New Nature Trail Built in Preparation for Unveiling on Earth Day

April 15, 2014-On Saturday, April 12th, twenty-five Lock Haven University faculty, staff, students, and members of the community worked together to build the LHU Nature Trail.  Within five hours, two interpretative plaques were installed along with posts for five more, large amounts of trash were removed, the trail was raked, and nearly the entire trail was blazed. 

Bob Myers, Director of Environmental Studies and editor of The Hemlock, an online newsletter about the environment and culture of central Pennsylvania, is excited about the trail:  “The idea for the project began a year ago when we discovered that a trail had been built in the 1930s by the LHU Naturalist Club (led by Professor Levi Ulmer).  We’ve worked hard this year raising funds, planning the trail, and designing interpretative plaques that would restore the old trail.  On Saturday, the trail actually began to take shape.” 

Myers acknowledges the many people that have contributed to this project: “Joby Topper, Director of the Library, has done extensive research on the history of the changing campus.  Lenny Long, Jeff Walsh, Lynn Bruner, John Reid, Elizabeth Gruber, and Lynn Gray showed up on Saturday and helped organize the work groups.  Our students worked tirelessly to help create a permanent addition to the campus.  The Facilities department has been helpful from the beginning.  Jan Bottorf designed the plaques, and Mike Brown of Brownie’s Signs did an outstanding job of producing them.  And we especially appreciate Robert “Butch” Davey, retired Sproul State Forester, who blazed the trail with the help of our students.”

With a few minor tasks to complete, the trail will be ready for its unveiling on Earth Day, April 22nd, at 5:00 p.m. in front of Robinson Hall.  The public is invited to attend this event, and they are strongly encouraged to enjoy the completed trail.

For more information, please contact Bob Myers at (570) 484- 2236 or

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