The next Adventures to the Ancients walk will be on Sunday, April 17 from 1-5 p.m. at the Old Sciota Mill/McMichael's Creek.

An ancient forest dominated by Northern red oak and Eastern Hemlock grows along the steep slopes of the McMichael's Creek in Sciota. The extremely steep slopes along this creek prevented the complete clearing of trees so common in the early days of Pennsylvania logging.

You will enjoy an easy walk of about two miles traveling from fields to old growth forests along the beautiful McMichael's Creek and then travel ten miles downstream by car to another diverse old growth forest and calcareous wild flower area protected by Stroud Twp. as part of the Monroe County Open Space Program for a total hike experience of about four miles.

Adventures to the Ancients are free open space hikes led by Bill Sweeney, an old growth forest enthusiast, botanist and long-time DCNR naturalist with Jacobsburg E.E. Center and Don Miller, an open space advocate, long-time teacher, botanist and naturalist with Pocono Heritage Land Trust. hike participants will have an opportunity to explore both public and private old growth froest areas throughtout the Ponoco region and experience the natural beauty of these often forgotten or somethimes sceretive locations where the sawyers blades of foresters/lumbermen in decades past have left some small remnants of old tlal timber trees.

Registration is required. The program is free with suggested donations asked to support the Pocono Heritage Land Trust's Preserve Management fund. Contact Bill Sweeny, 610-746-2808 or by email wisweeney@state.pa.us.

Please dress appropriately for weather conditions, wear sturdy comfortable hiking boots and bring plenty of water and energy snacks.

All hikes are held snow, rain or shine.

Lehigh Valley participants meet at 12 p.m. at the Jacobsburg E. E. Center main parking lot located off Belfast Road. Pocono area participants, meet at 1 p.m. at the Old Mill parking area off Rt. 209 in Sciota.