Date(s) - 09/15/2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Help the Friends celebrate the 21st anniversary of the establishment of Sterling Forest State Park! We have a full day of events planned from early morning to late afternoon.
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friends of Sterling Forest Information Booth
Begin your visit to Sterling Forest with a stop at the F.S.F. Information Booth where you can register for today’s programs, chat with our members and learn about the mission of the F.S.F. We will also have Voter Registration forms available. Visit the Park’s beautiful Visitor’s Center; see the “living map” and exhibits about the iron mining. A movie about the History of Sterling Forest will play throughout the day. Refreshments will be available.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Lecture: Reading the Woods
Who is living in the woods? How do you know what is there or what is not there? You just need to know what to look for! Come and learn the telltale signs of the forest so that next time you hike, you will know what lurks in the woods you are walking in. For nature lovers and history lovers alike!
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hike: Bare Rock
Hike to Bare Rock Overlook and enjoy a spectacular view of Greenwood Lake and Bellvale Mountain! Join F.S.F. members, Gene Gouss and Susan Serico, on this moderately paced out-and-back hike of approximately 6 miles. Be sure to wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and bring a snack/lunch and water.
10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon Hike: Reading the Woods
Doc Bayne will follow-up the morning presentation with an easy 2-mile hike where you can find the signs of what is lurking in the woods.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. South Point Hike
Take a short, family friendly, 0.4-mile easy hike with members of the F.S.F. to a rock ledge featuring views of Sterling Lake.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Drumming Circle
Join Margaret Johnson in our second drumming circle. Drum circles are a lively and creative way to bring people together. No prior drumming experience is needed to join in the beat! Drum circles are fun, no-judgment zones where rhythm, energy and spirit blend seamlessly into a common language of joy. Margaret will bring 20+ percussion instruments. If you have a drum of your own, please bring it.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hike: Eagle Lake Loop
Join the Friends for a family friendly, 0.5-mile easy walk around Eagle Lake. Part of the trail is paved.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Chain that Saved the Colonies
Join Doc Bayne for a PowerPoint presentation, with his latest discoveries, on The Chain That Saved the Colonies.
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hike: Sterling Forge Site
Doc Bayne will follow-up the afternoon presentation with a visit to the site of the Sterling Forge, where the “Great Chain” was forged. We will carpool and then walk the site.