Nature Trail Committee

This group works with to preserve and enhance the beauty of the Nature Trail by eliminating invasive plants and adding native wildflower plants as needed. The trail is 1/2 mile long and markers along the trail indicate volunteer work area assignments. We maintain the Butterfly Garden near the entrance to the Trail and the Rock Garden on the Trail. We also made and maintain the Wildflower Garden on Erickson Way. Our interests extend to helping maintain the beauty of the Lake Charles area, including the Old Stone Bridge Trail, adding native plants around the Lake, and maintaining the quality of the Lake Trail itself.

An annual Nature Trail Festival was established in April, 2018 to promote the environment with displays from on- and off-campus groups and bring the trail to the residents who are not able to walk it, but also to provide guided trail walks for those who want to experience it first hand.

More information about the trail and its history may be obtained by visiting the CHARLESTOWN ARCHIVES in Fountain Hill (Bldg. 1), on Main Street, across from the pharmacy.

Nature Trail

Nature Trail table at Fruits of our Labors 2016

SCHEDULE TIME LOCATION
3rd Wednesday (Except December) 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Cross Creek Creative Arts Studio

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Nature Trail Update

As is our custom, the Nature Trail Committee (NTC) didn't have a December meeting, but now we are full steam ahead in preparing for our expanded Wildflower Day, now to be known as the Charlestown Nature Festival, to be held in the Conference Center from...

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Nature Trail Committee Update

Nature Trail Committee Update Our biggest item of interest is that our Committee has voted to rename and expand Wildflower Day. The event will now be called the Charlestown Nature Festival, and it will still be held in April, this time on...

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Nature Trail Update

After our usual August hiatus, the Nature Trail Committee got busy again in September. Although it is not a scintillating bit of information, we did finally review and approve our Committee Goals and Actions, They are too numerous for this blog, but they...

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Nature Trail Committee Update

Our last Nature Trail Committee blog input was in April, just prior to our Wildflower Day celebration on April 20, which went off very nicely. Mother Nature again graced us with her ephemeral presence. Since then a lot has been happening. Our specialty gardens are all...

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Nature Trail Update

Our last blog input was in January in the dead of winter, and now (April 13) spring is very much upon us. Our second round of cherry trees are now in full bloom. First came the Yoshino cherries with their paler, smaller blossoms, like the ones at the entrance to our campus. The later blooming Kwanzan cherries, with their larger dark pink blooms, are in many places on campus.

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Nature Trail Committee Update

It’s been a while since my September blog input, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been lazy. All of our gardens were well tucked in for the winter a couple of months ago. Harper Griswold, Glenn Young, and I girdled a Paulownia tree which was crowding out native trees near the Herbert’s Run building. Some of our members helped the Invasive Plants Crew remove thorny invasive black locust trees from the dam which forms Lake Charles.

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Nature Trail Committee Update

After traditionally skipping August for a meeting, the Nature Trail Committee met September 21 with a full agenda. We will be participating in the annual Fruits of Our Labor event Sep 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Cross Creek Lobby, where many Charlestown clubs and organizations have representatives and displays at tables to provide information on their groups.

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Nature Trail Update

Both the Garlic Mustard Pull on May 19 and the Stream Clean-up of our portion of East Herbert Run on June 10 were great successes. Each event in its own way helped to environmentally clean up our community. The members of the Nature Trail Committee appreciated the help of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway volunteers, and we showed this by treating them to lunch at the Shortline Cafeteria on both occasions. Read more

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Nature Trail Updates

Winter is still departing us, but some early crocuses are blooming in gardens, so there is hope for spring. Walking the Nature Trail at this time of year is an adventure, and not yet recommended for several weeks. Testing it out in late February, I found that I could slip on snow, ice, or mud, depending on where I was. In fact, my shoes got sucked off twice in mud, so wear something tight and sturdy if you venture out now. Read more

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Nature Trail Updates

This time of year, the Nature Trail is a fairly dormant operation, but a few things keep it interesting. For one, we have added a troll (see pic). He is properly green and peers out from the old spring opening, which seems appropriate, since by Norwegian lore they live in caves. He is about 50 feet from the covered bridge, which is also appropriate, since they reportedly like to hide under bridges and reach up to grab passersby. To round things out, the series of tree section seats nearby can be considered the trolls’ meeting room. Anyhow, kids especially like this part of the Nature Trail, and now they have another reason to enjoy it. Read more

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Fall Activities on the Nature Trail

If you walk along the Nature Trail, be sure to notice the new erosion control branches staked into the hillside just downstream of the covered bridge. Members of the UMBC Lambda Chi Alpha service fraternity completed this backbreaking work during our recent Fall Trail & Stream Clean-up Day. Read more

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Nature Trail Clean-Up

The latest Nature Trail Committee news is our Fall Clean-up of the Trail and Stream. On Saturday, October 10, 23 people participated in a 2-hour weekend clean-up. Then on Wednesday, October 14, ten people participated in our weekday 2-hour clean-up. Read more

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Butterfly Garden and Milkweed

The Nature Trail continues to be a serene place to take a walk on the Charlestown campus. During the summer it has been at least 10 degrees cooler than upper, sunnier areas. A couple of trees came down across the western end of the Trail in July, but they were quickly removed by Grounds personnel. Read more

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Nature Trail Updates

The Nature Trail Committee’s Trail and Stream Clean-up Day on June 6 was not only a resounding success, but also a fun work day, with 19 persons participating. We worked on cleaning Herbert Run and its tributaries, removing downed trees from the stream, pulling garlic mustard weeds, erosion control on the hillside above the Trail, clearing portions of the Trail, picking up trash by the Lake Trail, and weeding the Butterfly Garden. Read more

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Nature Trail Clean-Up Day

The Nature Trail Committee’s Trail and Stream Clean-up Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-12 noon, weather permitting. We have a number of on-going work projects in addition to cleaning up Herbert Run, so come join us if you care to. Read more

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Nature Trail Updates

The Nature Trail Committee continues its activities as the season warms up. The trail to the old stone bridge below the dam is now complete, although clean-up work is still needed on the bridge proper. It has been out of use for many decades, but it is still an interesting site, having been built in 1906. The trail is marked with branches along the sides and surveyor ribbon attached to trees along the way. Resident pendants have been tested, and they do work in the area. Read more

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Nature Trail Opens

Today on April 9 The Nature Trail Committee had its annual Wildflower Day to welcome spring and “open” the Nature Trail for the season.  The rain thankfully held off, and we had well over 100 people in attendance, although only 97 signed in.  Besides walking the Trail, we also showed videos of the Trail, the Trees of Charlestown, and Herbert Run.  Read more

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History of Nature Trail

The Nature Trail was the brainchild of architect Paul Gaudreau (1914-1995), who with his wife Margaret, moved into Brookside in 1993. Soon thereafter he posed his idea for a Nature Trail, which would follow our stream (Herbert Run) through the woods on campus.  John Erickson liked the idea, and wheels were set in motion.  The Trail was built and informally used in 1994-5, but officially dedicated in 1996. Mr. Gaudreau was the first Chairperson of the new Nature Trail Committee.

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