The Trail Project

August 19th, 2013 Posted in College News & Events
The Nature Trail
By Valerie S. McNickol ’86
1986 Janus
Editors Note: This article appeared in the 1986 CCC yearbook “Janus”

“The beauty of nature ‘tis but a bud blossoming in time.” And time is what nature needs in order to give to man. For CCCC, that beauty has been given – it is the Nature Trail.

The construction of the land development began in the Spring of 1978, and took almost three years to complete. Grant monies from the community and the college General Fund helped turn barren fields into plush, green grass and mini-forest. In exchange for the Nature Trail, CEDA, BOCES, the Youth conservation Corps, and the Job Training partnership Act all benefitted from the construction training. Within the past three years, CCCC has planted between 6 – 10,000 trees, and has maintained the upkeep of the freshwater pond and surrounding area. Also added to this section of our campus is the Nature Center, which in the past two Springs has allowed more developed land to be landscaped.

This land was utilized for many reasons. It provides a service for the science classes with fresh water, and land resources. It also provides a peaceful place for students and athletes wishing to escape from the hussle and bussle of college training and pressures.

CCC students in BIOL 208-Conservation of Natural Resources spent the spring semester working on a service-learning project to improve the nature trails behind the Auburn Campus. Suggestions for ten different projects with focus ranging from improving the ponds to creating a better turtle habitat can be viewed on the class blog.

One project titled “Safer Trail,” completed by Kelly Ross, William Ryan, and Mary Tripp, discussed improvements that could be made to the trail by increasing narrow widths and leveling the uneven trails with stone. The group believed that providing landscaping would outline the trails and would provide visual enhancement. Additionally, students suggested making a community garden to grow vegetables that could be donated to local food pantries.

To see more about their project, visit the class blog: http://sheilamyers.weebly.com/nature-trail-project.html.

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