"It's beautiful," Coffield said of the hike. "At the end of the trail, you have a breathtaking view into the New River Gorge."
For school families, the hikes also are a fundraiser, Coffield said. Students are taking pledges for their hikes, and area businesses have sponsored each Saturday event.
"We would love for our sponsoring businesses to join us," she said.
Participation is building each week, Coffield added.
"There are so many walks and runs and road races being done. We were thinking about Montessori education and the life lessons it teaches and we came up with the hike idea - it's sort of like that Robert Frost poem ('The Road Not Taken), where you take a different path and things turn out differently," she said.
It's been fun watching families during the Saturday hikes, because children indeed have different styles of exploring, Coffield said.
"Some of them run as fast as they can to the end of the trail. Others go more slowly and pick up rocks along the way."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
- What: Family Hiking Series
- When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday
- Where: Kanawha City, meet at 57th Street and Noyes Avenue
- Info: www.educatewv.com