60th Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

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Event Date(s): Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 12:30pm
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2018 Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is an annual outdoor learning experience.  It combines fun with a variety of nature-oriented activities.  This traditional weekend of natural history and outdoor education welcomes both the experienced naturalist as well as the inquisitive beginner.  It is held at "Camp Allegany" in the Red House area of Allegany State Park. 

The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage began in 1959 and was attended by 70 participants. From those humble beginnings, the event has grown and has been going strong for over 50 years.  Now organized by volunteers from four nature-loving organizations, the annual event is held at Allegany State Park on the weekend after Memorial Day and it draws hundreds of participants.

“The Birdchick” Sharon Stiteler and “Paleo Joe” Joe Kchodl are the featured speakers at the 60th Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.  Stitler is the author of several books, including “1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know.”  She appears regularly on TV and radio, including outdoor news radio, “All Things Considered” and has been on the NBC nightly news answering bird questions.  She’s a blue ribbon beekeeper, and a part-time national park ranger at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.  She will give a presentation June 1 will also lead a morning field trip June 2.

Kchodl’s June 2 program will introduce animals, plants, and creatures that have been extinct for millions of years. He will lead hands-on activities through June 2 for all ages.

​Generally, you take care of your own lodging and food. To help you out, the Boy Scouts sell hot dogs at noon on Saturday, and there is a chicken or vegetarian meal you can pre-order for Saturday evening. Learn more about the logistics for the weekend on the Event Details page.

The window for booking your lodging at Allegany State Park is now open. Get your cabin or campsite now from the Park! You may find more selections of campground and cabin trails if you look now!  To reserve a cabin or campsite in Allegany State Park, contact Reserve America at 1-800-456-2267 or see their website

Not a camper but would still like to attend the pilgrimage weekend??  Check this link which lists hotels and motels close to Allegany State Park and tells how long it takes to drive from each to Allegany State Park!!

Should you have any questions, feel free to email them at alleganynaturepilgrimage [at] gmail [dot] com.  You can also call one of their committee members listed on the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage website www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com

For more information on this event please visit http://www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com/

This event will be held at:

Allegany State Park
ASP Rt. 2, Camp Allegany
Salamanca, NY 14779
United States
42° 6' 9.1332" N, 78° 43' 15.348" W
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