Get outdoors this win­ter with Berks County Parks & Re­cre­ation

The Hamburg Area Item - - Entertainment - From Berks County Parks and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment

Win­ter has shorter days; but we of­fer sev­eral ways for you to make the most of these days with some fan­tas­tic out­door re­cre­ation pro­grams. Our 2018 pro­gram­ming be­gins on New Year’s Day with a First Day Hike at An­ti­etam Lake Park with your pet! Then through the month we of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about snow­shoe­ing and cross- coun­try ski­ing, which are great ways to en­joy the snow. We’ll also show you how to dress for the weather and out­door re­cre­ation, since these ac- tiv­i­ties can warm you up aer­o­bi­cally.

Since we don’t know when and how much snow we may get in our area, we are cre­at­ing an email group of peo­ple in­ter­ested in go­ing snow­shoe­ing or cross- coun­try ski­ing if we get enough snow ( 6 inches or more). Sign- up for our Win­ter Re­cre­ation group by email­ing parks@ coun­ty­of­berks. com with your email ad­dress OR call 610374- 2944 ext. 2611 to leave a mes­sage.

We thank Nolde For­est EEC for use of their snow­shoes, and Buch­man’s Ski Shop for their con­tin­ued sup­port of our win­ter pro- grams. Berks County Parks and Re­cre­ation of­fers a va­ri­ety of pro­grams for all ages and in­ter­ests! Here is a list of our Jan­uary 2018 pro­grams, which may be resched­uled or can­celed due to ex­treme weather con­di­tions.

Sun­day, Jan­uary 14 — Snow­shoe­ing for Begin­ners ( North)

1: 00 – 3: 00 pm, Ca­bela’s and Kernsville Dam Re­cre­ation Area

Look­ing for an ac­tiv­ity that will take you outdoors to en­joy a snowy win­ter? Well look no fur­ther! Come to Ca­bela’s in Ham­burg for an in­tro­duc­tion to snow­shoe­ing. We will dis­cuss and take a look at types of snow­shoes, as well as trekking poles, footwear, and cloth­ing that will keep you com­fort­able when par­tic­i­pat­ing in this fun­filled ac­tiv­ity. Af­ter our in­door ses­sion, we will re­lo­cate to the Kernsville Dam Re­cre­ation Area to put our newly learned skills to use. If there is no snow we will go for a short hike. Please pre- reg­is­ter by Jan­uary 10th by call­ing 610- 3742944 ext. 2611. Co- spon­sored with Ca­bela’s and Blue Moun­tain Wildlife

Sun­day, Jan­uary 21 — Cross- Coun­try Ski­ing for Begin­ners

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