Friends Brown Bay Hike and Clean-Up

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April 13, 2005 – In celebration of Earth Day and National Parks Week, the Friends of the Park will be organizing a hike to Brown Bay on Saturday, April 23 with Chuck Pisko, historian of the St. John Historical Society, as your guide. We will be meeting at the Brown Bay trailhead at the Hermitage shooting range in Coral Bay at 9 a.m. From there we will hike over the ridge into Brown Bay where Chuck will discuss the fascinating history of the sugar plantation, Estate Brownsbay, whereto Tortolans fled from Roadtown during the violent revolt of 1853. There are also two cemeteries that we will be visiting there as well.
As part of an effort to keep our National Park’s beaches sparkling clean, the Friends Adopt-A-Beach program will involve picking up trash along the Brown Bay trail and beach. The Adopt-A-Beach program is meant to instill a sense of stewardship in the community as well as protect marine life from harmful debris. Discarded clothing and personal items have littered Brown Bay beach for some time, so we would like to restore it to its original state for the use and enjoyment of other hikers and beach-goers.
So come out for some exercise and history while giving a little something back to the planet! The Friends will provide gloves and garbage bags, all you need to bring is water, a snack, plenty of sunscreen, and a swimsuit and snorkel gear if you feel up for a swim! If you come late, just hike out the Brown Bay Trail until you meet us! Call Emily at 779-4940 for directions or more information.

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