5th Annual-Festival In the Forest

On Public Land’s Day, Public Invited to 5th Annual “Festival in the Forest” in the Tuskegee National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/alabama/FestivalInTheForest

The public is invited to the 5th annual “Festival in the Forest” in Tuskegee National Forest on September 22 (National Public Land’s Day) from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Taska Recreation Area in Tuskegee, Ala.  Bring the family to this popular event to celebrate cultural diversity, natural resources and environmental stewardship.  The USDA Forest Service and Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environmental and Nutrition Sciences are hosting the event that is being organized by college students who are volunteering in programs that promote the wise use of natural resources.

According to Tuskegee District Ranger Darrius Truss, “Festival in the Forest” participants can enjoy educational and cultural activities all in the backdrop of their national forest. On September 22 - Public Lands Day, families can picnic at Taska, hike an educational trail, exercise in the forest, learn cultural and environmental importance, take pictures with Smokey Bear and his friends; and spin, win and learn using the popular Forest Service interactive wheel.  A 5K “Fun Walk and Run” will kick off the “Festival in the Forest”.  Participants can register for the 5K activity by calling 334-727-2652.  In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. - Pleasant Hill Trail Activity – To promote exercising in the forest the “Festival in the Forest” event will kick off with a 5k Walk/Run on the Pleasant Hill Trail and end on the Bartram Trail heading to Taska Recreation Area. The first 20 participants who complete the trail will be recognized. 

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  – “Festival in the Forest” Activities – Take a selfie with Smokey Bear and Friends while enjoying outdoor recreational activities for all ages at the Taska Recreation Area. Learn about Tuskegee National Forest recreation activities, partnerships and volunteer opportunities with the USDA Forest Service. Guided educational tours will take place along the trail and the popular Forest Service interactive wheel - Spin, Win and Learn about natural resources will also be available.

For more information please contact USDA Forest Service at 334-727-2652/334-832-4470 or Tuskegee University, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences at 334-727-8453.