GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Grandfather Mountain is pleased to continue this years’ Summer Saunter guided hike series with “Looking through the lens of Henry David Thoreau.”

            This interesting hike takes place on June 22, just a day after the first official day of summer.  Guests will be delighted to embark on a fun and interactive walk along the Black Rock Trail, exploring nature the way the great naturalist and ecologist Henry David Thoreau might have done more than 150 years ago around Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

            Thoreau was famous for his work in relatively small sections of wilderness within developed parts of the country.  He would write about a small bit of land between a road and a train track as if it was an uncharted wasteland, miles from civilization.

            “You don’t have to be in a massive wilderness to explore nature,” said Director of Education Jesse Pope. “You can make limitless fascinating discoveries in your own backyard.”

            Thoreau has been a remarkable source of inspiration and guidance for many young naturalists, and has provided valuable contributions to science through his theory of succession and in many other ways.

            On June 22, Summer Saunter participants will take a stroll through the high elevation forests of Grandfather Mountain to ponder what Thoreau may have found interesting in such an environment.

            This hike series is free with regular admission to Grandfather Mountain.  No reservations are required.  Interested guests should meet at Black Rock parking area at 11 a.m.  The program should last approximately 1.5 hours.

            The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.  For more information, visit www.grandfather.com or call 800-468-7325.

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