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For Release: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

First Accessible 'Healthy Hike' Set For Friday at Five Rivers Center

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites people with limited mobility to join in a free guided tour of woodland trails on Friday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road in Delmar. The event is organized in partnership with the Capital District Center for Independent Living to encourage people of all abilities to explore the great outdoors.

DEC staff will lead the hike at a relaxed pace so that people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids may participate. The group will meet at the new Guided School Program Building at the far end of the parking lot. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and will need to provide their own transportation.

The hike is the first of monthly "Healthy Hikes" planned over the next several months by the Capital District Center for Independent Living which encourages people to experience independence by spending time outdoors in natural settings. Future hikes include visits to Nelson Swamp Unique Area in Madison County and John Dillon Park in the Adirondacks.

The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is a designated Watchable Wildlife site and has a wide variety of hiking opportunities, including two wheelchair-accessible trails, benches for resting, accessible restrooms and educational exhibits at the visitor's center.

For further information, contact DEC's Access Coordinator Carole Fraser at 518-402-9428.

For directions to Five Rivers Environmental Education Center see DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/54990.html or call (518) 475-0291.

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