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Hikerfest 2020

Join us Saturday, Oct. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. for our fist virtual Hikerfest.
Preregister to be included in prize drawing.

We’ve really missed seeing you hikers out on the trail and can’t wait to connect with you again at this year’s Hikerfest. Join us for an evening of friends and fun. We’ll be coming to you virtually, so grab some yummy trail mix or a bowl of your favorite ice cream, sit back, and enjoy. All hikers welcome; the event is geared to girls age 11+ and adults.

This year, we’re excited to present National Park Service Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski as our guest speakers. Between them, they have over four decades of experience in botany, law enforcement, winter rangering, first response, and as as stewards of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Many of our local hikers look forward to Sierra backcountry visits with our favorite rangers. We’ll also check in with our volunteer trip leaders to see what they have planned for us in 2021.

More about Rob and Laura Pilewski
Rob Pilewski with Girl Scouts

Rob Pilewski (pictured, center) is originally from Oil City, Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Criminal Justice from Gannon University in Erie, PA., and attended the NPS seasonal law-enforcement training academy at University of Mass, Amherst in 1991. Rob has worked seasonally for the NPS since 1991 including 29 summer seasons at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 20 of those seasons as the Mt. Whitney ranger working at the Crabtree Ranger Station. He worked at Wolf Creek Ski Area in Colorado on Ski Patrol and has worked since 2011 in Tuolumne Meadows as a winter ranger/snow surveyor in Yosemite National Park. 

Laura Pilewski was raised in Rockville, Maryland before moving west. She graduated with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO.  She has worked seasonally for the National Park Service since 1995 for Sequoia National park as both a botanist and wilderness ranger (four and 11 summers respectively). She has worked as a ski patroller at Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwest Colorado (12 winters) and as a wilderness ranger/snow surveyor in Yosemite National Park (nine winters).

This year, it’s been challenging to get on the trail, but our hikers are go-getters! Have you been out hiking with your family? Discovered or investigated new species in your neighborhood? Advocated for an endangered species? Want to be an active part of the party? Email us (annfunk@hotmail.com and media@sdgirlscouts.org) any of the following by Wednesday, Sept. 30:

  • A photo of you enjoying your ice cream or favorite hiker snack.
  • A photo or one-minute video of you safely participating in an outdoor advocacy project or cool hike.
  • Questions for our guest speakers, Rangers Rob and Laura Pilewski.

You can also contact annfunk@hotmail.com (619-504-7892) with questions for the rangers. See you there!

Hiker Videos

Hikerfest 2019

Hikerfest 2018

Hikerfest 2017

Hikerfest 2016