Escape the heat and explore on the next Adventures to the Ancients free open space hike to Adams Creek, one of the more outstanding natural escarpment stream and headwater deep forest riparian areas found within the DWNRA on Sunday, July 31 from 1-5 p.m.

Participants will break a sweat as we do some steep climbing to complete a total of five miles of hiking. Interpretive discussions will include information on various riparian and deep woods, old growth plants and wildlife, escarpment stream habitats and the threats facing this and many National Park Service areas including non-native plants and pests and management strategies for protecting vulnerable resources.

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, south of Wind Gap.

Pocono Area participants meet at 1 p.m. in the PA Visitors Center parking lot on River Road just off I 80 and Broad Street in Delaware Water Gap.

Watch for more information on the PHLT Website (www.phlt.org) about the August to December hikes to places like the Hogback, Onsbach Woods, Pennel Run, Buckhill Falls, Tall Trees Trail, Stony Run, Tannersville Bog, Martins Creek and other Pocono area remnant old growth forest locations.