About the trail

Welcome the Middlesex Elementary Nature Trail!

trail imageEstablished in 2000-2001, the trail has been a work in progress from the beginning and has been managed by several different educational leaders with an inspirational vision.
The length of the trail spans about 600 yards in total from the pavilion on-site, through the woods behind the school, past the outdoor classroom, over several stream beds and bridges, and wraps its travelers back around behind the school to the fields. From there, one would use the gates to traverse the cement bridge and go between two sites currently being redeveloped for environmental education spaces. This leisurely walk takes about 15-20 minutes and is in the category of "easy" as a family-friendly public day-use hike.
In 2006-2007, the local Boy Scouts of America troop worked to revitalize the trail with an Eagle Scout project involving the installation of the current bridge system as well as lining the trail with mulch.
In 2014-2015, Mr. Ewert and Mr. Pierce enlisted the help of over 3 dozen community volunteers, including the Boy Scouts of America, students, parents, grand-parents, siblings, and friends to line the trail with over 50 tons of crusher stone and 15 cu. yards of mulch for the 900 sq. ft. outdoor classroom space. The donation by the Middlesex Township made this event possible. It was a spectacular event to witness!
In the summer of 2015, the Middlesex PTO supported the project by purchasing 3 8-foot composite picnic tables and a resource bin for lesson materials to put in the outdoor classroom. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy also became a collaborative partner with the trail as Middlesex Nature Trail became a site listed in the database for AT Seasons, a phenology monitoring website allowing data collection along the entire corridor of the Appalachian Trail for environmental analysis of trends and future decision making.
The Middlesex Environmental Service Learning Club was created in the Fall of 2015 to provide students an opportunity to use the trail and classroom space as a environmental education laboratory to study topics of interest and identify projects for future study.

Nature Trail

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