Strenuous hike set for Sunday

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:18

    RINGWOOD-The Weis Ecology Center invites everyone to join Don Weise on Sunday, Jan. 2 for a strenuous six to nine mile hike. Resolve to celebrate the new year with this beautiful and challenging hike along one of Harriman State Park's most spectacular trails. Crampons may be required. Hikers should meet at Weis at 9:30 a.m. The terrain is steep and the pace is fast; good cardiovascular fitness is required. Participants must dress appropriately for expected conditions (wind, water, or snow-proof layers). Pack a lunch and plenty of water. The cost of this hike is $8 per person, with a $3 discount for members of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information, or to register with a credit card, contact the Weis Ecology Center office at (973) 835-2160 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Visit them online at New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic; protects New Jersey's birds, animals, and plants (especially endangered and threatened species); and promotes the preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats. NJAS is a privately supported, not-for-profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, it is one of the oldest independent Audubon societies. With more than 20,000 caring and committed members, NJAS is one of the largest and most effective conservation organizations in the state. Find the NJAS center nearest you by visiting or by calling NJAS Headquarters at 908-204-8998. The Weis Ecology Center is one of nine staffed centers operated by the New Jersey Audubon Society Specializing in full-day and residential environmental education programs for schools, scouts and other youth and adult groups, Weis is also recognized for its popular public programs for adults, kids and families. The Weis Visitors Center, open during business hours, houses their turtle, snakes, seasonal exhibits and an NJAS Nature Store featuring field guides, bird feeders and accessories, kid stuff, regional trail maps and more.