Turn Black Friday into Green Friday with a Guided Hike
On November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, instead of getting up in the wee hours of the morning to knock elbows with other shoppers in crowded stores, how about taking the kids for a walk in Harriman State park, where they’ll be rewarded with fresh air and sweeping views of Bear Mountain and the Hudson River? That’s just one of the upcoming guided family hikes in the park offered by the Nature Place and led by Roger Dubin, aka Mr. Natural NYC.
“What retailers want us to think of as Black Friday, the hiking community considers a chance to opt out of consumerism,” Dubin says. “In fact, REI, the outdoors co-op, is so committed to the restorative benefits of nature that it closes for business that day and pays its employees to go outside and play instead.”
Through its affordable guided hikes, the Nature Place offers New Yorkers regular opportunities to get out of the hectic city environment and de-stress in nature, he says. Participants can meet other outdoor-loving families, learn about local plants and animals, get good exercise in the fresh air, and enjoy their packed lunch with a beautiful view. All hikes take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Upcoming hikes include a trip to Torrey Memorial on Long Mountain on November 9, to West Mountain on November 29, and the Pine Swamp and Mine Loop on December 21.
Cost: $25/adult, $10/child. Registration required. For more information, email [email protected] or visit TheNaturePlace.com/hike.