We had an absolutely gorgeous day filled with friends, fossils, (and a frog) on our Pride Hike this month. The Goodsell Ridge and Fisk Quarry Preserves up in Isle La Motte did not disappoint!
Audubon Vermont celebrated Vermont's Pride Week in the Champlain Islands. We made an Island day of it by joining Nikki and Emoji for Drag Queen Story Hour in the morning, followed by our Pride Hike and Picnic in the afternoon.
We explored the trails at the Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve. This 85-acre preserve features access to 480 million year old fossils (the oldest reef fossils in the world) from the Chazy Fossil Reef. The easy, mile-long trail meandered through cedar forests, grassy meadows, and exposed rock outcrops where the fossils were found. It was the perfect, slow-paced setting to reconnect with folks at a COVID-safe social distance. We wrapped up our day at the nearby Fisk Quarry Preserve, just two miles down the road.
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 (and dogs) are welcome!