Issue 382: 5 / 9 / 2011

Happy Trails to You

Neal Cordell drives in the ...

Neal Cordell drives in the first stake of the Maxine A. Smith Center Nature Trail.

An area of the beautifully forested 100-acre Maxine A. Smith (MAS) Center was designated for a nature trail. Associate Director of the center Barbara Kernan was assigned to lead the effort to create the trail by the Executive Director of Extended Programs Harry Taylor. Associate Professor of Education and Legal Studies Neal Cordell, gave his expertise by  walking the designated area and roughing out a ¾ mile hiking path. Assistant Professors Joyce Johnson and Jason Jennings (Natural Sciences) gave their insight, as well as Assistant Professor Vicki Armstrong (Landscape and Turfgrass Management). The Saluqi Baseball Team will be instrumental in marking the circumference of the trail and the Science Club will classify and mark flora and fauna to be seen in the area. According to Cordell, “the trail can be used as an outdoor classroom, exercise area or a place to rest.

The first stakes were driven on April 14, 2011 and the group blessed the trail appropriately with “Trail Mix.” Weather premitting, the trail is expected to be compelete during Summer 2011. The Maxine A Smith Nature Trail is located on the SW corner of the college’s property at 8800 East Shelby Drive.

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