Students volunteer at nature center

Posted May 20, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.

JEFFERSON — Recently, 14 Chewonki’s Semester School students arrived at nearby Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson to roll up their sleeves and do some community service work. They broke into three groups, each led by a HVNC volunteer. Two groups cleared an old logging road in anticipation of future logging, all done sustainably under strict standards of the Forest Stewardship Council. The mile-long trail also will be used for recreational purposes, such as hiking, biking and skiing.

The other group gave the exterior of the 15-year-old yurt a much-needed bath. They stacked firewood and cleaned the wood stove for the benefit of future users. The yurt and other primitive huts and pondside camping are available for use by the public.

This is the 46th semester of Chewonki’s program for high school juniors who come from all over the country. In honor of the students’ contribution, the new trail will be named Route 46.

Hidden Valley Nature Center, located in Jefferson, is a member-based, community supported organization with diverse habitat, many small ponds and vernal pools, miles of trails, and a range of low-impact, sustainable forestry projects. It is dedicated to providing educational and recreational opportunities to the community throughout the year. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit www.hvnc.org/ , email gary@hnvc.org or call 586-6752.

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