Work day scheduled at OWLS Trail

GRAFTON—In an effort to help leave their community in a better standing than they found it, Cub Scout Pack 6 will be taking part in a clean-up on the grounds of Anna Jarvis Elementary School.

The Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites (OWLS) Trail at the school serves as a place for youths to expand their minds, while getting outdoors in nature. It not only serves students at the school, but is a place for families to visit, to take a break in the fresh air and explore the flora and fauna of Taylor County.

To help ensure the OWLS Trail continues to be a great space, Cub Scout Pack 6 will be making a stop at Anna Jarvis to roll up their sleeves and help with the upkeep of the trail on Monday, May 3 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

During the project, the youths and other community volunteers will work on cleaning up flower beds, tidying up the outdoor classroom and clearing the trail of any litter and major debris.

According to parent volunteer and Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH) Coalition President Alicia Lyons, volunteers will also assist with renovations of the trail’s art stations.

“We hope to cement in the art stations to get that area finished up,” she explained. “Any and all assistance is welcome during the clean-up day.”

She noted that anyone wishing to take part in the clean-up efforts should bring with them their own pair of work gloves, along with any yard tools that could be useful clearing off the trail and the flower beds

The OWLS trail features a defined walking path, benches for visitors to sit while they enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the area and various stations for the county’s youths to expand their minds, while exercising their bodies.

In addition to a lending library, a climbing wall, a balance beam, the classroom and art station, the trail boasts a sensory garden that Lyons hopes to expand with different options.

“If anyone has any herbs or other plants they’d like to add to the sensory garden, they can feel free to bring them to the clean-up event,” she noted.

In an effort to be inclusive of everyone, the trail offers ramps to the learning centers that are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. In the future, there will be a date scheduled to lay pavers on the trail that will make it ADA compliant, as well.

“I’d like to tackle that project next,” voiced Lyons. “I think it will probably take a Saturday to complete, and we are currently looking for anyone with landscaping or labor experience to assist with the project.”

She said that anyone meeting that criteria could email her at [email protected] for more information.

Contributions and donations are always welcomed to help with the maintenance and expansion costs associated with the trail.

To learn more, please contact Lyons at the aforementioned email.



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