2019 Year of the Pollinators

The Portage Park District is pleased to present the Wild Hikes Challenge, a program designed to encourage healthy recreation in our parks and trails while showcasing Portage County’s rich natural heritage that we are working to conserve. The theme for 2019 is The Year of the Pollinators. We celebrate pollinators for the essential role they play in supporting life, and recognize the need to promote pollinator health across the landscape.

To participate, just walk, hike, skip, jog, run or stroll on 8 of the following trails before December 31st to earn a hiking staff (1st year) and/or a 2019 Wild Hikes medallion.

Hike on your own or join group hikes led by the Portage Trail Walkers (dates and times to be shared soon). You can join the hikes whether or not you take the Challenge.

Most of the designated trails are rated as easy, with length ranging from 1-3 miles. If hikers can’t make all of the listed trails, they are able to substitute up to 2 of the trails with ones of their own choosing within the Park District system. Suggested donations to help cover program costs are $5/medallion and $10/hiking staff. Our Foundation makes it possible to provide the hiking staffs and annual medallions. Hiking staffs are hand hewn by Hiram Farm workers in Hiram Township, Portage County OH.

To make a donation for a hiking staff and/or medallion, please make Checks out to:

Portage Park District Foundation
705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4
Ravenna, OH 44266

Download 2019 Wild Hikes Challenge Form