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Frequently Asked Questions About Hike & Seek

ABOUT THE EVENT

What is the Hike & Seek event?
What is the purpose of the event?
Are there official locations where Hike & Seek is being held?
Will there be food at the event?
Can someone talk to our team about the event?
How long is the event?

DAY OF THE EVENT QUESTIONS

Are pets, strollers, bicycles or skates permitted at the event?
What happens if it rains?
What should I bring to the event?
How should I plan on getting to the event?

VOLUNTEERS

What are the volunteer opportunities?
Are there volunteer opportunities for individuals as well as groups?
Is there a deadline for registering to volunteer?

REGISTERING FOR HIKE & SEEK

Is there a deadline for registering online for the discounted rate?
Is my registration tax-deductible?
What’s the difference between registering online and registering onsite?
How much does it cost to participate?
What if I do not have a computer to register?
I can no longer participate, can I transfer my registration?

DONATIONS

Where do I get a donation form?
Who should I make my check out to?
Are donations tax-deductible?
Do all donors receive a receipt?
Are cash donations accepted?

ABOUT THE EVENT

What is the Hike & Seek event?
National Wildlife Federation’s Hike & Seek event helps families discover the health benefits of an active childhood experience. Inspire your child’s sense of adventure on this 1-2 mile (depending on location) nature walk and a scavenger hunt. Join us on the trail for fun activity stations featuring live animals, naturalists, crafts and so much more! Appropriate for children of all ages, especially toddlers to age 10.

What is the purpose of the event? 

Today 25% of kids play outside daily—as opposed to 75% a generation ago—but the average child spends nearly seven hours each day using electronic media. The positive effects of daily, unstructured time outdoors on kids’ health and happiness are well-documented and wide-ranging. National Wildlife Federation encourages families and friends to Be Out There™ to give back to American children what they don’t even know they've lost—their connection to the natural world. 

Are there official locations where Hike & Seek is being held?

Yes. Click here for details on dates and locations.

Will there be food at the event?
We will have a light healthy snack and water available. You are reminded to bring your own water bottle and you may bring a picnic lunch if you would like. There will not be food available for sale.

Can someone talk to our team about the event?
If you would like an NWF representative to call you, please email us at hike@nwf.org.

How long is the event?
Starts will be staggered to allow for the best experience on the trails for everyone. Once you are on the trail, you should feel free to take your time, visit all the stations and rest along the way. All in all, your adventure should take about 2-3 hours, depending on how fast you walk, and how many rest stops you take.

DAY OF THE EVENT QUESTIONS

Are pets, strollers, bicycles or skates permitted at the event?
We strongly encourage you to help us provide the safest route for our participants by leaving your pets, bicycles and skates at home. Strollers are allowed, however many trails are unpaved. Below is a description of the trails:

  • Bemis Woods South, Western Springs, IL—trail is a flat 1-mile loop, unpaved
  • South Platte Park, Littleton, CO—trail is a flat 2-mile loop, unpaved
  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Apple Valley, MN—trail is a flat 1-mile loop, unpaved
  • Seward Park, Seattle, WA—trail is a flat 2-mile loop, paved
  • New York, NY - Location TBD—trail is a partially flat 1-mile loop with some inclines, mostly unpaved
  • NJ Audubon Scherman-Hoffman Center, Bernardsville, NJ—trail is a partially flat 1.5-mile loop with some moderate inclines, unpaved
  • Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD—trail is a 2-mile loop with some moderately steep inclines, unpaved and not stroller accessible
  • Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD—trail is a flat 1-mile loop, somewhat stroller accessible
  • Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA—trail is a flat 1.5-mile loop, mostly paved and ADA accessible
  • Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA—trail is a 1-mile with the occasional steep incline, unpaved and not stroller accessible
  • Houston, TX—Cullinan Oyster Creek Park—trail is a 2-mile loop with some inclines, mostly unpaved

What happens if it rains?
Hike & Seek will occur rain or shine, but please be prepared by dressing in layers and bring a hooded rain jacket, if you have one.

What should I bring to the event?
We will have everything you'll need for your hiking adventure. We suggest you bring a water bottle and you will be able to refill it at the event. If you have not registered online, please be prepared with cash, check or credit card to register on-site. Online registrations are discounted and we encourage you to register in advance as prices will increase the day of the event. We will have a light snack and water available; however, food will not be available for sale. Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch if you would like.

How should I plan on getting to the event?
If you plan to drive, directions are on our website under Event Details and click on Locations. Parking is available at no charge. If possible, we encourage you to use public transportation. Please visit the park's website for the various options for public transit.

VOLUNTEERS

What are the volunteer opportunities?
We'll need assistance with the following areas: 

  • Basecamp & Entry Road Set-Up         
  • Trail Set-Up/Breakdown
  • Parking Volunteers  
  • Volunteer Check-in
  • Registration/Check-In       
  • Guidebook Pick-up
  • Basecamp Floater
  • Stop & Study Station Leader and Assistants
  • Trail Rover/Route Marshall
  • Ranger Rick & Handler
  • Face Painter
  • Refreshment Area
  • Photographer
  • Children’s Area
  • Basecamp Breakdown

For more information on opportunities, please visit the volunteer page here.

Are there volunteer opportunities for individuals as well as groups?
Yes, please email us at hike@nwf.org with your availability for the day of the event. Please put the word "VOLUNTEER" in the subject line of your email.

Is there a deadline for registering to volunteer?
Yes. We would like to determine and finalize all volunteers one week prior to the event in your city. Please email hike@nwf.org for more information.

REGISTERING FOR HIKE & SEEK

Is there a deadline for registering online for the discounted rate?
Yes, please be sure to register online by midnight the Friday evening before your event to receive the online discount. After that time, you may register and pay by cash*, check or credit card onsite the day of the event in the designated registration area. * Cash not accepted at the New York event.

Is my registration tax-deductible?
No, it is not, but any additional donations you may make to yourself, your team, or another team are deductible.

What’s the difference between registering online and registering onsite?
If you choose to register online, you’ll be given the online discount and guaranteed admission to the event. Onsite registration will only be available if the event is not sold out and includes only payments for registration made at the actual park the day of the event. Onsite registration fees are not discounted.

How much does it cost to participate?
For Adults (18 and over) the fee is $12 online or $15 the day of the event. For children (17 and under) the fee is $7 online or $9 the day of the event. Please note that all children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

What if I do not have a computer to register? 
You’ll be able to register onsite. All you need to do is show up to the event site the day of and find the registration tent. We accept *cash, check or credit card the day of the event. * Cash not accepted at the New York event, only credit cards.

I can no longer participate, can I transfer my registration?
Unfortunately we cannot transfer registrations and registration fees are non-refundable.

DONATIONS

Where do I get a donation form? 
On the Donate page there is the option to donate by mail. This option has a link to the printable donation form.

Who should I make my check out to?
All checks should be payable to National Wildlife Federation.

Are donations tax-deductible?
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the applicable tax law.

Do all donors receive a receipt?
All online donors receive an automatic email response thanking them for their donation which may be kept as a receipt. If you mail in a check, your cancelled check will serve as your receipt.

Are cash donations accepted?
Cash donated are accepted onsite at the event (cash not accepted at the New York event) If you are mailing a donation, please convert all cash donations to a check or money order.

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