For-Mar launches new monthly "Get Out and Hike" program

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BURTON (WJRT) - (01/05/2018) - For those hoping to start their 2019 off with some healthier New Year's Resolutions, For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is kicking off a brand new program to help.

"Today is our first get out and hike,” said Nicole Ferguson, the lead park naturalist at For-Mar. “It's a series of programs that we are going to be featuring different hiking locations, different hiking times, different hiking skills, basically a program that's geared towards getting people active outdoors."

Saturday's was the first day of the program and was originally scheduled to be a snowshoe hike but Mother Nature had different plans. At first Ferguson was worried it would affect attendance.

"We had over 75 people that showed up today to be a part of this. So that just shows that being active and outdoors is something that everybody is excited about."

Ferguson believes Get Out and Hike is a cheaper and a friendlier option to stay active.

"We think of the outdoors as our big green gym, we don't have to pay much to come especially For-Mar it's completely free to hike, these programs have a small charge to them," said Ferguson.

The cost will be between $3-5 and if you plan to attend monthly, you'll notice no hike will be the same.

"Things are going to be different,” said Ferguson. “In February we're going to be doing some Owl Prowling. So we're going to here and checking out For-Mar at night. In March we're going to do the opposite we're going to see what birds are out and be the early bird hike. We're going to be kind of changing it up each month so that we can show and highlight different areas and things going on at For-Mar during those months but also looking at other Genesee County Park Sites."

For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum is located on N. Genesee Rd near Davison Rd. in Burton.

Pre-registration is required for the monthly hikes and to register call (810) 736-7100 ext. 6 or online at

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