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Pride Hikes: Shelburne Bay Park
June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
LGBTQIA++ hikers are gathering again in person to hike Shelburne Bay Park’s accessible Recreation Path in Shelburne, Vermont. It starts at the mouth of the LaPlatte River, then meanders along the edge of the woods, running past lovely, rolling meadows. The trail ends at a beach with picnic tables, an opportunity to dip your toes in the water, and lovely views of Lake Champlain. And, yes! There will be a post-hike creemee outing.
Please register in advance for COVID contact-tracing purposes. Your information will be kept confidential and used only for COVID-19 tracing. To hold your spot, email Gwendolyn Causer at Audubon Vermont: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pride Hikes are a collaboration between Audubon Vermont, the Pride Center of Vermont, and Outright Vermont. Pride Hikes have been happening every month since June of 2018 and go beyond being “welcoming to everyone” to creating a safe, affirming space for LGBTQIA++ community members. All ages, allies, and families welcome! Youth under 18 years should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing, bring a mask (see more COVID details below), bring snacks and plenty of water! Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.
Trail/accessibility information: The trail is 2.8 miles out and back. It is nearly flat, quite wide, and composed of crushed gravel. A trail map and brochure is available here. For those looking for a more challenging/difficult loop, there’s potentially an option to hike a steep, rocky trail to the top of Allen Hill. We’ll check in with the interest of the group on the day of the hike.
COVID Safety: We are committed to our community’s health & safety.
Following CDC guidance, masking and physical distancing for fully vaccinated Vermonters is no longer required. The mandate remains in place for those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, including children who are not yet eligible for a vaccine.
We understand that some people – even those who are vaccinated, or those who have health concerns, or those who might just feel more comfortable – may choose to continue to wear a mask. We wholeheartedly support their decision and ask all program participants to be respectful of their choice. We recognize that the decision to wear a mask and comfort levels could change for individuals, even over the course of an event. Folks should feel comfortable to ask others to physically distance and/or wear a mask.
Please bring a mask to this event. If you do not have one, please reach out to staff and we will provide one for you.
Please do not attend if you are sick or symptomatic (with fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), if you have received a positive COVID-19 test result within the last 14 days, or if you have had contact with any other person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
We will be collecting COVID-19 contact tracing information from everyone when you register for the event. This information will be kept confidential and used only for COVID-19 tracing.
Your Pride Hikes co-hosts this month:
•Mike Bensel (he/him/his) – Pride Center of Vermont, Executive Director
•Gwendolyn Causer (she/her/hers) – Audubon Vermont, Teacher/Naturalist and Communications Coordinator
•Shel Pomerantz (any pronouns) – Outright Vermont, Operations Coordinator
•Willow Stein (they/them/theirs) – Pride Center of Vermont, Safe Space Advocate
Shelburne Bay Park. Photo: All Trails/Catie Joe