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City to sponsor nature walks

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, September 25, 2017

Nature lovers can get guided tours at Battle Park every first Saturday of the month until the end of the year.

The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department is offering nature walks at Battle Park from 10 a.m. to noon led by Naturalist Tom Stutz. The walks will highlight identification and uses of trees, plants, wildlife and more.

The walks have had a great turnout in the past and organizers expect a great season this year, said Sheila Long, recreation supervisor for the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.

“We are excited to continue our nature-based programs,” Long said. “We really hope people will come out and enjoy all Battle Park has to offer.”

Dates for the walk are set for Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.

Environmentally-minded folks can show up early Oct. 7 and participate in the Twin Counties Big Sweep Challenge.

The 8 a.m. event is a way for participants to clean up or improve sites at Battle Park, said Cornelia McGee, coordinator for Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

Organizers will provide the necessary supplies for volunteers who should meet at the Battle Park boat ramp, located at the end of Battle Park Lane.

“When everybody gets involved, a few hours can make a big difference,” McGee said.

To register for the Big Sweep Challenge or the Big Sweep, call McGee at 252-467-4960.

The nature walk is free and open to the public.

Anyone interested in the walk should meet in the Battle Park boat ramp parking lot. In the event of rain, attendees should meet at Battle Park Shelter C. Battle Park is located at 1308 Falls Road. The boat ramp parking lot and shelter C are located on Battle Park Drive.

For more information, call 252-972-1367.

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