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Open space hike with naturalists planned for Jan. 29

Published January 24. 2012 05:01PM

DCNR/Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and Pocono Heritage Land trust is sponsoring Adventures to the Ancients: Pocono Area Old Growth Forest and Open Space Hike at noon, Sunday, Jan. 29.

Naturalists Bill Sweeney and Don Miller will explore and interpret the unique natural and cultural history of some of the finest old growth forests left in eastern Pennsylvania.

A special place lies hidden in Eldred Township near Kunkletown. It is the home of Jaclyn Mock and habitat for many other wonderful wild residents ranging from old fields to a young emerging forest to a steep ravine lined by 200 year old Hemlock trees.

Participants will witness the flowing waters of the Princess Run, a headwaters to the Buckwa Creek in the Lehigh River watershed as it tumbles over a series of steep shale outcrops creating a magical series of waterfalls.

Jaclyn Mock and her late husband, Walter, have cared for and protected the land for over 60 years.

It is now preserved for posterity through Monroe County's Open Space program.

Lehigh Valley residents can meet at noon at the Jacobsburg EE Center main parking lot just off the Saylorsburg exit of Route 33 South.

Registration is required. Contact Bill Sweeney at Jacobsburg EE Center at 610-746-2808 or by email at

All "Adventure to the Ancients" hikes are free with donations asked to support the Pocono Heritage Land Trust's Preserve Management and Land Conservation Fund.

Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions, wear sturdy comfortable hiking boots and bring water and snacks.

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