Hit Harford’s Trails and Waterways this August to Support Land Preservation

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The Harford 20/20 Challenge, a new activity for outdoor enthusiasts this August, encourages participants to cover 20-miles on land or water anywhere in Harford County. The Harford Land Trust, a local land preservation non-profit, and the Ben Boniface Deer Creek Valley Fund invite you to take the Challenge with the help of an interactive map featuring the many public trails and kayak launches in Harford County.

Registration is $20 for individuals and $35 for families and will be open on Harford Land Trust’s website www.harfordlandtrust.org from July 24 through August 31, 2020. Choose the full 20-mile Challenge or the shorter 10-mile Challenge. In addition to the interactive map, Challenge participants receive a cooling neck gaiter and the opportunity to win various outdoor-themed prizes.

The Challenge raises awareness of the importance of preserving land for public outdoor recreation and supports the Harford Land Trust’s mission of preserving open spaces and natural resources in the county.

“The health crisis is showing us loudly and clearly the importance of access to open space. We invite everyone to hit the trails and waterways this August to enjoy Harford’s most treasured places and to show their support for land preservation,” said Harford Land Trust Executive Director Kristin Kirkwood.

Photo credit Judy Dettner

The Harford 20/20 Challenge is a self-guided outdoor activity appropriate for families or small groups and replaces the Harford Land Trust’s popular summer Ben Boniface Kayak Poker Run.  The new event allows participants to choose their own adventure and explore the natural beauty and many outdoor spaces throughout the county in a way that best aligns with their interests and abilities. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, hiking, running, biking, and horseback riding are encouraged.

The Harford 20/20 Challenge is made possible through generous sponsorship and support from the Ben Boniface Deer Creek Valley Fund, the Office of County Executive Barry Glassman, Visit Harford, Harry and Eileen Webster, and Lassen, Marine & Webster. The nonprofit Harford Land Trust was formed almost thirty years ago by a group of county citizens to protect Harford County’s most treasured lands. The organization supports state and local funding for parks, open space, trails, greenways, and water access. The Harford Land Trust also deploys its own funding from private community donations, grants, and their long-standing land preservation partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Land Trust’s track record includes the preservation of Kilgore Falls on Falling Branch, the Perryman-Forest Green’s Lake Preserve, and the expansions of Anita C. Leight Estuary Center and Eden Mill Nature Center as well as thousands of acres of privately owned land. Visit www.harfordlandtrust.org for more information, to donate, or to become a member.