Community Hike and Ribbon Cutting for new section of Black Diamond Access Trail


The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) is inviting outdoor-loving people to participate in a community hike followed by a ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 10, 2022, in celebration of the new section of the Black Diamond Trail that connects Cayuga Nature Center to Museum of the Earth.

This summer, Marvin Pritts, a longtime volunteer at PRI, established a formal access trail from the Museum of the Earth down to the Black Diamond Trail in collaboration with Cayuga Medical Center and the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiast Network (BDTEN).

On Saturday, September 10th starting at 8:30am the community is invited to hike from Cayuga Nature Center access trailhead to the Museum of the Earth where there will be a small ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new trailhead. The ribbon cutting will take place after the hike around 10am at the start of the trailhead in the lower level of the Museum of the Earth parking lot. 

The hike is an estimated 3.5 miles each way from the Cayuga Nature Center to the Museum of the Earth. To join the hike, meet at the Cayuga Nature Center Bee Yard parking lot, view location on Google maps. There will be water and snacks at the Museum of the Earth trailhead. All participants will receive a complimentary pass to the Museum of the Earth.

There will not be transportation back to the starting point. Participants should plan to hike back to the Cayuga Nature Center lot or arrange for transportation back.



About the Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI and its two public venues for education, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, are separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach. 

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