Let’s Move! With Cornell Plantations RESCHEDULED
Join us as we kick off Cornell Plantations’ Let’s Move! Family Hike on Saturday, September 15 (rescheduled from September 8 due to threat of severe weather) from the Nevin Welcome Center at 2 pm (hikers are welcome anytime between 2 and 5 pm). Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama, dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids.
Visitors can stop in at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, located at 124 Comstock Knoll Rd. in Ithaca, and take a hike through one of Plantations’ best-known natural areas – Beebe Lake. This one-mile loop is perfect for families, with a gentle path, beautiful flowers and trees and spectacular views of the surrounding Cornell campus.
Along the way kids can have fun with a letter-boxing activity to search for hidden treasures and enjoy healthy snacks. The first 100 children to come on the hike will receive a free Let’s Move! t-shirt, along with a pedometer. All participating children will receive free gifts from YumEarth, and Yogurtland Ithaca.
“One of the many things that makes Cornell so special is its landscape. The gardens, trails, and natural areas cared for by Cornell Plantations are a rich resource for Cornell, our local communities and visitors worldwide. This Let's Move! family hike at Cornell Plantations aims to bring together the wonderful benefits of nature and physical activity, both of which are tremendously important in our own lives. We believe in Mrs. Obama's initiative to help families find ways to be happy and healthy together, and we think the Let’s Move! family hike at Cornell Plantations provides the perfect opportunity!"stated Dr. Robin Davisson.
In May of last year Mrs. Obama announced the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens partnership with the American Museum Association and the American Public Garden Association (APGA). The partnership provides opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about physical activity and healthy food choices through interactive programs and exhibits across the country, including here at Cornell Plantations, a member of the APGA.
“Plantations is thrilled to take part in the Let’s Move! initiative,” stated Sonja Skelly, director of education at Cornell Plantations. “Our arboretum, gardens, and natural areas are perfect places where families can come for a walk, a run, and some Vitamin N (for Nature) to increase overall wellness, physical activity – and most importantly to have fun!”
Let’s Move! combines comprehensive strategies with common sense, and is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices and helping kids become more physically active are among a few of the goals of Let’s Move! For more information about Let’s Move! visit www.letsmove.gov.
About Cornell Plantations:
Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is open daily (through September). For more information call 607-255-2400; visit cornellplantations.org; and find us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter and Pinterest @CUintheGarden.