Mark Your Calendar: Friday-Sunday, May 31 - June 2, 2013
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Arrive at the pilgrimage and you are instantly part of a community; there is a sense of family. Each nature enthusiast is eager to explore the forests, fields, lakes, and streams, to share knowledge, to embrace learning, to celebrate this incredible planet, and to soak up the salve that nature is to the soul. Old friends re-unite; new friends are made.
Evenings you might attend a presentation under the big tent in the company of hundreds of pilgrims. Other times of the day - from early morning to late at night, you choose from dozens of small-group programs. You might sit and talk, or take a hike. Some programs are designed to last an hour and a half. There are also field trips that last four hours. Nature topics include trees, flowers, ferns, insects, birds, salamanders, reptiles, tracks and signs, mammals, geology, astronomy, ecology, and more. You might also find a class in yoga, paper-making, photography, sketching, nature games,...
Generally, you take care of your own lodging and food. But, the Boy Scouts sell hotdogs at noon on Saturday, and there is a Chicken or Vegan meal you can pre-order for Saturday evening. Learn more about weekend logistics by clicking --> here.
Always the weekend after Memorial Day, this event has been held at beautiful Allegany State Park for over fifty years.
The pilgrimage has been made possible through the efforts of volunteers from these organizations since 1959: