What:Nature Trail Bench Dedication Ceremony at Genesee Community College Batavia Campus
When:Friday, October 1, 2010, 12:00 PM
Where:Genesee Community College / Batavia Campus
Nature Trail / West Side of Campus by Trail Marker #1
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Who:GCC supporters, PTK members, Earth Club members and nature enthusiasts
Genesee Community College will kickoff Homecoming weekend with a Nature Trail Bench Dedication Ceremony sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the GCC Earth Club. The ceremony will dedicate two park benches, made of recycled plastic, permanently installed at start of the Nature Trail at trail marker #1 (under the Mulberry Tree) and on the woodland trail at approximately marker # 6. The new park benches were made possible by a President’s Innovation Award. Participants will gather at the Nature Trail marker #1 just off College Road West, adjacent to the Nature Trail parking area. The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments from local farmers and baked goods. It is rain or shine and attendees are encouraged to wear hiking shoes.
Originally developed in the 1970s featuring a variety of markers and a correlated Nature Guide highlighting ecological points of interest, the trail was revitalized with a separate PIA Grant in 2007. Students and faculty in the sciences, photographers, art students and the general public use the trail extensively. It contains surprisingly diverse plant species. From Maidenhair fern to American beech –visitors can see a wide variety of plant life regardless of the season. Many birds and mammals make their home along the trail and in the adjacent woods, as well as a multitude of insect and amphibian species.
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