Hikers Opt for Healthy Start to 2019

Hikers Opt for Healthy Start to 2019

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People across New York celebrated New Year's day with some exercise at parks and wildlife areas.

140 hikers and some of their furry friends stepped into 2019 at Wellesley Island State Park.

“The first day of the year just gives you that little bit of motivation to be healthy, you know, to enjoy the nature that's out there,” said hiker Kimberly Denicola.

It's all part of the annual First Day Hikes program, which sponsors more than 75 hikes across the state.  Hikers got a chance to explore the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The center is open year round and has wildlife programs for kids.

Nature Center board member Joe Leskoske said, “It's a tremendous thing for the Nature Center and the North Country and it means a great deal to provide educational opportunities for especially the younger children in the north country.”

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