Nature hike is this weekend

Snakes and alligators will be on display this weekend. Photo/Special.

Southern Conservation Trust is hosting “Hike & Like”, an afternoon of free family outdoor fun Sept. 29 at Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City. Activities beginning at 2 p.m. include trail hiking, treasure hunt, and prizes.
The well-loved trails will offer hiking along Line Creek and among the exciting outcroppings. An experienced guide will highlight fascinating facts about our local ecosystem and wildlife habitats. Prizes for most unique wildlife species and seedpod spotted will be awarded.

Don’t miss your chance to see a diverse collection of live venomous and non-venomous snakes and alligators who call the Southeastern U.S. home. Presented by Southeastern Reptile Rescue’s Jason Clark at 3 p.m., you’ll be only feet away learning how to identify king snakes, rat snakes, corn snakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes and even an American alligator...most are found right here in our own backyards. Clark captivates the crowd with the reptiles and his rescue adventures while he teaches why we should appreciate and protect these often feared members of the animal kingdom. Donations to defray the cost of the program will be accepted.

Additional activities include a Treasure Hunt with prizes and refreshments. All activities are presented thanks to many sponsors and partners. Sponsors include BB&T. Partners include Urban Jungle, Play It Again Sports, and Outpatient Imaging.

Southern Conservation Trust is a Fayette County-based conservation nonprofit that owns, manages and protects 1,600 acres of farms, forests and environmentally sensitive land in the Southern Crescent. The Trust hosts environmental programs and enhances its four public use preserves in Fayette County with trails, overlooks and re-introduction of native species. As a regional land trust the Trust works with willing landowners to permanently protect open space that benefits the community and can offer tax benefits for the landowner.

“In today’s busy climate research indicates a decrease in the outdoor activity of our children and young people. It has been proven that young people who participate in outdoor activities benefit emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically,” 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.

Hike & Like takes place Sunday, September 29th , from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Line Creek Nature Area located off Ga. Highway 54 at MacDuff Parkway. To register or for more information visit www.sctlandtrust.org or info@sctlandtrust.org .