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Alcona Schools work on nature trails

LINCOLN, Mich. — Alcona Schools continues to develop it’s nature trails behind the elementary school.

The 40 acres of land was purchased two years ago. Alcona Schools is still mapping and marking the trails for students and, eventually, community use. Science Teacher Jenny Schroeder says this property provides many opportunities for their students. “There are so many benefits to having this property here,” she said. “One is it gives us immediate and easy access for students, for many uses. We have our cross country team that runs out here on our trails, we have our FAA that’s working out here on our trails, and our elementary science program that’s out here on our trails.”

The forest is home to a number of different environments, including a birch forest, wetlands, ponds, and more. Schroeder says the convenient location allows them to keep involving their students with hands-on experiences with nature during the pandemic. The diversity gives us the ability to do lots of different things with students, and it’s right here,” she said. “In a time where we’re experiencing COVID and we can’t take students off site, which we would normally do and work with many partners, we can do it here on our own property.”

Signage will soon be posted along the trails.