How to participate
- Pick 2 places that inspire you with the beauty and wonder of nature. Those places, plus your own neighborhood will be the places you walk.
- On 3 days in May walk a total of 10K (or 6 miles) in those three places. You can divide it up however you want, for example 4 miles in one place, and 1 mile in each of the others or 2 miles in each place. (This year, the Rogation Days are May 10-12, but you can pick any 3 days in May that work for you.)
- When you have finished the walk fill out the report form and we will send you your swag.
- There are prayers that you can use for each of the three walks if you want, to remind you of the glory and presence of God in creation. Download the prayers here.
Some suggested places to walk
- Akron Falls State Park
- Buffalo Zoo (you have to make a reservation)
- Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
- Amherst State Park
- Ellicott Creek Trail Way Park
- Niagara Falls State Park
- Stiglmeier Park
- Tonawanda Rails to Trails
- Tifft Nature Preserve
- Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area
- Great Baehre Conservation Park
- Walton Woods Park
- Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
- Letchworth State Park
- Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park
How to report completing the challenge
The swag for this challenge is a medal.
What are Rogation Days?
Rogation Days are days in the spring when people pray for the earth and their neighborhood and especially for a good harvest. The origin of the Rogation Days is probably pre-Christian planting offerings. For centuries it was the practice (and still is in some places) for priests to lead processions that walk all the way around the borders of a parish praying for good harvest and giving thanks for the bounty of the earth. The Rogation Days are the three days before Ascension.
The Rogation Days have always been a combination of: Thanksgiving for nature, the earth, the ecosystem and prayers for good weather. Thanksgiving for the community in which we live and the interdependency that makes a community. Thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth and prayers for those who grow the food that we eat. In the past these things were very closely connected. They are a little more separated now.
Many of us are walking around parks, trails and our neighborhoods more these days and we are all more aware of our interdependency and of those who grow and produce our food, bring it to us and make it available for us.
There are three Rogation Days. This year they are May 10, 11 & 12.