Saturday, October 29, 2011

ARHS Nature Trail Workday

The nature trail construction workday at Ashley Ridge High School was a tremendous success! 
The National Audubon Society and Toyota have joined forces to launch TogetherGreen, a nationwide initiative that aims to inspire environmental leadership and community-based action.  Details for this project can be seen here.

Image by Emily Cavell

Students from the environmental studies classes of Ms. Minde Wheeler and Mr. Jerry Kociuruba helped plan the workday by forming committees for the construction of small footbridges, a 26-foot footbridge, benches, outdoor classroom, and trail enhancement (clearing, gravel, pine straw).  The poles for the 26-foot footbridges were generously donated by South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G).

Image by Jim Tatum

More photos by Jim Tatum of the Summerville Journal Scene can be seen here.

With the help of staff from the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, students were able to complete one of the two 26-foot footbridge (the other poles were not yet in place), all the smaller footbridges, the outdoor classroom, and the gravel trail from the parking area down to the ditch spanned by the bridge shown in the above image.

Image by Emily Cavell

With the outstanding work by the students and Audubon partners, access is now available to the natural areas on the Ashley Ridge High School campus.  Not only will the students in the environmental studies classes be able to use the trail and continue to make improvements to the trail, but other students and teachers have the opportunity to work trail visits and exploration into their studies!

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