BCES Trail Project Receives Snowshoes
Benjamin Cosor Elementary School (BCES) thanks Sullivan Renaissance and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) for securing snowshoes for use on the BCES Trail. CCE had contacted Ms. Lisa Lyons of Livingston Manor’s Morgan Outdoors, who arranged for a discounted cost on 16 pair of children’s sizes and 2 pair of adult sizes. CCE donated 8 of the smaller ones and the adult pairs. FCSD obtained the balance through the Renaissance Grant.
On Tuesday afternoon, January 31, the campus was graced with two inches of fresh snow; just in time for Wednesday’s 5th grade Extended Day Trail Group to use snowshoes. Ms. Lyons, an expert outdoorswoman, explained all the details of the snowshoes and how they are used in different snowy and icy terrains. The children listened intently and asked questions about handouts on animal tracks and different signs that they could encounter in the local forest.
Joining the children along with Ms. Lyons was Ms. Colleen Emery from Renaissance, BCES Trail Coordinators Ms. Leah Exner and Mr. Mark Spina, teacher Mr. Aaron Tremper, who assists with the after school group, and Mr. James Goldfarb, Fallsburg Parks Director and member of FCSD Wellness Committee. Mrs. SueAnn Boyd of CCE, also a member of the Wellness Committee, was unable to attend.
As part of the grant, warm gloves, hats, and snow boots were purchased for children that needed them. After donning the shoes with adult help, the children eagerly ventured forth on the snow, walking, running and jumping. During the next half hour on the Trail, they found fresh deer tracks, a large tree that had recently fallen onto the trail, the last of some American Beech tree leaves, and a freely flowing creek half-covered with frost. Only a few weeks earlier, that creek was bone dry, clearly affected by drought.
The Trail Coordinators were excited about future outings in the snow with more children immersed in nature and learning about the local environment.