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Bethel group invites walkers to Sand Creek Trail for national event

September 11th, 2017


NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As it does every year, the committee that oversees Bethel College’s Sand Creek Trail (SCT) will participate in a national day dedicated to physical activity in nature, through National Trails Day®.

The annual event takes place this year on June 3. The SCT Committee joins the American Hiking Society’s 25th National Trails Day® in honor of national trail systems in the United States and Canada, and its supporters and volunteers.

On “Walk Sand Creek Trail Day,” SCT Committee members will be at the trailhead in Memorial Grove between dawn and dusk (6 a.m.-8 p.m.), where they will have water for walkers – both humans and dogs – and be available to answer any questions about the trail.

Plan to start National Trails Day® on Sand Creek Trail early, with the first-Saturday bird walk. Birders should meet at 6:30 a.m. June 3 in the parking lot of Kauffman Museum on the Bethel campus.

Experienced local birders Gregg Friesen and Rod Wedel will lead walkers through Chisholm Park and then on Sand Creek Trail, finishing at or near the trailhead in Memorial Grove.

National Trails Day®, a trademark of American Hiking Society, is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. American Hiking Society believes these trail experiences can improve the lives of every American.

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.

By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day® attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards.

The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the United States requires the collaboration of trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience.

To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit

For more about Sand Creek Trail, see www.bethelks.edu

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