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Urban Hike from Myriad Botanical Gardens to begin in March

Take a hike, literally, with a new Urban Hike beginning this spring at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Immediately after the regularly scheduled monthly Guided Walking Tour, instructors from the YMCA will lead participants on an hourlong hike through downtown Oklahoma City. Target locations will be announced before the hike. Bring water and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Walk-ups are welcome. Geared toward adults. Children and strollers are welcome to join.

The first hike is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 28, with Jessica Brodmerkel, YMCA Downtown District health and wellness director. The route will be from the Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave., north on Hudson Avenue to the Survivor Tree at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. After park rangers give a history of the tree, the group will hike NW 5 to the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA for a water stop. While there, participants will learn about the Y partnership with LiveStrong, which assists those who are living with or beyond cancer.

Dates for the Urban Hike are March 28, May 30, July 25 and Sept. 26. Each hike is free, will begin at 11 a.m. and end by noon.

Guided Walking Tours of the Gardens are from 10 to 11 a.m. the last Saturday of the month. Each month features different plants from the outdoor collection that thrive in our region, from year-round color to drought-tolerant choices. Participants meet in the South Lobby Visitor Center.