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Katonah Library Presents Lecture On Walkable Westchester

Jane and Walt Daniels, authors of "Walkable Westchester," will give a free talk on hiking at the Katonah Village Library on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Jane and Walt Daniels, authors of "Walkable Westchester," will give a free talk on hiking at the Katonah Village Library on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed

KATONAH, N.Y. -- Bedford Audubon and the Friends of FDR State Park will welcome Yorktown residents Jan and Walt Daniels on Wednesday at the Katonah Village Library for a free public talk on hiking in Westchester’s parks and trails.

Jane and Walt Daniels are the authors of "Walkable Westchester," a handbook of the 200 parks in the county suitable for hiking and walking. The more than 600 miles of trails offer a range of opportunity, from accessible trails for mobility-impaired users to rugged hilly terrain, through woodlands, wetlands, fields, meadows, or along streams, ponds and lakes, and shorelines.

The Danielses are hikers, devoted to the outdoors and committed to the protection of open space. They began volunteering for the New York New Jersey Trail Conference in 1979, first as a team and then with separate responsibilities.

They started a project in Yorktown to build a trail system connecting open space around the Taconic State Parkway in 2010. Parks in the system include Sylvan Glen Park Preserve, Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve, the North County Trailway, FDR State Park and Granite Knolls Park. The project is a joint project with the Westchester Mountain Biking Association.

Bedford Audubon has celebrated the natural heritage of the lower Hudson Valley and provided conservation excellence to the communities of northern Westchester and eastern Putnam counties for more than a century.

Today, Bedford Audubon continues to be the local authority of birds and habitat and manages nearly 600 acres of wildlife habitat in four sanctuaries, with more than seven miles of trails open to the public.

Friends of the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and Donald J. Trump State Park support the maintenance, operations, enhancement and improvement of the parks, promote educational programs that encourage the protection and conservation of natural resources, and provide recreational activities for park visitors.

No registration is necessary for the event. Please bring a reusable mug to help reduce ecological impact.

Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:30 in the library's Garden Room.

The Katonah Village Library is at 26 Bedford Road, Katonah.

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