On Saturday morning (Sept. 3rd), 24 young kids participated in the 'Great Walnut Hunt' at Pardon Gray Preserve. Hurricane Irene had come through and stripped the trees of walnuts. They are large and very hard. Stepping on them does not crush them but more often causes them to roll. This could be a hazard for those walking on the fields. And that says nothing about the temptation for young visitors to throw walnuts. They collected 8844 nuts, an average of 369 for each kid. Now the fields of Pardon Gray Preserve will be much safer for A Country Day at Pardon Gray on Saturday, September 17th.