Celebrate the day after Valentine’s Day out in nature. Bring a lover, a friend, or just bring yourself and join the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee for a walk as they trek through the Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy the beautiful forest right in the middle of Carmel. The hike for nature lovers begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Hikers can meet in the sanctuary parking area, located just off Fair Street. Should the small lot be full, leave vehicles at the Carmel High School lot, a short walk from the preserve entrance.

“It is extraordinarily beautiful right here where we live, even in the midst of winter,” said KCAC Chairperson Beth Herr. “Come join this excursion through the winter world and learn some history, too. We will be walking over the old Putnam County fairgrounds, by the railroad that never was, and under the “wolf” oak trees,” she said.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and wear warm clothing and good hiking shoes.

Because this is a wildlife sanctuary, pets are not allowed. A light snowfall would provide a canvas for animal tracks, but deep snow or an icy coating would postpone the hike. Should a weather event occur, KCAC hike subscribers will receive an e-mail alert. Non-subscribers should check the KCAC website after 11 a.m. on the day of the hike at kentcac.info/wp. Contact Herr at 845-228-5635.

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