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Delaware & Lehigh - A Year of Health & Heritage

This past season, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DLNHC) and Get Your Tail on the Trail (GYTOT) tried something new with the support of St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN): Health & Heritage Walks!  

This initiative was inspired by the monthly historical walks held at the National Canal Museum. For the past few years, folks could pay a small fee to join one of our museum educators for a leisurely walk along the D&L Trail in Hugh Moore Park. As the group walked, the educator would share the history of the canal or the history of the island.  

GYTOT loved this model of exercise and learning. With the help of SLUHN, we were able to expand this program and make it free.  

The walks were a great success. Two were held each month, one at Hugh Moore Park and one somewhere else out along the Corridor. Various topics and locations up and down the Corridor were picked for historical and geographical reasons. Topics included the Glendon Iron works at Hugh Moore Park, the geological rock history of our region, the history of Bushkill Park, birding, trail updates, and more. Most of the walks took place on Saturdays and lasted about 1 to 2 hours, covering about 1 to 2 miles. All walks were well-attended with excellent survey results from those who participated.  

Next year this program will continue. The schedule will be worked out soon and posted on DLNHC and GYTOT websites. Please join us for some Health & Heritage walks in 2024. 

Written by Whitney Davison, Education Manager

Whitney oversees all DLNHC educational programming at the National Canal Museum for both schools and communities, as well as the Get Your Tail on the Trail program and the Adopt a Section school program.