Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve Opens in Greenville, NY

This newly dedicated nature preserve in Greenville, NY, on the east side of the Shawangunk Ridge near Port Jervis is designed by educators, primarily with children in mind.  I was one of about 100 people who turned out to support the founders and explore the newly opened trails on  75 privately preserved acres of former farmland. The trails–which total about 1.5 miles at the opening (a couple of additional  small segments remain to be built)–meander  between the small Rutgers Creek and another smaller stream that traverse the property. The property was owned and conserved by Paul and Mary F-Brandwein for the purpose of being developed (modestly) as a site for outdoor science education for children. Attendees included the superintendents and teachers from two school districts, rangers from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, neighbors, and others.

I joined a walk on the trails guided by the man who laid them out: Jerry Schierloh (pictured here).  The trails seek out and follow along varied edges–typically richly diverse ecological areas–between meadow and forest, wetland and upland, first succession and older succession areas for example. Even a powerline. It’s a lovely site and one hopes that schools have the resources to make field trips to it. Brandwein has relevant lesson plans available on their website.

–Georgette Weir

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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