Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates the Revitalized Nature Trail at GCC

Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 1:00 PM
Just in time for leaf peepers and happy hikers' autumn walks, Genesee Community College announces the grand reopening of its Nature Trail on the southwestern fringe the College's Batavia campus. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 1:00 PM at the Trail's entrance. The ceremony will be held rain or shine, and will feature specially suited refreshments and decorations such as granola bars, GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), locally produced apple cider served in recyclable cups, and a ribbon made from 100% recycled or natural materials including turkey feathers found during the trail's renovation.

"This is one event where we will definitely walk the walk, and talk the talk," Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications, Earth Club co-advisor, and Nature Trail project team member. "We hope everyone will wear comfortable shoes to explore the trail and enjoy the great outdoors. The public and friendly dogs are warmly welcomed."

The newly revitalized trail features more than 20 posted natural markings with a corresponding Nature Trail Guide that describes noteworthy plants, trees, lichen, and other natural settings. The Nature Trail Guide is available online as a PDF at http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/naturetrail/ or by stopping by the College's front desk.

The revitalization of Genesee's Nature Trail was funded, in part, by a President's Innovation Award in 2006-2008. The project took several years and involved the assistance and support of many organizations and individuals. The Nature Trail project committee gratefully acknowledges the following: Sign Language (signage); the City of Batavia (mulch); Joe Lullo (Eagle Scout project of building and installing more than two dozen Blue Bird boxes); Genesee County Soil and Water (GPS mapping assistance); Genesee County Department of Planning (aerial photographs); and numerous Genesee Community College departments including Buildings and Grounds, the Earth Club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

For a series of photographs of the trail before and after the revitalization project, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.