Once a month since September, the seniors of the Trenton High School STEM Academy Building and Design class have visited a different park with Park Naturalist, Christy Athmejvar as part of the Trenton to Trails program. On these monthly field trips, the students learned about nature, the environment, human impact, as well as the outdoor recreational and stewardship opportunities available to them within the county.
On the student’s trip to Baldpate Mountain they learned how to identify different tree species. At Howell Living History Farm the students used hand tools and 19th century techniques while learning about the properties and uses of lumber made from different species of trees. The students used the knowledge to build bench planters that have been installed at Millyard Park, next to Roebling Market.
This capstone project served as an opportunity for the students to give back to the community and apply what they learned by bringing a touch of nature to the city of Trenton.
The Trenton to Trails program is facilitated by the Mercer County Park Commission Naturalist Division with funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Presidents Grant fund.
For more information visit http://www.mercercountyparks.org/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#!/activities/nature-programs.