area

Fun, family outdoor activities

Southern Conservation Trust is hosting “Bike & Hike”, an afternoon of free family outdoor fun, on Sunday, October 3rd at Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City, GA. Activities beginning at 2:00 PM include a bike ride, a guided nature hike, a nature treasure hunt with prizes and door prizes.

There will be two guided bike rides - a family/beginner ride and a longer route for intermediate riders. Riders will leave Line Creek Nature Area at approximately 2:30 PM. The shorter route will take approximately 45 minutes round-trip. More experienced riders will enjoy the cart paths south of the Nature Area along Flat Creek Nature Area on a 1 ½ hour ride.

Helmets are required. Prizes will be awarded for best helmet, most riders in one group and youngest/oldest riders.

Hikers won’t be left out. An experienced guide will help visitors explore one of the trails in the Line Creek Nature Area. Mike Swanson will highlight fascinating facts about Line Creek’s unique ecosystem and wildlife habitat.

Additional activities include a fun Nature Treasure Hunt for the kids with prizes. Bike & Hike sponsors include Synovus/Bank of Coweta, Bank of North Georgia and Brent Scarbrough & Company. Refreshments will be provided by Bruster’s Ice Cream and Rita’s Ice.

Southern Conservation Trust is a Fayette County-based conservation nonprofit that owns, manages and protects 1400 acres of farms, forests and environmentally sensitive land in the Southern Crescent. The Trust hosts environmental programs and enhances its three public preserves in Fayette County with trails, overlooks and re-introduction of native species. As a regional land trust the Trust works with willing landowners throughout the South Metro area to permanently protect open space that benefits the community and can offer tax benefits for the landowner.

“In today’s busy world it’s tough to find time to get outdoors, especially for children. Research shows people benefit emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically from enjoying nature,” explained Pam Young of the Trust. “You don't need to throw out your child's iPod, cell phone or video games but we do need to include outdoor activities as a way to strike a balance.” Start now, come out and enjoy the afternoon at Line Creek Nature Area.

Bike & Hike takes place Sunday,October 3rd , from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Line Creek Nature Area, located off Highway 54 at MacDuff Parkway, Peachtree City. Rain date is October 17th. To register or for more information visit or call the Trust office 770-486-7774.
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