A special 2018 William T. Hornaday – Colin Livingstone Hike was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The Hornaday Wildlife Conservation award honors the man who was the head taxidermist at the Smithsonian, helped establish the National Zoo, and was the first Director of what is now the Bronx Zoo. He is widely credited with saving the American bison from extinction.
This was the newest entry to the Council’s History & Archives Committee’s H.O.S.T program and was a one-time event. It followed much of the Livingstone Hike but added unique challenges and information about Hornaday, making it a very different hike for those who had previously earned the Livingstone Hike medal.
There were historical displays about the Hornaday Award, plus information about Scouting’s environmental and conservation programs available at the ceremony before the hike. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place promptly at 9 AM with multiple departures leaving shortly after from the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The entire route was approximately 6.5 miles long, finished at the Smithsonian Castle, and took the most of the 430+ registered participants four to seven hours to finish.
If you missed the Hornady Hike, consider signing up for one of the other three History Of Scouting Trail program hikes currently available.