College Walktober events offers visitors the great outdoors in Storrs

Walktober2017This October, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources will host three Walktober events, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the great outdoors on and near the UConn Storrs Campus.

Each year, The Last Green Valley, Inc., a federally designated National Heritage Corridor comprising 35 towns in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, organizes Walktober, a month-plus-long opportunity to explore the region with expert guides. Late September though early November, Walktober offers more than 220 walks, hikes, paddles, bike rides and more. This year, the College will sponsor three of these activities.

A view of Horsebarn Hill from July 2012.
A view of Horsebarn Hill from July 2012.

Two of the College’s Walktober offerings will take place during UConn’s Family Weekend. On Saturday, October 7, the UConn Chapter of the Student American Physical Therapy Association will offer its annual 5K run on the Storrs Campus. Participants may register online or at the event. Tshirts will be given to the first 50 people to register online, and prizes will be given for the top three male and top three female finishers. Registration is $10 for UConn students with ID and $25 for others. Check-in and onsite registration opens at 11:00, and the run starts at noon. For more information and to register, go to s.uconn.edu/sapta5k.

At 1:30 that day, the Horsebarn Hill Walk will take in the fall foliage and visit the animal barns. The walk, which is free and open to all, is an easy 1.5-mile amble, but does include an uphill stretch over rough pavement. Registration is voluntary but will allow notification in case of postponement to the following day due to weather. For more information and to register, go to s.uconn.edu/3ua.

Tom Worthley leads Natural Resources Conservation Academy participants in the UConn Forest.
Tom Worthley leads Natural Resources Conservation Academy participants in the UConn Forest.

On Saturday, October 14, Tom Worthley, extension educator in forest sustainability, will lead a hike in the Chaffeeville Tract of the UConn Forest. Hikers will learn about forest succession, forest management, the history of the UConn Forest and current forestry research at UConn. The hike is of moderate difficulty, with some hills. Hikers must be 12 or over. The event is free, but registration is required (maximum of 25). For information and to register, go to s.uconn.edu/ucforesthike.