PARK YOURSELF!

ALLEGANY ADVENTURE RUN
Saturday, May 7
9:30am-3:00pm
ASP 1 Art Roscoe Trail System
 
Runners take your mark as Western New York's trail running season kicks off inside beautiful and challenging Allegany State Park.  The 2016 Allegany Adventure Run features 6K, 13K and 26K (yes- a longer course featuring the new 3-mile section of single track!  The 26K course is not a duplicate of the 13K) trail running courses that will test every ounce of energy.  The rolling trails of the Art Roscoe Trail system feature wide multi-use trails deep in the Allegheny National Forest.  All races start and finish near the summit area inside the Red House section of the Park at the Summit Ski area. 
 
Pre-register to guarantee your place on the starting line and 2016 race t-shirt or come down on race day to register.  Runners from several surrounding states enjoy this almost endless array of non-technical trails and singletrack in a world-class setting.
 
Weekend lodging is available by booking directly through the Park at www.reserveamerica.com.  Several hotels in surrounding towns such as Salamanca, Ellicottville and Bradford, PA are within an easy driving distance.
 
For more information on this event or to register, head over to heartrateup.com.
 
 
I LOVE MY PARK DAY
Saturday, May 7
10:00am-1:00pm
ASP 1 Quaker Area
716-354-9101
 
Join in the fun at Allegany State Park and help clean up your favorite park for Spring!  “I Love My Park Day" is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s parks and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs.  Volunteers will celebrate the park system by cleaning up storm damage and other debris on park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.
 
Registration for this volunteer event is open online, or you can register the day of the event.  Various projects to improve and enhance the park experience for visitors will be assigned to volunteers and groups of volunteers.  Gardening and painting projects, along with invasive species removal will also be some of the work at hand. 
 
Check-In and registration will be held from 9:30-10:00am at the Red House Administration Building.  Projects will be worked on from 10:15am-1:00pm. Volunteers are asked to bring a snack and to wear work clothes appropriate for the weather conditions.
 
“If you spend time enjoying New York’s beautiful state parks and historic sites throughout the year, I hope you’ll take time on May 7 to give back,” said Governor Cuomo. “Our state parks are some of our most treasured resources, and it is our responsibility as citizens to preserve and care for them so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
 
Registration for I Love My Park Day can be completed by visiting
http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml.  For more information on this event please visit http://nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=1-15510.0 or call 716-354-9101
 
 
GEOBASH 11
Friday, May 20-Sunday, May 22
ASP 2 - Camp Allegany
 
Allegany State Park is beautiful all year 'round, but springtime is an extra special season. The trees, the animals, and the flowers are all things that are part of the GeoBash experience. There are many beautiful spots in the park and it's no coincidence that there are geocaches located in strategic spots all over the park. This is a Mega-Event Cache (more than 500 geocachers!!!)  
Start the weekend off with a Meet & Greet bonfire event Friday night, hosted again by The Allegheny Rangers.  On Saturday, the ASPGB XI event will take place at Camp Allegany, with plenty of activities planned. Along with lots of new geocaches, it should be a busy weekend. Sunday will play host to the traditional FREE pancake and sausage breakfast to get everyone up and going, and then there will be a CITO event to make sure we leave the park as nice (if not nicer) than we found it.
 
Come and stay the weekend or just for the day!  For more information on this event log onto Facebook and search “Allegany State Park GeoBash.”
 
 
58TH ANNUAL ALLEGANY NATURE PILGRIMAGE
Friday, June 3-Sunday, June 5
ASP Rt. 2 Camp Allegany
 
Where nature enthusiasts have gathered since 1959!  The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage began in 1959. Organized by O. Gib Burgeson and the Jamestown Audubon Society, the first event was attended by 70 participants. From those humble beginnings, the event has grown and has been going strong for over 50 years!  Now organized by volunteers from four nature-loving organizations, the annual event is held at Allegany State Park on the weekend after Memorial Day and it draws hundreds of participants.
 
Friday night's tent program features award-winning author and environmental educator Ken Keffer who will give a lighthearted presentation on his naturalist work from around the globe. Highlights will include coyote scats in the Tetons, flying squirrels in Alaska, monitoring black-footed ferrets for Ted Turner, chasing camels around the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and babysitting Kenn Kaufman's cats. Lowlights include getting shot at by prairie dog shooters and a brief stint with reality television. Ken will discuss conservation lessons gleaned from his experiences.
 
Saturday night, Robin Foster will speak on the Eastern Hellbender which is a unique aquatic salamander found only in the eastern United States. Hellbenders are “living fossils” that have remained virtually unchanged for millions of years, giving us a glimpse into our ecological past. Robin will discuss the natural history and conservation of this fascinating species and learn how we can aid in its conservation in the Allegheny region.
 
To reserve a cabin or campsite in Allegany State Park during this year’s Allegany Nature Pilgrimage, contact Reserve America at 1-800-456-2267.  Should you have any questions, feel free to email them to alleganynaturepilgrimage@gmail.com.
You can also call one of their committee members listed on the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage website, www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.
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