The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again sponsor “Rachel’s Rangers,” a series of summertime hiking adventures for children. These hikes are offered Tuesday mornings, and will be led by the staff of the Kearney House. The hikes, to be held “drizzle or shine,” are free with no advance registration required. Each hike will cover about 3 miles over relatively easy trails and will last about 2 hours, from 10 AM to about 12 PM. They are recommended for but not limited to children age seven and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult on all hikes. Children who complete three or more of the hikes will be awarded a certificate naming them an official “Rachel’s Ranger,” named for Rachel Kearney, who in the nineteenth century raised her family and kept a tavern at the Kearney House.
Hikers should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection from poison ivy and ticks. Insect repellent and sunscreen are also recommended, and hikers should bring water to drink. If weather conditions seem questionable, participants can call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108 on the morning of a hike to confirm.