Diamond in the Rough Hike-A-Thon
April 28, 2018
10 am - 3 pm
Black Diamond Trail to Cayuga Nature Center
Hike-A-Thon fundraiser for PRI's educational programs.

1st Annual
Diamond in the Rough

April 28, 2018 | 10-3 pm
Black Diamond Trail to Cayuga Nature Center

The 1st Annual Diamond in the Rough Hike-A-Thon will take place on the beautiful Black Diamond Trail, April 28th, 2018. There are three distances to choose from. The hikes are appropriate for all ages and all hiking abilities. Hikers will end up at the Cayuga Nature Center, and will enjoy free admission and refreshments, live animal program, live music by Rick Manning and friends, and more.

Hiking for a Cause

All proceeds and donations from the hike will be used to promote science education in our community through the programs we provide in environmental and Earth science at PRI's Cayuga Nature Center and Museum of the Earth. A perfect way to celebrate Earth Week! If you wish to donate offline to our Hike-A-Thon fundraiser, you may mail a check made payable to “PRI” with “Hike-A-Thon” in the memo line, to PRI, 1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.


Educational Significance

PRI’s Cayuga Nature Center and the Museum of the Earth offer myriad programs year-round that impart a respect for nature and enhance public environmental awareness. At PRI, we strongly believe in the power of environmental education to motivate people of all ages to get involved in issues affecting our local communities and our global environment. Promoting sustainability and increasing science literacy are at the heart of PRI, as we educate the public about the interconnectedness of the Earth and its life and encourage people to think critically about how humanity can strive to live in harmony with nature.

A sampling of our programs supported by proceeds from this event:

Climate Science Education

Through programs for school groups, exhibits, and public events, at the Cayuga Nature Center and the Museum of the Earth, we teach about climate change, and help people to understand how it relates to issues such as coral reefs, energy production, and wildlife ecology.

Young Naturalist Access Program (YNAP)

Our Young Naturalist Access Program is supported with donations. In 2017, YNAP provided 91 children with a week of summer camp at Cayuga Nature Center, and over 160 children received a family membership to the Nature Center and the Museum of the Earth.

Biodiversity and the Web of Life

Through the nature center’s live animal ambassadors, we present programs focused on native wildlife and their roles in the local environment. These programs teach students about the native species that live in “their backyard”, helping them gain knowledge and appreciation for our local species and the importance of conservation.

Natural History of the Finger Lakes

Learning about how the landscape of the Finger Lakes was formed, why it looks the way it does, and what life was like here through geologic time – these ideas come to life at the Museum of the Earth. Our educators help students and the public gain an appreciation for the past, and in so doing, an awareness of our place as humans in that history.